What is it?
Alfa has decided to use the still-new Mito as the launch pad for its ‘revolutionary’ Multiair engines. Initially, they will come in 1.4-litre capacities as a naturally aspirated 103bhp unit, a 132bhp turbo and a 167bhp turbo.
The Cloverleaf also gets a new six-speed gearbox, revised steering and stop-start technology. All of which is rather promising, because ride, gearchange and steering were our main areas of complaint with the original Mito.
What’s it like?
Hands up: we got it wrong. In our initial road test of the Mito we reported that it had adjustable dampers, which it didn’t. In our defence, someone at Alfa Romeo had told us it did, and explained exactly how the non-existent system worked.
It’s now clear how such a slip could have happened, because the new range-topping Cloverleaf Mito has – wait for it – adjustable dampers. So the information wasn’t so much incorrect as premature.
The result is certainly an improvement. The electric steering is less springy and the new gearbox has a more positive, direct action. But do the new dampers solve the ride issues?