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Alfa Romeo MiTo hatchback (2008-2018) - Interior & comfort

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

Carbuyer Rating

2.1 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.3 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

1.5 out of 5

Comfort and interior quality are not the Alfa Romeo MiTo's strongest suits. Recent updates have brought a freshened-up dashboard and new plastics, but there are still lots of mismatched materials, hard edges and examples of poor fitment. Plus, with firm suspension and lots of road noise, comfort isn't up to the standard of leading rivals like the MINI and Audi A1

Even models with adjustable ‘active’ suspension don’t ride very well. On top of that, rear visibility is pretty poor due to the shallow back windows – an example of eye-catching design affecting practicality.

Alfa Romeo MiTo dashboard

Round air vents, chrome-ringed dials and textured dash materials help the Alfa Romeo MiTo's dashboard reflect a little bit of the exterior's style. However, lots of the materials used are hard and poor-quality, while the switchgear is old-fashioned and feels cheap.

The air-conditioning controls are located too low down and even the steering wheel doesn’t feel particularly high-class. On the plus side, even the most basic model gets a five-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth phone connectivity and DAB and the option to add TomTom sat nav.

Equipment

The MiTo range starts with a model simply called MiTo. Here you’ll find 16-inch alloy wheels, satin chrome-effect exterior detailing, air-conditioning, Alfa’s DNA switch, a rear spoiler and that touch screen. However, you’re limited here to the less powerful engines, so the 138 and 168bhp options are off-limits.

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Step up to Super trim, which is available with any engine except the 170bhp petrol, and you’ll find cruise control, 17-inch alloys, an alarm and immobiliser, special upholstery with ‘Eco-Leather’ side bolstering, chrome and satin effect interior, a space-saver spare wheel and rear parking sensors as standard.

The MiTo Speciale is available with all engines apart from the basic 77bhp and the range-topping 168bhp versions. Speciale models come with 17-inch darkened alloy wheels, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, sports dials, sports seats in fabric and Alcantara, a sports rear bumper, tinted rear glass and red brake callipers.

The MiTo Veloce sits at the top of the range and comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, adjustable ‘active’ suspension, high-performance Brembo brakes and an upgraded Uconnect infotainment system with satellite navigation.

Options

Just like its key rival the MINI, the Mito can be personalised with a wide range of alloy-wheel designs, contrasting roof colours and exterior paint shades. You can add handy features like power-folding door mirrors, sat nav and parking sensors, too. 

There’s a range of option packs available, although not all are offered on all trims. Highlights include the £310 Visibility Pack (automatic headlights, wipers and dimming rear-view mirror), the £750 Lusso Pack (heated leather seats, dual-zone climate control), sat nav (£750) and an eight-speaker BOSE stereo upgrade (£675).

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