Review

Alfa Romeo MiTo hatchback

Price  £12,760 - £20,300

Alfa Romeo MiTo hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Stylish looks
  • Efficient engines
  • Decent equipment
Cons
  • Numb handling
  • Firm suspension
  • Poor-quality interior

At a glance

The greenest
1.3 JTDM-2 85bhp Sprint 3dr £15,505
The cheapest
1.4 78 BHP Progression 3dr £12,760
The fastest
1.4 TB MultiAir 170 bhp Quadrifoglio Ver 3dr £20,300
Top of the range
1.4 TB MultiAir 170 bhp Quadrifoglio Ver 3dr £20,300

“The Alfa Romeo MiTo offers bundles of style and economical engines, but can’t match the MINI for interior quality or driving fun.”

The Alfa Romeo MiTo is a small supermini with a big slice of Italian style. It also offers a wide selection of efficient engines and a lengthy list of options to personalise the car. There's even a decent amount of space inside, which can just about fit four adults.

On the downside, it's not as comfortable as the likes of the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo and Citroen DS3. It also lacks the overall quality and premium feel of the MINI and Audi A1, while even the cheaper Vauxhall Adam feels better built.

Some of the plastics and panels used inside look and feel cheap, while the driving position is cramped and uncomfortable. The firm suspension thumps over bumpy roads and plenty of noise gets into the cabin at speed.

However, the engines offer great fuel economy, which goes some way towards making up for the MiTo's other issues. There's a choice of three petrols and two diesels. The two-cylinder TwinAir petrol is the cheapest and also arguably the best choice, thanks to its 99g/km CO2 emissions, tax-free motoring and claimed 67.2mpg fuel economy. And in spite of its tiny 875cc capacity, it produces 105bhp, enough to accelerate the car from 0-62mph in 11.4 seconds.

The offbeat hum and vibration of the two-cylinder TwinAir engine isn’t for everyone, though. Fortunately the bigger MultiAir petrol engine impresses with its smoothness and is available with either 140 or 170bhp. The diesels are popular, too: there's a choice of a 1.3-litre 85bhp or a 1.6-litre 120bhp MultiJet here. The less powerful of those two claims over 80mpg fuel economy and 90g/km CO2 emissions, while even the quicker 120bhp car is claimed to return 65.7mpg.

The TwinAir petrols and diesels come with a manual gearbox, while the MultiAir petrol is exclusively paired up with a TCT twin-clutch automatic gearbox. The Alfa Romeo MiTo isn’t cheap, though: prices start at just under £15,000 and rise to just under £19,000.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.2 / 5

With both diesel and petrol engines emitting less than 100g/km of CO2, the Alfa Romeo MiTo is frugal and cheap to run

Engines, drive & performance

3 / 5

All Alfa Romeo MiTos come with the firm’s DNA system, which gives you three driving modes but it isn’t as much fun as a MINI or as comfortable as an Audi A1

Interior & comfort

2.5 / 5

There’s lots of wind and tyre noise, especially on top-spec modelsThere’s lots of wind and tyre noise in the Alfa Romeo MiTo, especially in top-spec models with larger wheels

Practicality & boot space

2.9 / 5

Alfa Romeo MiTo interior storage and rear passenger space is poor, but the 270-litre boot is big enough for a week’s shopping

Reliability & safety

2.5 / 5

All versions have a full five-star safety rating

What the others say

3.1 / 5
based on 4 reviews
4 / 5
“The driving position is low and sporty, and while some plastics don’t have the high-quality feel of a German car's, the raft of kit compensates.”
5 / 10
“It's far better kitted out for the money than a Mini, so all you have to do is decide whether or not you like the way it looks. We do.”
4 / 5
“This is the first Alfa in a very long time that appeals to both the heart and the head.”
2 / 5
“The Mito neither steers nor rides with the precision and composure you expect of a sporty-looking supermini.”
What owners say 
4.3213333333333
4.3 /5 based on 75 reviews
67%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
23 Dec 2014
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