Alfa Romeo MiTo Review

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Alfa Romeo MiTo Review

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Once inside the Alfa Romeo MiTo, the seats almost hug the driver and front passenger but not to the point of being uncomfortable; it's just enough to feel secure during enthusiastic driving and the majority of MiTo customers will be doing just that.

Once inside the Alfa Romeo MiTo, the seats almost hug the driver and front passenger but not to the point of being uncomfortable; it's just enough to feel secure during enthusiastic driving and the majority of MiTo customers will be doing just that.

The cockpit comes in no less than five different colours, depending on which trim level is chosen. The Alfa Romeo MITo test car had Sprint Black finish and the others are listed as, Sprint Red and Competizione Blue, Black or Red. All of the trim materials extend into the front door panels for a more integral feel and, to emphasise the sporty aspect, the Competizione colours have a carbon fibre pattern, which accentuates the curves as the upper fascia flows over the central air vents followed by the twin contours of the instrument nacelle. The carbon-fibre effect doesn't cover the whole of the dashboard but there is enough that it could look 'tacky' however, the interior designers have managed to carry it off.

Or perhaps it is simply because it is an Alfa and as such, can be forgiven anything. With Alfa Romeo cars, there are always little niggles to be overlooked and for me, it was the rake- and reach-adjustable steering column, which doesn't drop down far enough. That was the only beef I had and it was soon forgotten. Besides, the Alfa Romeo MiTo test car had a height-adjustable seat as well as lumbar support so a compromise is easily reached.

The Alfa Romeo MiTo's instrument cluster has chrome surrounds to the dials giving it a 'technical' look and there is something evocative about them being labelled in Italian; acqua, giri, benzina etc. To the left, the satin finish centre console in the test car, housed the Blaupunkt audio system with CD and MP3 player and RDS radio. New to this segment is a double antennae tuner with twin aerials for better reception. The Veloce trim comes with Blue&Me hands-free system incorporating voice recognition and a media player with a USB port. It doesn't include Satellite navigation but the same system with sat-nav is available as an option, as is a Bose Sound System.

Just below the main console and set back a little, is the comfort control panel for the manual air-conditioning, complete with pollen filter. And just below this, on the central tunnel, ahead of the gear shift, is the DNA switch. It has three settings: Dynamic, Normal and All Weather. All Weather offers more gentle responses, while the Traction control increases its sensitivity, which is great for loose surface or snowy conditions.

'Normal' is just that; it is the setting for day-to-day driving, especially around town. 'Dynamic' on the other hand, sees the power assisted steering cut back for a sportier, more direct feel. The suspension becomes stiffer and the Vehicle Dynamic Stability Control (VDC) and Anti Slip Regulation (ASR) allow a lot more fun, before cutting in. On the higher output petrol and diesel engines, 'D' also provides an over-boost facility.

Flicking to Dynamic whilst driving at a constant throttle position, the driver can feel the car surge forward and pick up speed. The change is almost instant, which makes it great for swift overtaking manoeuvres or simply exploring the Alfa Romeo MiTo's capabilities, along with the stability and agility that is on offer.

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Alfa Romeo MiTo Road Test Data
Model ReviewedAlfa Romeo MiTo 1.4TB Veloce
  
Body TypeHatchback
ColourGiulietta Red
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph8.0 Seconds
Top Speed 134 mph
  
Transmission5 Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban34.9 mpg
Extra Urban56.5 mpg
Combined46.3 mpg
  
Insurance Group6
Euro NCAP Rating5
Warranty3 years / Unlimited miles
Price (when tested on the 13/08/09)£13,995

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