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Mito has style in abundance

 
Created on 02/04/2015 @ 07:46
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Alfa Romeo is relying heavily on the motorist who is looking for a slice of Italian style to guarantee sales of the Mito and the 1.4 QV Line has that style in abundance.


The Mito is distinctive and really needs to be if it is to stand out in the company of Mini, Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo and Audi A1 in the supermini sector.

On test was the 1.4Multiair QV 140bhp which for me is the pick of the bunch of three petrol and two diesel options

The MultiAir 140bhp petrol engine impresses with its smoothness with a top speed of 130mph and 0-62mph in 8.1seconds. And with CO2 levels at 124g/km and average fuel consumption of over 52mpg it competes well in the sector.

Outwardly the Mito is about as distinctive as it gets. There’s no halfway measures, you either like the look or you don’t. 

With the front number plate fixed on the left side rather than centre you know this is an Alfa long before it gets close enough to identify the distinctive badging. And with the test car standing on 18” Exclusive Quadrifoglio alloys it certainly attracts admiring glances.
Extras ojn the test model including electrically folding door mirrors and sunroof while sports kick plates, while the gloss burnished front grille, wing mirror covers, headlight surround and door handles are standard.

Front fog lights and stunning red brake callipers, a chrome tailpipe and chrome light surrounds all add to the exciting looks.
Inside you get the “wow” factor with darkened interior headlining, a flat bottomed black leather steering wheel and handbrake, impressive badging, steering wheel paddles and distinctive sports dials with white illumination. 

It feels great behind the wheel with all the controls just where you would expect to find them and plenty of steering wheel adjustment to help you find the most 
comfortable position.

This Mito hits the road at £18,370 but with full leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual zone climate control, a visibility pack containing rain and dusk sensors, together 
with VP2 Uconnect with Bluetooth the test car would set you back £19,605.

You have to remember this is a supermini so space in the back is limited, though there is a 60/40 split to help extra luggage space when needed, though there aren’t 
enough pockets inside.

The bigger wheels mean lots of tyre noise and there was enough wind noise to concern rear seat passengers on the motorway as well as complaints about hard seats.

Alfa will attract the buyers they need in the UK with this Mito and at the end of the day it will come down to whether buyers are looking for that something a little bit 
different for the model to be an even bigger success.

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