The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - YOUR CAR -

That MiTo name is a clever play on words, com­bin­ing as it does the first two let­ters of Mi­lan (where Alfa Romeo was con­ceived) and Turin – or in Ital­ian ‘Torino’ (where the cars are made).

Yes, this car is a lot cheaper than the larger Alfa Romeos you may have been used to, but it’s also still pretty prof­itable given that the money to de­velop its un­der­pin­nings and en­gines was al­ready spent a few years be­fore this car’s orig­i­nal launch on its close cousin, Fiat’s Punto. Fortu- nately for po­ten­tial buy­ers, the two cars have a very dif­fer­ent feel thanks to the MiTo-spe­cific steer­ing, seat­ing, sus­pen­sion and brakes.

Most cars have some kind of styling brand iden­tity but with an Alfa, the whole shape has a unique look that could be­long to no other mar­que, from the ser­pent-eat­ing-baby badge on the shield-shaped front grille to the rounded jewel-like LED tail lights.

The MiTo has a re­li­a­bil­ity record that’s at the lower end of ac­cept- able. In a very com­pre­hen­sive re­view in 2013, the Ger­man TuV or­gan­i­sa­tion looked at all two to three-year-old used cars and ranked them in or­der from one to 132. The MiTo ranked 96th which isn’t a stel­lar score, but a few years ago, you’d have put money on a used Alfa be­ing in the bot­tom 20, so that’s progress of a sort.

If you pre­fer a bit more verve and style in your life, the Alfa Romeo MiTo could well be a very smart choice, es­pe­cially in post-2010 guise.

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