Alfa Romeo Mito TwinAir


Given the success of the Fiat Group’s modest but mighty two-cylinder TwinAir engine, it’s no surprise that it now finds itself in the company’s premium B-segment competitor, the Alfa Romeo Mito.

Originally aimed at a younger audience, the Mito has successfully brought the brand to a more youthful market, and now equipped with the charming and fun TwinAir engine, the Mito is a compelling package.

Designer Juan Manuel Diaz, who famously took inspiration from Alfa’s salacious 8C Compeitizione, can hold his head high, as four years into its life-cycle the Mito feels as contemporary as it did at launch. Managing to combine hard features, such as dramatically flared wheel arches and bonnet lines that mimic the nose-cones found on Formula One cars, with an overall shape that’s curvaceous yet lithe has also helped the Mito defy time.  

The TwinAir engine itself is something of a work of art. 10% lighter and 23% smaller than comparable four-cylinder engines, it develops impressive torque at low revs, due to a small, fast-spinning turbo unit. It also sounds fantastic, emitting an unmistakable two-cylinder burble. The TwinAir has its work cut out in the Mito, however, as the car is the heaviest model that you can specify with two cylinders, with a kerb weight of 1130kg – 55kg more than the Punto TwinAir.

The principal benefit of the TwinAir is that it emits only 98g/km CO2, which exempts it from road tax as well as the London congestion charge. Alfa claim that it will achieve a combined 67.3mpg too, but whilst the TwinAir engine is economical it’s unlikely that owners will achieve this. One of the strengths of the TwinAir engine is that it will manage around 40mpg whether on a motorway or in stop-start traffic.   

It’s often important to recognize the difference between ‘sporty’ and ‘fun’, and whilst Alfa Romeo will bill the Mito TwinAir as perhaps the most sporty (and reasonably economical) small car, that’s not the reality. Renault’s current stable, for one, neatly counters that argument. Changing gear in the Mito is also a somewhat ambiguous affair, but the car’s well set-up chassis and easily exploitable torque combine to make driving it a fun experience, and certainly something that Panda TwinAir drivers will easily relate to.

 

The Mito will appeal, as it always has, to people who are willing to compromise a little on price to own a car that offers a more distinctive and luxurious ownership experience than its rivals. The option of a TwinAir powerplant will only serve to strengthen that appeal. 

This particular model is in Biancospino White.



 

Engine

Power

Torque

0-60mph

Top Speed

CO2 emissions

Economy (comb.)

Price

Alfa Romeo Mito TwinAir

875cc 2-cylinder

85bhp @ 5500

107lb ft @ 1900

12.5s

108mph

98g/km

67.3

£15,350

 

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