WHEREFORE ART THOU ROMEO? – The Scotsman

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WHEREFORE ART THOU ROMEO?

on Wednesday 27 November 2013

Introduction

Alfa has entered the market with its MiTo. Neary investigates.

Will It Me?

Alfa Romeo remains one of the romantic names in the automotive To get a badge that holds a kind of emotional bond enthusiasts, you’ve usually got to a lot more money than asks for its line-up of saloons coupes and convertibles. So the image is the problem is that the reality has been less so.

The Italian hasn’t performed as well as companies with massively public goodwill behind The hope is that the MiTo can be the car to turn Alfa’s heritage profit.

I’ve got to say, I the idea of a small car from If any brand can challenge the dominance of MINI in the market for trendy cars, you’d bank on the Italian cool of Alfa The car will need to be good and on first acquaintance it seems to the right boxes.

This is a model that and feels special, which is the battle in the fashion conscious of the market where it competes. The that it rides on the same as the Vauxhall Corsa and Fiat bode well for the rest of the too.

Practicalities

There is a of Grande Punto about the when it’s viewed in but the three-door version of that car is lauded for its clean flowing and the Alfa inherits these taking things further some neat original Around at the front, Alfa will be reminded of a model the opposite end of the motoring spectrum to any ” the Alfa Romeo 8C .

The MiTo has a similar nose to 450bhp supercar with its grille and teardrop headlights. from the inception of the limited run 8C, the was always for elements of its striking treatment to find their way on to volume-selling small car. The work has not been merely for either.

With a drag of just 0.29, the MiTo is an aerodynamic vehicle.

The interior of the could well be best in the Alfa Romeo range. It strongly built and a variety of trim materials are employed to up-market effect. The rear can accommodate two adults without drama and the rocker switch in of the gear lever that the DNA system is very nicely though the 270-litre boot is on the side.

The DNA technology can adapt the MiTo’s throttle response and stability according to the conditions and the driver’s It can be set in Normal, Dynamic or All-Weather to help drivers get the most out of vehicle.

All MiTo models with a healthy safety that includes seven while a whole host of driver aids are available on models. These include ABS EBD brakeforce distribution, VDC Vehicle Control, ASR anti-skid control, CBC Brake Control and DST Dynamic Torque.

Behind the Wheel

The is good fun on the road, living up to its Romeo billing. There’s a sporty feel to the way it stops, and steers but that comes a ride that’s on the firm and may be too much so for some tastes. I have too much of a problem it and was impressed with the amount of and the lack of body roll the car corners quickly.

You can hear what the engines are up to and might be off-putting for some but I it was all part of the Alfa experience. The car has and there aren’t many you can say about these days.

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The has a wide range of engines to upon, divided into petrol units, turbocharged and common-rail diesels. The entry-level and the most affordable way to get yourself Alfa’s baby is the 1.4-litre petrol. Then there’s the TB petrol engine that its debut in Fiat’s Bravo and is in 120 or 155bhp forms. These options may be small but they’re a solution for a small, fast car in the marketplace.

They even make a stab at following Alfa tradition of sweet sounding, petrol powerplants. The 155bhp in particular urges you to close in on the redline. The diesels are the excellent 90bhp unit that’s in various Fiats and Vauxhalls, a powerful 1.6-litre that has and a hefty 320Nm torque

Value For Money

The MiTo is in Turismo, Lusso or Veloce in that order of plushness. the basic models get air-conditioning, central locking, electric and a CD stereo but you’ll need to to the Lusso if you want the alloy which are really a must on a car this. The Veloce model has of design touches added on to its looks and a Bluetooth hands-free kit.

The Mito is predictably priced at a over mainstream superminis but not a one. From a value it makes a sound case for

Could I Live With

I like the MiTo. At the very it’s a more original for those seeking a trendy than the ubiquitous MINI. it’s probably less than the MINI but the gap isn’t as as you might think and the prospect of a genuine Alfa Romeo has got to for something.

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