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Alfa Romeo MiTo Sportiva

The Alfa Romeo MiTo Sportiva has presented me with a significant challenge.

By Stephen Turvil
Sep 06, 2012
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The Alfa Romeo MiTo Sportiva has presented me with a significant challenge. My task, you see, is to review this two-door coupe without relying on the clichés too often used by motorist journalists to describe Italian cars. Phrases such as 'stylish' and 'passionate' must, therefore, be avoided like an overpriced Italian coffee shop. Every failure costs me £5, a slap from the God of Journalism, and a percentage of my self esteem. Wish me luck.

The Alfa Romeo MiTo Sportiva is a new top-end trim level. As such, it has numerous fantastic features. These include eighteen-inch alloy wheels, sports kick plates, fancy badging, air conditioning, an electronic stability programme, parking sensors, Bluetooth, and MP3 playback. No fines so far. The black and green cabin feels special too. Highlights include the darkened headlining, and the matte black steering wheel inserts that complement the black leather wheel and handbrake. It has sport seats too, finished with 'stylish' green stitching. That is something motorists can feel 'passionate' about. Ohh, fine?

The Alfa Romeo MiTo Sportiva is available with three engines: the 875cc TB TwinAir 85bhp (£16,100), the 1.4 TB MultiAir 135bhp (£17,000) and the 1.6 JTDM-2 120bhp (£17,750). These models hit 62mph in 12.5, 8.4, and 9.9 seconds respectively – and average 67.3mpg, 50.4mpg, and 64.2mpg. Speed and frugality, then. The MiTo also has a composed chassis, sharp steering, decent ride and – considering it is a three-door coupé - a fair 270-litre boot. But there is more... and damn the fine. The MiTo has been produced for those who are passionate about style and status. That is why it exists. That is its purpose. Discussing cars like this without passion misses the point – so I welcome a slap from the God of Journalism and will happily pay the fine. Please pass me the chequebook.

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By Stephen Turvil
Sep 06, 2012