This larger unit was in the Alfa Romeo MiTo test car, where it produces the 155bhp at 5,500rpm and 230Nm of torque at 3,00rpm.
There is still an army of people who believe that a diesel engine in an Alfa is an anathema but they have clearly never driven a car with the acclaimed, JTD engine under the bonnet. For the Alfa Romeo MiTo there are two new and improved units available - a 1.3 JTDM (90bhp) and a 1.6 JTDM (120bhp), offering good fuel consumption figures and plenty of torque.
There are three petrol engines available for the Alfa Romeo MiTo; all have a 1.4-litre capacity but with varying outputs. The entry-level is normally aspirated and offers 95bhp (96.3PS), the 120bhp (122.7PS) version is turbocharged and available across the range while the 155bhp (157PS) unit, also turbocharged, is only available in the Lusso and Veloce trimmed cars.
This larger unit was in the Alfa Romeo MiTo test car, where it produces the 155bhp at 5,500rpm and 230Nm of torque at 3,00rpm. The top speed is 134mph after a 0-62mph dash of 8.0 seconds, measured with a driver and 30kg of load. There is a fair amount of torque steer and spirited driving requires a lot of concentration but it is entertaining.
All but the 120bhp petrol engine have a very purposeful, 6-speed manual gearbox, while the exception drives through a 5-speed manual. The diesels are generally more economical and cleaner but the tested engine is not too bad, with economy figures of; 33.2mpg, 53.3mpg and 43.5mpg for the urban, extra-urban and combined, respectively and CO2 emissions are measured at 153g/km.
On-board safety systems across the range include VDC comprising Hill-hold, ABS, ASR and Brake Assist with Q2 Electronic, which improves the transfer of torque to the wheels in the same manner as a limited slip differential, for better cornering.
A full set of airbags is standard in the Alfa Romeo MiTo, including one for the driver's knees, and the front seats have safety pretensioners and load limiters.
Standard equipment from the Turismo up includes the Fire Prevention System (FPS), follow-me-home lights, powered and heated wing mirrors, electric windows and central locking. The Lusso adds secondary audio controls on the leather-clad steering wheel, front foglights, chrome exhaust pipes and the carbon-fibre effect dashboard.
The top-of-the-range, Veloce further adds 17-inch alloys, red-painted brake callipers, a sports rear bumper with extractor, sports dials with white illumination, a rear spoiler and a front armrest with storage, which will be in the upright position most of the time, as it gets in the way of the hand-brake.
We are told that the Alfa Romeo MiTo is designed to compete with the likes of the MINI, in terms of driveability and dynamics but for me there is no competition, the Alfa Romeo MiTo will win every time.13 August 2009
Alfa Romeo MiTo Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Alfa Romeo MiTo 1.4TB Veloce|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||8.0 Seconds|
|Top Speed||134 mph|
|Transmission||5 Speed Manual|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||56.5 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5|
|Warranty||3 years / Unlimited miles|
|Price (when tested on the 13/08/09)||£13,995|