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A quick look at the Alfa Romeo MiTo: Some pros and cons to consider

The Alfa Romeo MiTo is a three-door supermini that has been in production since 2008. Introduced at the British Motor Show, the MiTo is Alfa Romeo’s answer to the Audi A1. It was developed by designers from the Centro Stile Alfa Romeo and is believed to have drawn inspiration from the 8C Competizione. The MiTo is based off the Fiat Small platform seen on the Grande Punto and takes on a name that references the cities where it was designed (Milan) and assembled (Torino/Turin). At the same time, the name MiTo is also a play on the Italian term “mito” which translates to “myth” or “legend.”

Pros

The Alfa Romeo MiTo is an eye-catching car, many thanks to taking styling hints from the 8C Competizione. But aside from building a pretty supermini, Alfa Romeo intends for MiTo buyers to go home with a part of the supercar experience that is to be expected from the Competizione. This way, even if you have to work with a budget and opt for a lower-powered model, you’ll still have a pleasing experience with every drive.

And while the MiTo already looks great on its own, the vehicle still offers options to personalise. These options come in the form of picking the colour of lamp surrounds and mirrors, as well as making it possible to add an assortment of Italian flag or cloverleaf stickers much like the Fiat 500.

Inside, the driving position the MiTo would put you in is classified to be generally good. There may be a couple of flaws but the driver’s seat is sufficiently low, a welcome treat that is not normally offered for a vehicle in its class. This kind of seating position also gives the MiTo a sporting feel that Alfa Romeo wants to impart.

If you opt for the Multiair engine, disappointment won’t be in your vocabulary, bringing proper pace, economy, and flexibility to the MiTo like no other. The engine sounds brilliant even under heavy loads and can smoothly accelerate to reach top speeds of 108mph. Three modes (Normal, Dynamic, and All-weather) are also available to ease the car into any kind of driving condition.

The MiTo is positioned to be a premium small hatchback thus the hefty asking price. However, economy is impressive and low CO2 emission levels allows for tax breaks that will translate to savings. In particular, the TwinAir MiTo is exempted from London Congestion Charge and road tax. BIK figures are also better than rivals like the Citroen DS3 and Audi A1.

Cons

In terms of space, the Alfa Romeo MiTo is modest. While two six-footers can squeeze in at the back, they won’t be comfortable enough to sit through long-distance trips. There’s a bit of redemption though with luggage space at 270 litres but that’s nothing really outstanding.

And though the car can function on three different modes, making it supposedly capable of taking on any kind of road, the MiTo offers poor ride quality. Drive it over a challenging road and you’ll definitely feel every inch of the road, no thanks to too much axle movement in the rear.

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Alfa Romeo MiTo

                In the year 2008, the Italian automobile manufacturer Alfa Romeo Automobiles S.p.A. created a supermini car which was called the Alfa Romeo MiTo. This is a luxury car which was officially announced at the Castello Sforzesco in Milan on June 2008, and it was displayed for the international market in the same year at the British Motor Show. This car is assembled in Mirafiori in Turan, Italy, and its name was an abbreviation of the cities of Milano (Milan) and Torino (Turin).

                A competition in Europe was held to allow the public to provide a name for this new car. In this competition, Furiosa was the one which stood out especially in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. The name MiTo was used however given that it was designed in Milan and it is assembled in Turin, and MiTo is an Italian word which means myth or legend.

                The Alfa Romeo MiTo is designed by Juan Manuel Diaz of Centro Stile Alfa Romeo, and it is said to be inspired by the 2007 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. The MiTo was created as a three door hatchback with a front engine, front wheel drive layout, and it has several available transmissions including a five speed manual, a six speed manual, and a six speed automatic. Limited edition versions of the car include the Edizione Spirit in 2009, the Maserati Version in 2010, the Quadrifoglio Verde 101 in 2012, and the MiTo SBK and MiTo Superbike Special Series. 

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