What is it like to drive?
The MiTo is no mini 8C, sadly. In fact, it’s no Mini either. Despite Alfa’s raison d’être being great handling and driver involvement, the MiTo is a very ordinary driving experience. It’s based on the (quite old now) Fiat Punto, no driver’s choice itself, and as such gets a raft of decent enough engines: various turbo petrols, topping out at 170bhp, and two strong if agricultural diesels. But, charismatic as the two-cylinder TwinAir is (in 105bhp guise, it’s punchy too), none provides the MiTo with a convincing performance angle, and despite the inclusion of Alfa’s ‘DNA’ system that offers three settings for throttle, ESP and steering weight, this remains a woolly driving experience with insensitive controls and a terrible ride. It’s a shame, as we love the idea of an affordable and entertaining Alfa in the vein of the legendary Alfasud, but this isn’t it. Anyone looking for performance on a shoestring would be mad to overlook the Mini for this.