When I was asked about my star of the London motor show I had no hesitation in opting for the Alfa Mito. 

 Okay, so it’s not a high-performance icon like the Megane R26R or Focus RS. And, as it’s already in production, it lacks the show-stopping capacity of concepts like the OSM. But after meeting it in the metal for the first time, I really like it.

So why do I feel the need to justify my choice? Well, Alfa’s baby hatch seems to be polarising opinion in the office at the moment, with the majority definitely not feeling the love for the Mito.

I can’t comment on the driving experience, but what made my mind up was the interior of the Mito, which to me seems to exude the same kind of high-quality finish as a Mini or any of its premium rivals.

The seats were comfortable, the dash was well-laid out, the materials were good quality and I felt like I was sitting behind the wheel of a car worth the £10k-plus that it will cost.