Alfa back with a bang on Bri­tain’s roads

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS PERFORMANCE PROMISE FROM MERCEDES-BENZ -

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.

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