2014 Alfa Romeo Mito – Quick Test
The Alfa Romeo Mito range has been around for a few years now, it was first launched way back in 2008. So a mid-life upgrade was definetly due. The new 2014 models have reached our shores and ItalianCar has been given the opportunity to test a few models from updated range.
2014 Alfa Mito Update – Exterior
First of all, let’s have a look at what is new for the 2014 model year. Well this update falls firmly into the evolution rather than revolution category – the changes are, on the surface anyway, pretty minimal. Taking the exterior first, 2014 sees a chrome edge around the heart shaped front grille and changes to the front and rear lights.
2014 Alfa Mito Update – Interior
On the inside there are a number of changes to the trim and materials used. Also Alfa’s Uconnect™ system is used across the entire Mito range bringing with it enchanced in-car communication, information and entertainment. Uconnect™ allows you to use your mobile phone with Bluetooth® technology to make and recieve calls as well as play music.
2014 Alfa Mito Update – Mechanical
The big change from a technical/mechanical point of view is that the twin cylinder turbo engine that fiat introduced to a great fanfare a few years ago is now available in the base model.
We’re big fans of the TwinAir engine – we love it in the Fiat 500 – but we weren’t sure how it would work in the larger and heavier Mito. At first our fears were confirmed as we found the little engine hard to coax into life but after we had a few kilometres under our belts we began to realise that, just as in the Fiat 500, the TwinAir loves to be thrashed and produces a smile inducing narrow power band. It makes the driving experience a more involving process and reminded us of teenage years hooning around on small capacity motor bikes – great fun.
The question is: should an Alfa Romeo have such an engine in one its cars? The answer is a resounding yes. The TwinAir is characterful, innovative, efficient and heap of fun. Surely those are classic Alfa Romeo characteristics.