LOOK­ING FOR A SEXY SU­PER­MINI? TRY ALFA ROMEO’S STYLISH MITO

Alfa Romeo has gar­nered a rep­u­ta­tion for Ital­ian flair and de­sign, with its SUV the Stelvio cur­rently get­ting lots of at­ten­tion. But there’s a lit­tle gem at the start of the range too

Belfast Telegraph - NI Carfinder - - Front Page - BY PAUL CON­NOLLY

WHAT’S NEW? ALFA Romeo’s small­est car, the Mito, had a re­vamp for 2017, with smart new lines and im­proved trim lev­els.

It was al­ways a good looker, and now it’s even bet­ter.

Launched eight years ago, this is still the first gen­er­a­tion of the Mito al­though sev­eral good up­dates and an ex­cel­lent ini­tial de­sign have en­sured it has stayed fresh: stylish, prac­ti­cal and great to drive.

It’s al­ways been a car that had some­thing a bit spe­cial in the looks depart­ment. When it de­buted back in 2008, the event was, with a typ­i­cally Ital­ian flour­ish, at a mag­nif­i­cent 15 cen­tury pile called Castello Sforzesco.

Whether the Duke of Milan’s an­ces- tors were hop­ing the cas­tle magic would rub off on the Mito, or that some of the Alfa magic would rub off on the Castello is not sure.

LOOKS AND DE­SIGN

What’s new with the re­vised new model? Well, cru­cially it’s been re-sculpted to align it­self with the new Alfa Romeo Gi­u­lia, the com­pact ex­ec­u­tive saloon upon which Alfa has pinned big hopes.

Ex­ter­nally, Alfa’s de­sign­ers have given the Mito a good mid-gen­er­a­tion work­ing over and it works.

Styling re­vi­sions in­clude new sports grilles, dark-fin­ish head­lamp bezels, new rear bumper de­signs and fresh al­loy wheels.

They haven’t ex­actly gone over­board with new paint op­tions – there’s just one, but it is rather nice: a new ‘Alfa White’.

CABIN AND EN­GINE

The cabin has had the on­ceover as well. Bet­ter seat up­hol­ster­ies have been added to

complement an im­proved dash and cen­tre con­sole and, cru­cially these days, the tech­nol­ogy has been up­dated.

Noth­ing mega has changed un­der the bon­net, but there is an addition to the en­gine range – an up­dated and ef­fi­cient 1.3-litre JTDM-2 turbo diesel with a power out­put of 95hp – to complement the ex­ist­ing as­sort­ment of Twinair, Mul­ti­air, diesel and turbo pow­er­plants.

NEW MODEL RANGE

New trim lev­els have been in­tro­duced, scrap­ping the previous Pro­gres­sive, Dis­tinc­tive and QV Line mod­els.

In­stead, af­ter the en­try-level model, we get the much more Ital­ian-sound­ing Super, Spe­ciale and Ve­loce trims.

STAN­DARD EQUIP­MENT

The out­go­ing “Pro­gres­sion” en­try level model is re­placed by a new trim known sim­ply as Mito.

Stan­dard equip­ment gen­er­ous and in­cludes new 16-inch al­loy wheels, satin chrome-ef­fect ex­te­rior de­tail­ing (grille sur­rounds, head­lamp and tail lamp sur­rounds), air con­di­tion­ing, Alfa DNA driv­ing mode se­lec­tor, a rear spoiler and a Ucon­nect 5-inch touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with DAB and Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity.

En­gine choices in­clude the 78hp 1.4-litre petrol, 875cc Turbo Petrol Twinair 105hp and the 1.3 JTDM-2 95hp.

Key op­tions in­clude the Vis­i­bil­ity Pack (auto head­lamps and wipers, elec­tro-chromic rear-view mir­ror and fold­ing door mir­rors) and Com­fort Pack (front cen­tre arm­rest, floor mats, rear park­ing sen­sors and front seat lum­bar ad­just­ment.

There’s also an at­trac­tive Sport Pack (tinted win­dows, front fog lamps, sports in­stru­ment cluster and red brake) and you can also spec the fol­low­ing: dual-zone cli­mate con­trol, elec­tric sun­roof; sat nav and an eight-speaker BOSE au­dio sys­tem.

DIS­TINC­TIVE TRIM

Re­plac­ing the old “Dis­tinc­tive” trim level is the new Alfa Romeo Mito Super which builds on the stan­dard Mito’s spec­i­fi­ca­tion by adding cruise con­trol; 17-inch ‘ Tur­bine’ al­loy wheels; and Alfa code im­mo­biliser and alarm.

You also get front fog lamps; spe­cial up­hol­stery with Eco-leather side bol­ster­ing; alu­minium sports ped­als, footrest and kick­plates; chrome ef­fect win­dow sills; satin-ef­fect door han­dles; space-saver spare wheel and the Com­fort Pack as stan­dard.

A wide range of op­tions and en­gines is avail­able in­clud­ing the Lusso Pack (leather up­hol­stery with heated front seats, dual-zone cli­mate con­trol and a third rear seat with head re­straint and seat belt and an 18-inch al­loy wheel up­grade.

En­gines of­fered in Super spec in­clude the 875cc Turbo Petrol Twinair 105hp, the 1.3 JTDM-2 95hp and the 1.4 Mul­ti­air 140hp petrol with ALFA TCT trans­mis­sion and steer­ing wheel-mounted gearshift pad­dles.

NEW MID-RANGE MODEL

In place of the QV Line, the new Alfa Romeo Mito Spe­ciale of­fers the looks and spec­i­fi­ca­tion of the new Ve­loce flag­ship (which, in turn, re­places the Quadri­foglio Verde) but is avail­able with the 875cc Twinair 105hp turbo petrol; the 1.3 JTDM-2 95hp diesel en­gine or the 1.4 Mul­ti­air 140hp petrol with ALFA TCT trans­mis­sion.

In addition to the equip­ment on the Super, the Spe­ciale adds 17-inch dark­ened five-hole al­loy wheels; a flat-bottom steer­ing wheel; red stitch­ing on the steer­ing wheel, gear shifter and hand­brake; steer­ing wheel-mounted gearshift pad­dles on the Alfa TCT ver­sion and a long list of other extras and good­ies.

RANGE-TOP­PING MODEL

The new range-top­per, the Alfa Romeo Mito Ve­loce, is avail­able from £20,500 and is pow­ered by the most pow­er­ful en­gine in the range, the 1.4 Mul­ti­air 170hp petrol with ALFA TCT trans­mis­sion (with steer­ing wheel-mounted gearshift pad­dles) mak­ing it ca­pa­ble of reach­ing 62mph in just 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 136mph.

Stan­dard equip­ment is a long list in­clud­ing 18-inch, dark­ened five-hole al­loy wheels; Alfa Ac­tive Sus­pen­sion sys­tem; Brembo brakes with four-pis­ton front brake cal­lipers (fin­ished in red); up­graded Ucon­nect 5-inch touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem and twin chromes ex­haust tail pipes.

The new Mito range is avail­able now, priced from £12,960 to £20,500.

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