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The Alfa Romeo MiTo is sporty 3-door hatchback introduced by the Italian manufacturer in 2008.  Produced by Alfa Romeo using the same Fiat Small Platform used for the Grande Punto, the MiTo debuted in the UK at the 2008 British International Motor Show at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London’s Docklands.  The Alfa Romeo MiTo name is a portmanteau of the city of Milano (Mi) where it was designed, and Torino (To) where it is manufactured at the Mirafiori car plant.

Alfa Romeo have a long-held and hard-earned reputation for offering stylish and handsome cars.  The Alfa Romeo MiTo has received many compliments for its distinctive looks, with the floating grille and front end inspired by the Alfa Romeo 8C Competitizione sports car, and its compact and well-proportioned styling.  The front-engined, front-wheel drive Alfa Romeo MiTo is available as a 3-door hatchback only.
The Alfa Romeo MiTo was launched with a range of 1.4-litre engines, as well as 1.3-litre and 1.6-litre diesel engines, but these have since been joined in the range by a 0.9-litre TwinAir Turbo petrol engine.

The Alfa Romeo MiTo has a price bracket of between £12,250 and £16,650 for new models, all of which come equipped with a 3-year, unlimited miles warranty.  The Alfa Romeo MiTo 1.4 TB MultiAir Quadrifoglio Verde has a 0-62mph time of just 7.5 seconds, and a top speed of 136mph, thanks to its 16-valve, 1.4-litre petrol engine which produces 170bhp. If this isn't fast enough, an Aprilla bike might have to be considered.

The Alfa Romeo MiTo has a choice of 5-speed or 6-speed manual transmission, apart from the 135bhp Mito 1.4 TB MultiAir TCT Distinctive, which is fitted with a 6-speed Dual Dry Clutch automatic transmission.

The most frugal model in the Alfa Romeo MiTo range is the MiTo 1.3 JTD-m2 Sprint.  With its 85bhp 1.3-litre diesel engine, and 5-speed manual gearbox, this model can return a combined fuel economy figure of 78.5mph, and has a sub-100g/km CO2 emissions rating, meaning it will be exempt from both road tax and the London Congestion Charge.

With seven airbags fitted as standard, the Alfa Romeo MiTo achieved a 5-star rating for occupant safety when crash tested by Euro NCAP.  The independent European consumer organisation also rated the MiTo as 3-star for child occupant safety, and 2-stars for pedestrian safety.

The looks, equipment ,and handling of what is now the used Alfa Romeo MiTo saw the model become an instant success for the company, with over 13,000 finding homes in its first year.  In the UK it helped to rejuvenate Alfa Romeo’s standing, with the brand snatching a top ten finish in the 2011 JD Power customer satisfaction survey for the first time.