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Alfa Romeo has updated its Mito supermini, with new specs, tweaked design and more technology

The Alfa Romeo Mito has been updated, and is now on sale in the UK.

The Mito, which is now the oldest car in the Alfa Romeo line-up, has been given a styling refresh, including new grilles, revised rear bumpers and new alloy wheel designs.

Under the bonnet, the 1.3-litre JTDM-2 diesel engine has been updated to provide improved performance and lower CO2 emissions; Alfa claims 94bhp and 89g/km for the engine.

The specs of the Mito have been updated, too; some trim levels on the car now match those of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and Alfa Romeo Giulia, with the entry-level trim taking no name but the model name, followed by Super, Speciale and Veloce.

The entry-level car now gets a driving mode selector and a 5.0in touchscreen infotainment display with Bluetooth and DAB radio as standard.

Alfa’s range-topping Quadrifoglio Verde trim on the Mito has been replaced by Veloce. This leaves a space at the top end of the range for an Audi S1-rivalling Mito Quadrifoglio, as the brand continues to push its performance-oriented Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio models, the latter of which will be revealed at the Paris motor show.

The hottest version of the Mito is the 168bhp, £20,500 Veloce 1.4 Multiair. When equipped with Alfa’s paddle-operated TCT transmission, the car gets to 62mph in 7.3sec, on the way to 136mph; that's only 0.4sec and 3mph slower than a Ford Fiesta ST, although the Mito is more than £2600 more expensive.

A full-fat Quadrifoglio hot hatch would be positioned closer to an Audi S1 in terms of price and performance, although it’s unclear if this is on the cards; there’s no Quadrifoglio-badged Giulietta.

The car’s name badge now bears the same script as the Giulia and Giulietta too, suggesting that Alfa is trying to make its range more cohesive.

The new Mito now starts from £12,960, and is already available to order. Range-topping Veloce trim starts at £17,110 with the two-cylinder 875cc Twinair engine.


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NoPasaran 13 September 2016

The craziest thing is...

...the brand name is so strong, that despite decades of mal-treatment and sub-par products people still get excited when new Alfa Romeo comes out. I am getting excited, as well.
I went out and test-drove manual Giulia Quadrifoglio. It's a great car in many respects, less great in other respects (the plastics, for example). Nothing can be said about build quality and reliability so far, we'll find out in due time.
I could not open the boot of the car with the button on it, tried everything, in the end had to open it with the button inside the car. Hmm, maybe it was me or maybe the button already did not work...

Whoever ran Alfa brand and made decision to intentionally run it into the ground (did not succeed, luckily) is a damn criminal. I hope the current management has more brain to see what CAN be done with a brand name THAT strong.

NoPasaran 13 September 2016

Cute car externally but

It is a Fiat Panda anyway.
typos1 13 September 2016

No its NOT !! It sits on the

No its NOT !! It sits on the Corsa/Punto platform, the Panda uses different underpinnings.
StuM82 12 September 2016

Wrong pics

Dear Autocar, I believe you have attached pictures of the existing car to this article. Please correct this forthwith.