A strong, economical real-world Mini Cooper fighter

What is it?

Alfa Romeos have long sold on their looks and chintzy nods to history, but that all stops with this car.

The Mito’s upgraded Multiair engine doesn’t just introduce a complex, new technology. It’s also just plain good.

All of a sudden, the Mito is starting to look a seriously tempting proposition.

What's it like?

The engine's so strong that it feels more like a mid-sized six pot and the numbers say it can overboost the turbo to deliver 152lb ft of torque at an astonishingly low 1750rpm.

Given that it weighs only 1135kg, that’s more than enough to accompany the 130bhp of power and it gives the MiTo a spread of strength that most four pots can only dream about.

It’s so flexible that Alfa dispensed with its predecessor’s weightier (and more expensive) six-speed gearbox in favour of a wider-spread five speeder, with some justification. It will pull from just 1000rpm in fifth gear, there’s none of the traditional off-boost blah, either, and the low-rev strength lessens the surging feel of the turbo once it does kick in properly.

Alfa claims it will sprint from 0-62mph in 8.4 seconds, which feels a touch pessimistic, and says it will top out at 129mph. Neither figure really matters, because when you push down on the pedal, at any rpm, it just works. It’s still a sweet spinner, but it’s now the most flexible car Alfa has ever made.

There have also been fiddles to the steering system and the bushes to make it a bit more stable at the straight-ahead and to help it turn-in more reliably, both of which work pretty well.

But they’re dominated by an engine that introduces something completely new, but doesn’t trumpet it from the mountain tops. It just torques the torque and gets on with it.

And about time, too.

Should I buy one?

Okay, so this car lacks the sizzle of the Quadrifoglio Verde, but MultiAir turns the workhorse of the MiTo range into a strong, economical real-world Cooper fighter.

If you're in the market for that sort of car, you'd be a fool not to take the Mito out for a test drive.

Michael Taylor

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ashmantills 4 September 2012

EPOS systems are also helpful

EPOS systems are also helpful in a way that if your business has more than one branches or offices then you can check our availability of products, no. of orders placed and employees’ performance at different branches simultaneously.

MikeA83 25 October 2009

Re: Alfa Romeo Mito 1.4 135 Multiair

I'd love to agree with you, as an Alfisti with a 147 and waiting either for a Multiair Mito or Milano. But my 2003 147 must have cost the Alfa warranty as much as I paid for the car by way of repairs (and it was around £18k with all the extras). Last year the engine had to be rebuilt after a inlet valve snapped in two, sending a piston amok within the engine. The damage cost thousands. I understand reliability has improved consistently over the last few years and in spite of all this I love my car. But from my experience, early 21st century Alfas have not been bullet proof by any stretch

Greg1 20 October 2009

Re: Alfa Romeo Mito 1.4 135 Multiair

Blokes.Who.Drive.Mpvs.R.Gay.Lords wrote:
Just a shame it will fall to bits when you start driving it home and be worth 10 pence in 3 years time.

Oh Dear - here we go again: Someone who's still living in medieval times. My 2003 147 was more reliable than my current Lexus. No doubt you are speaking from experience? Do tell....