Alfa Romeo is putting all the meat in the roaster to get back on track after a long time without being in the pinnacle of European car makers. We have to say that this Italian maker has a unique taste in design and it’s reflected in every of their creation. The problem is that the customers’s needs have changed. Apparently, this car maker can’t accept it. Or it is too ingrained to its roots.
The 2015 MiTo was first unveiled in 2008. The concept was simple and clear: a three-door supermini aimed to an isolated niche not as crowded as others segments. The competence? Quite hard, actually. Alfa Romeo was pretty ambitious selecting its rivals: MINI and Audi.
Indeed, the MiTo had relative success, at first, selling more than 50.000 units between 2009 and 2011. The success doesn’t last too much. The sales plummeted and the features of the MiTo were destroyed by experts and drivers due to its poor quality.
Let’s review this tiny cute car.
Powertrain and Performance
The MiTo has tons of engine options with different specs. But this time, we are going to mention the most relevant ones.
The fastest option is a 1.4 L TB MultiAir 170 Quadrifoglio Verde, producing up to 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The acceleration is impressive for its range, going from standstill to 60 mph in just 7.5 seconds and reaching a top speed of 136 mph. The fuel efficiency is rated at 52.3 mpg combined.
The cheapest is a 1.4 L TB MultiAir 78 Progression, producing 78 horsepower and 89 lb-ft of torque. The acceleration is disappointing while this model is intended to strike a tight budget. It goes from standstill to 60 mph 13 seconds. The fuel efficiency is rated at 50.4 mpg combined.
If you are looking for a greener and less petrol-hungry engine, there is a 1.3 L JTDM-2 85 Distinctive, producing 85 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. The acceleration is sluggish but the savings on gasoline counteracts the cons of this, going from standstill to 60 mph in 12.9 seconds. The fuel efficiency is excellent, rated on 80.7 mpg.
Design Line and Interior
The MiTo is basically a tiny version of a Giulietta. It has similar front fascia, with cute LED headlights and curve and round form. It’s, in essence, a mini car with a round shape, which makes it look like a turtle.
From the rear, a sports bumper is implemented to the MiTo, with a sporty chrome-plated exhaust pipe to create a nice and enhanced aesthetic. The 17-inch alloy wheels are nice and it’s one of the best aesthetic features of this car.
From inside you can expect what you deduct from outside: a tiny cockpit enough comfortable for two people. It has, relatively, a contemporary design with overall average quality materials. The sports seats were unexpected in a car like this, and the steering wheel is inherited from its bigger siblings. Aesthetically, the MiTo’s interior has an awesome look.
In the technology aspect, the MiTo has standard features found in every contemporary car. Navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, and a touchscreen are available in this tiny Italian car.
The Bottom Line
The concept of the MiTo is awesome but had a poor execution. Reviews from professionals and car owners said the car has mediocre and noisy driving experience with a sluggish performance and boring driving.
Alfa Romeo is in a row of failed cars, and for the wellness of the company, changes are needed as soon as possible. Nevertheless, the MiTo has awesome aesthetics and a tiny car is always welcome in a crowded city with scarce parking slots, but the price is something to consider because it seems to expensive for its quality.
Starting price at US$17.574