MiTo will boost Alfa’s UK sales

Alfa Romeo MiTo MY2011

Alfa Romeo MiTo MY2011

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A SIGNIFICANTLY revised Alfa Romeo MiTo is being introduced with lower entry prices combined with higher standard specification and a new sub 100g/km CO2 version writes Bryan Longworth.

MiTo has been a big hit for the Italian manufacturer combining classic styling with good performance and handling reminscent of those iconic Alfa Romeos of the past.

The MiTo range has now been streamlined from 17 versions to nine with both Turismo and Lusso trim levels being replaced with the Sprint, entry level models are now known as Progression and Distinctive and Quadrifoglio Verde versions replace Veloce and Cloverleaf.

Prices have been reduced across the range and now start at £12,250 and rise to £17,955 on the road with some models having cruise control, sports pedals and rear parking sensors as standard.

Three new engines, two petrol and a diesel, are available with the petrol units having superior power, torque and mpg plus Start&Stop with the diesel having 95g/km CO2 meaning free road tax and first registration fee.

Business users can also claim 100 per cent capital allowance in the first year of ownership and there is also a new colour, Metal Bronze.

I have just been driving the Mito 1.3 JTD 95bhp Veloce which is being replaced by one of the new models and which combines a very impressive fuel consumption with traditional Alfa handling and performance.

It also shares a very attractive body with the latest models and this means the Mito will continue to win new friends for Alfa because the car has very eyecatching styling.

There was a combined fuel consumption of 65.7mpg, a top speed of 112mph and an acceleration time of 11.6 seconds for the zero to 62mph sprint.

I also liked the DNA system for sporty and winter driving modes, the carbon fibre effect dashboard and instruments which all added to the sporting image of the MiTo that is a combination of the names of Milan and Turin.

My only grumble concerned the left foot rest and area around which felt rather cramped.

Otherwise the MiTo is a very enjoyable three door car that will be even better for value for money following the latest upgrade.

My Verdict: The latest MiTo will boost Alfa’s UK sales surge.

Model: Alfa Romeo MiTo.

Engines: Two petrol and one diesel.

Model range: Nine.

Trim levels: Four.

Prices: From £12,250 on the road.