Alfa back with a bang on Britain’s roads
ALFA Romeo sales are strong in Britain again, on the back of the beautiful Focus-sized Giulietta and the car seen here, the Fiesta-class MiTo, a three-door sports-hatch.
UK sales were up a storming 60 per cent in the first quarter.
From next month, MiTo versions are now reduced from 17 to nine. There are name changes, too, Turismo and Lusso trim levels being replaced with the Sprint; entry-level versions are now known as Progression, and Distinctive and Quadrifoglio Verde versions replace Veloce and Cloverleaf.
A new 78bhp, 1.4-litre, eight-valve engine with stop-start, replaces the 95bhp motor. It gains in mpg and emissions.
Prices for this model start at £12,250 in Progression trim.
Other petrol engines are the 1.4 in 105bhp and 135bhp tune. Top dog is the 170bhp Quadrifoglio Verde, at £17,955.
There are two diesel engines, and the 85bhp 1.3 dips under the 100g/km CO2 barrier, meaning no annual road tax or first registration fee and, importantly, no London congestion-zone payments.
Business users can also claim 100 per cent capital allowance in the first year.
Sold in Sprint trim, it costs £14,450. Kit is better, too. Distinctive and Quadrifoglio Verde get cruise control, sports pedals and rear parking sensors.
ALFA LEADER: MiTo.