Road Test: Alfa Romeo MiTo TwinAir
SECTOR Supermini PRICE £14,150 – £15,350 FUEL 67.3mpg CO2 98g/km
Want a funky, sporty little car with low CO2 emissions that’s great to drive? Want a stylish car that sounds like a manic lawnmower? The Alfa Romeo MiTO TwinAir is that car.
The MiTO has finally got the brilliant two cylinder, 85bhp powerplant that was first introduced in the Fiat 500 and the result is extremely characterful.
With a CO2 output of just 98g/km and combined fuel economy of 67.3mpg, the Alfa MiTo TwinAir is the cleanest and most economical model in its class too. For business users, one of the main targets for the firm with the car, it sits in the lowest 10% BiK rate. Low CO2 motoring really shouldn’t be this much fun.
It literally buzzes along, that powerplant punching its two pistons with glee. It’s not especially fast but such is the unique experience, wrapped in the MiTO’s rather attractive shell that the whole thing is a joy. And with Alfa’s DNA selector, which allows drivers to choose how the engine operates and responds, you can veer between settings that let the engine sip fuel at a ridiculously parsimonious rate with a leaden throttle, or fizz along with sharp acceleration and darty steering.
TwinAir models will be available in two trim levels – Sprint and Distinctive – priced at £14,150 and £15,350 respectively.
The Sprint trim level includes 16-inch sports alloy wheels, cruise control, front fog lights, manual climate control and Alfa’s Blue&Me system with Bluetooth and USB media system.
The Distinctive trim level also benefits from standard premium features including 17-inch sports alloy wheels, red painted Brembo brake calipers, rear parking sensors and chrome/aluminium detailing.
Alfa Romeo reckons that half the MiTO TwinAir will go to fleets and it’s not hard to see it being more successful than that: it’s an intoxicating brew that shows what can be done if innovation and intelligence combine.