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£12,250 - £18,755

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On February 2, 2012
Last modified:February 2, 2012


Alfa Romeo Mito is a good alternative to MINI with affordable price. The running costs are low and high resale value. Mito has everything style, performance and kit of a bigger car in a small car. However, the steering and drive isn't impressing.

Alfa Romeo Mito is an Italian super-mini that is distinctively styled and vigorously powered for UK market. Our review is based on analysis of Alfa Romeo Mito car reviews published online and data available on Alfa Romeo website. It is a stylish car, good to drive and loaded with plenty of features that make it perfect for car buyers. The more powerful and advanced engines were added a year after the launch of Mito with MultiAir models. The new technology has significantly increased the efficiency, power, fuel economy and low emissions. You can also choose the 170bhp Cloverleaf model for true performance. It is an ideal alternative for MINI that offer improved performance, unique design and better price with good equipment.

Moreover, there is a strong re-sale value for Alfa Romeo Mito. There is no risk of owning the car without any fear. It is an Italian car that maintained the unique style of engineering. It has perfectly crafted sporty cabin. Most buyers prefer to buy Mito in red colour. However, the rear visibility is poor and rear leg room is not enough for adults. If you consider other super-minis, it is expensive for a small car. There are other cars with low starting price and refined equipment. Mito is a 3 door car and no 5 door version is available. You can check the Skoda Fabia and Hyundai i20 for normal-looking design. It is one car that you’ll be proud to own because of uniqueness.

Alfa Romeo Mito Price

Mito Trims Price
1.4 8v 78 Progression £12,250
1.4 8v 78 Sprint £12,950
1.4 105 Multiair Sprint £13,955
1.3 JTDm-2 85 Sprint £14,450
1.4 105 Multiair Distinctive £15,155
1.4 135 Multiair Distinctive £15,950
1.6 JTDm-2 120 Distinctive S/S £16,650
1.4 170 Multiair Quad’ Verde £18,755


Power & Performance

Alfa Romeo Mito has a long list of powerful engines that will satisfy performance-oriented buyers. The base model Progression comes with 1.4 litre engine, which produces 78bhp. It isn’t the perfect fit for Mito sporty looks. There are 1.4 litre 95bhp petrol engine and 90bhp 1.3 litre diesel engines. Both are powerful and good to speed on the motorway. If you need serious performance, then try the 135bhp 1.4 litre MultiAir turbo charged engine. Car enthusiasts praise the performance and sprint of the engine. You can sprint 0-62 in 8.2 seconds, and it will offer good performance and fuel economy. That’s just not it, the 1.6 litre diesel engine offer decent performance with a good fuel economy of 59mpg. If you are still not satisfied, then Alfa Romeo Mito has something special, the Cloverleaf engine with 170bhp, 0-60 in 7.4 seconds and a highest possible speed of 137mph.

There are certainly faster alternatives, but price may not be similar. Mito is definitely a fast car, but driving behaviour is controlled by DNA (Dynamic Normal All-weather). It can select different levels of driving responsiveness. You can change the DNA control by holding the switch forward. As a default the normal mode is selected. You can select the dynamic mode that will increase the performance, traction and stability control. It is good for performance and normal is best for comfort. You can also select the All-weather option by holding the switch back. It will give more stability in difficult conditions. It is a good car to drive and handling is pleasurable. It is comfortable to be used as a daily commuter. The base model offer normal mode settings without the DNA system.

Interior & Exterior

Mito is a comfortable car, and reviewers are happy with passenger seats. You can adjust the seats according to your comfort level. Air conditioning and electric windows are standard with Mito. Practically, rear space is better than MINI, but headroom is not good. Surprisingly, the road and engine noise is kept to minimum for such a low specification model car. If you are planning to travel long distance, then you are not going to like the driving seat due to less back support.

The rear visibility is poor due to a small window. Some controls are not easy to use, and DNA switch is hidden behind the gear stick. The boot is space decent for a three-door car. The folding seat is optional. Due to unique styling, car buyers can ignore the little problems it Mito. Some of the standard features include air conditioning, electric windows, remote central locking and a CD player. If you move to higher-level trims, then additional features will be available.

Safety & Reliability

Alfa Romeo Mito is a safest car to drive with five out of five ratings in Euro NCAP crash tests. Mito is also pre-loaded with safety features such as seven airbags including knee airbag for driver and electronic stability control.

There are also front head restraints to protect from whiplash injuries. Alfa Romeo has improved the reliability in all cars. Mito is a reliable car to drive with no serious issues reported. You are also covered with three years or unlimited mileage warranty.

eBest Cars Verdict

Overall, Mito is a pricy super-mini with decent performance. Interior is loaded with features and comfortable. The exterior is unique that makes you feel proud in owning a Mito. The resale value is strong making it a good value for money. It is not the greenest car to drive, but CO2 emissions are suppressed to 120 g/km with 1.2 litre engine. Moreover, it has good safety rating in a crash test.

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Alfa Romeo Mito is a good alternative to MINI with affordable price. The running costs are low and high resale value. Mito has everything style, performance and kit of a bigger car in a small car. However, the steering and drive isn't impressing.

About the author: Ahmad Wali


Ahmad Wali is associated with automotive industry from past 4 years. Also the member of the Cars Edition Magazine and critique for latest car reviews. Apart from Automotive industry he is an Entrepreneur running blog network including UK eBest Cars. Say Hello on twitter


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