Alfa Romeo was upfront and honest in saying the Alfa Romeo Mito has styling inspired by its 8C Competizione supercar, and there’s nothing wrong in that. 

The hope is clear: that Mito buyers, even those who opt for the lower-powered models, will get just a little of the supercar experience. Whether you buy into that, or whether the Mito shape proves appealing, is entirely subjective, but from our experience it’s at least an eye-catching car.

Matt Burt

Matt Burt

Executive Editor, Autocar
The badge doubles as the boot release. It helps to keep the lines clean.

The response from people who see it is almost universally positive; anecdotally, women preferred the front, men the rear. Should you wish, there is scope to personalise your Mito from a catalogue of stickers including a range of cloverleaf or Italian flag stickers, á la Fiat 500.

At the back, the badge doubles as the boot release: it’s a nice touch and helps to keep the lines clean. A rear spoiler gives the Mito a slightly more purposeful look, it’s standard on all models too.

A mid-life nip and tuck in late 2013 saw the introduction of a new grille, rear bumper, tinted glass and different coloured light surrounds, a further facelift was carried out in 2016 in a similar vein to the Giulietta, which consisted primarily of tweaked interiors and exteriors, and new trim levels.

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Underneath the unmistakably Alfa styling, the Mito is based on Fiat’s Punto platform, co-developed with General Motors and used in the Vauxhall Corsa

Although the basic suspension configuration of MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam at the back is unchanged, the Mito runs a wider track front and back, and employs adjustable dampers with coil-over springs.

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