Alfa Romeo has a great sporting heritage and has produced some of the best-looking cars of all time. However fuel economy was never high on the development list, so if anything shows the importance of reducing CO2 emissions for the car industry it’s an Alfa Romeo with sub-100 g/km emissions.
The MiTo gets the privilege of breaking the 100 g/km barrier and it’s courtesy of the award-winning two-cylinder TwinAir engine which is being rolled out rapidly across the Fiat family. The MiTo uses the Euro 6 compliant 105 bhp variant mated to a close ratio six-speed gearbox. Crucially Alfa has also added a dual mass flywheel which makes the engine more refined.
Step inside and you’ll find an excellent driving position and plenty of high quality materials on show. The MiTo feels solid but also looks attractive. At 270 litres, boot space is on a par with premium rivals and once you’ve clambered into the back, leg and headroom is sufficient for six-foot passengers. All-in-all, it offers decent practicality for a three-door car.
On the road you can change how the car responds through the D.N.A. selector in front of the gear lever. Natural mode is aimed at fuel efficiency with less power and torque on offer. It feels a bit sluggish and the steering is a bit vague off centre. Switch to Dynamic and things get much more exciting; the steering weight improves and performance feels stronger than the figures suggest. The final setting, All Weather, is designed to keep you on the road in slippery conditions.
In Dynamic mode you get 107 lb.ft of torque from 2,000 to 3,500 rpm. This makes the MiTo very responsive and great fun to drive; it isn’t razor-sharp but it will put a smile on your face. The MiTo proves that green cars can be good looking, have bundles of character and be fun to drive. It is also very cheap to run and well built. It’s an Alfa you can buy with your head as well as your heart.