In Australia, there are plenty of small hatches to consider including the Mini Cooper S, Volkswagen Polo GTI, Ford Fiesta ST, Peugeot 208 GTi, and Renault Sport Clio. All of these cars have one major flaw: they are not an Alfa Romeo MiTo. A review of the newly-upgraded model reinforces why you should opt for this Italian sweetie.
You can depend on its 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo four-cylinder producing 125kW (at 5500rpm) and 250Nm (from 2500rpm in Dynamic mode), which is matched with a six-speed manual gearbox. The MiTo is not the fastest car in the group. If you are looking for a commuter car, the ability to get from 0-100 km/h is not the most crucial factor - especially when the other cars only beat the MiTo by 6 or 8 seconds.
There are five good reasons to consider this little hatchback.
1. As with most lists that include an Alfa Romeo, the Italian style tops the list of desirable qualities. There are four models, including an even more upscale QV model. It is stylish with rounded lines and triangular grille, and doesn't look austere or ‘bare bones’. It has ‘an upmarket slant’ or ‘driveway appeal’.
2. On the road, it offers a smooth, quiet ride at higher speeds and on the highway. The car has low profile 18" tyres, yet there is little road noise. The car does its job while achieving a 6.0 l/km fuel efficiency, helped, no doubt, by its Stop-Start system that kills the engine at traffic lights or jams.
3. The cabin has some nice touches that contribute to the upscale look. For example, "Benzina" and "Acqua" gauges, Alfa badging, silver instrument surround, and carbon fibre print plastics add class to the dash. The ergonomics of the control layout is good, while the wraparound seats are stylish.
4. Equipped with a Bluetooth interface for calls and text to speech, the MiTo also has the popular Uconnect infotainment touchscreen system to enjoy the ride.
5. The car has a coveted 5-star European NCAP rating due to its host of safety features. It has seven airbags and an anti-whiplash device on seats, a Collapsible steering wheel, ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution), VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control,) Electronic Q2 system, CBC (Cornering Brake Control), and DST (Dynamic Steering Torque).