New Alfa Romeo MiTo has a new TwinAir engine, revised exterior styling and more standard equipment.
The 2014 MiTo is upon us. Alfa Romeo revealed the new model alongside the 2014 Giulietta and 4C sports car at an event in the Isle of Man. The revised MiTo now has the option of a new TwinAir engine, ‘subtle’ styling enhancements, Uconnect infotainment system and more mod cons as standard.
The Alfa Romeo MiTo has a new front grille, tinted rear windows, sports rear bumper and titanium grey headlamps and rear light surrounds. There’s also a new ‘Matte Magnesio Grey’ paintjob available.
The revised interior has a new dashboard, improved plastics and Alfa Romeo’s new 5-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment display, which offers Bluetooth connectivity and voice recognition. Steering wheel controls and USB/AUX connections are also included. Navigation, meanwhile, is an optional extra.
Alfa’s D.N.A. system is equipped on all models. Three selectable driving modes can be selected, each one affecting the throttle response and steering effort. Dynamic represents the sportiest setting.
Consumers should be less confused by the trim levels on offer as there are now only four: Sprint, Distinctive, Sportiva and Quadrifoglio (QV). All models feature Start&Stop to help save fuel, air-conditioning, leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear knob, front fog lamps, rear spoiler, alloy wheels and electric windows and mirrors.
Distinctive adds 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, rear parking sensors and a front centre armrest, while Sportiva adds 18-inch ‘QV’ alloys, QV steering wheel and brake lever and special badges. At the top is QV, which includes four-piston Brembo brake calipers, SDC active suspension, bespoke seats, improved upholstery and QV wing badges.
Three petrol and two diesel engines make up the range. The new 105hp TwinAir manages to get from 0 to 62mph 1.1 seconds faster than its 85hp predecessor, yet offers a claimed 67.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 99g/km. A new 1.4-litre TB MultiAir with 140hp, which has Alfa’s TCT twin dry clutch as standard, will be ‘announced soon’.
The 2014 Alfa Romeo MiTo is on sale now. Prices start from £14,350 for the 105hp TwinAir Sprint model. We found the 120hp 1.6JTDM manual the best to drive, based on our test drives.
Check out our thoughts on the 2014 Giulietta or wait patiently for our forthcoming 4C review.