- Efficient engines
- Decent boot space
- Poor interior quality
- Not as fun to drive as rivals
- Noisy on motorways
Stylish italian supermini
The Alfa Romeo MiTo is the Italian manufacturer’s best-selling car. First introduced in 2008, the MiTo was Alfa’s first attempt at a supermini, and it’s proved to be a huge success. The MiTo is one of the most stylish superminis currently on sale, and whilst it might not be the most practical, the best to drive, or the best value for money, there’s no doubting its sex appeal. If you want a small car that stands out from the crowd, look no further than the Alfa Romeo MiTo.
Attractive design, but disappointing quality
Upon initial inspection, the MiTo boasts an interior attractive and classy enough to match its superb exterior. On closer inspection you’ll see the quality of materials is poor, and there’s not an awful lot of space in the boot either.
The dashboard of the MiTo is an attractive, curvaceous design that flows across the interior of the car. It really does look classy, and the Italian design influence is clear to see. It resembles that of a Ferrari. Unfortunately however, the materials used to construct it don’t. Hard plastics are used throughout the cabin, and whilst there are soft-touch plastics on the top of the dash on more expensive models, it still isn’t a match for the Audi A1. Controls also feel flimsy, so whilst things may look rosy at first, you’ll soon become disappointed.
Space wise, the MiTo is average for its class. With 270 litres of boot capacity, there’s more than enough room for a big weekly shop, or a couple of small carry-on suitcases, but there’s still not as much room as you’d find in a Volkswagen Polo (280 litres). Nevertheless, compare it with its prestige rivals, and it actually impresses. It’s bigger than the Mini (211 litres), and far more practical than the Fiat 500 (185 litres).
Equipment levels in the MiTo are decent, without being outstanding. The entry-level Junior trim comes with a touchscreen infotainment system, air-conditioning, hill-start assist, and a leather steering wheel. It’s not bad, but compare it with the standard kit on offer in a DS3, and it’s a little disappointing. Options are expensive as well, with iPhone connectivity costing as much as £400.
Not as much fun as it looks
Suspension and Chassis
The Alfa MiTo is a car that looks like it should be great to drive, but unfortunately that isn’t the case. There’s very little feedback in the steering, but there’s at least plenty of grip through the corners. The Alfa DNA system is somewhat impressive, with the option of all-weather suspension set-up particularly useful in bad weather. It doesn’t quite make up for the vague steering however, and it’s nowhere near as fun to drive as a Mini.
Ride refinement in the MiTo is also quite disappointing. The chassis and suspension struggle to cope with loose surfaces, and potholes, which makes for quite a choppy ride. It’s at its worst around town, with low-speed, speed-humped roads proving to be quite a challenge. There’s also quite a lot of road and wind noise, so the MiTo isn’t the best motorway cruiser either.
Gearbox options in the MiTo come in three guises. At the entry level of the range is a 5-speed manual transmission, that’s decent, but it’ll leave you wishing you had an extra gear, especially for long motorway journeys. A six-speed manual is the most common in the range, and it performs reasonably well. There’s also an automatic option, though it’s widely reviewed as being sub-par.
Decent engine range, though the 2-cylinder petrol should be avoided
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your MiTo, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. There’s a good variety of power outputs in the range, and there’s generally a model to suit everybody’s needs.
If you want the power to match the MiTo’s sporty looks, the best option in the range is the petrol-powered 1.4 litre turbocharged TB MultiAir 170. This engine produces 170bhp, and will get you from 0-62mph in just 7.3 seconds. It’s not the quickest car in its class, but it has enough power to put a smile on your face out on the open road.
Eco-friendly buyers will be pleased to know that there’s an engine in the range that falls well below the magic 100g/km of CO2 emissions mark. The diesel-powered 1.3 litre JDTM-2 85 produces just 90g/km of CO2. That’s enough to give you free road tax, and the knowledge that you will be helping to save the planet. This model is also the best option for money-savers. With up to an incredible 80.7mpg on offer, you can save yourself even more money at the service station each month.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your MiTo, you’re going to get a reasonably efficient, green car. The 2-cylinder 0.9 litre petrol should be avoided at all costs however, as it is severely underpowered, especially when paired with the MiTo’s sporty looks.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, good standard safety equipment
Like nearly every car in its class, the Alfa Romeo MiTo easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. It’s worth considering that back in 2008, when the MiTo was tested, safety tests weren’t as comprehensive as they are today. One thing that may put buyers minds at rest however, is the safety kit that comes as standard with the MiTo. You’re going to get an impressive seven airbags, stability control, hill-start assist, and a tyre-pressure monitoring system on even the most basic models.
Good value for money, as long as you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Alfa Romeo MiTo represents impressive day-to-day value for money. This obviously varies from model to model, but generally speaking CO2 emissions are comparable to rivals, and fuel efficiency is relatively high throughout the range. Diesel-powered MiTos are most impressive, with free road tax, and upwards of 80mpg on offer.
Insurance costs in the MiTo again depend on which model and trim you go for. The MiTo range starts in group 8 for the entry-level 1.4 16V Junior, and moves up towards the top of the range 1.4 TB MultiAir Quadrifoglio Verde SBK, which is in group 27. Groups are in line with those on offer in rivals, so you won’t be paying any more than you should be.
Depreciation is a large factor with the MiTo, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Alfa Romeo MiTo really is a bit of a mixed bag. There’s no denying that the car's aesthetics are attractive, but the car itself doesn’t quite live up to its sporty billing. It’s not as good to drive as some rivals, and interior quality doesn’t match its design. Nevertheless, the MiTo is impressively cheap to run, and features some impressively efficient engines. It’s not the complete package, but the MiTo might be an option worth considering.
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*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.