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Price, fuel economy and range, finance and depreciation

With base prices that start from well under what it requires to get into a Mini, the Alfa Romeo Mito is positioned as a premium small hatchback. 

Economy of the Multiair engines are impressive, with around 50mpg claimed on the combined cycle depending on trim level and transmission. In any configuration, CO2 emissions are rated at a reasonable 129g/km.

Although our test average of 36.1mpg fell short of the claimed 47.1mpg, it's still a good result given the performance available.

Diesel day-to-day running costs are even more tempting. The 1.3-litre unit boasts a claimed average of 83.1mpg and emissions of 89g/km, while the two-cylinder TwinAir 0.9-litre engine records 67.3mpg on the combined cycle and emissions of 99g/km. 

Running costs are further boosted because service intervals are a generous 18,000 miles, rising to 21,000 miles for the diesels.

All Alfas are well-equipped with most models getting alloys and every one getting air conditioning. The Mito has a decent roster of safety kit and gets a full five star rating from Euro NCAP.