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Used Alfa Romeo Mito review: 2009-2015

EXPERT RATING
7
Graham Smith reviews the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Alfa Romeo Mito as a used buy.

The trim three-door drove and handled well — and took Alfa reliability up a notch.

New

We don't always associate prestige with little cars but Alfa's cute little MiTO hatch bridged the gulf pretty well.

Alfa wasn't alone with a prestige little car but with its sporting heritage it promised something more than its rivals in terms of Italian looks and driving experience.

As a three-door hatch only, the MiTO had limited appeal for anyone looking for practical transport. It lived up to the expectation of striking looks, with its distinctive grille, stylish headlamps and smooth lines.

At launch in 2009, there were the base model and the Sport, joined by the QV in 2010. In 2012 the revised line-up deleted the lesser pair and brought in the Progression and Distinctive.

The upmarket QV, with more equipment and tuned for performance, carried on until the MiTO was pulled from the market in 2015.

The staple 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo came in varying levels of tune.

If buyers were expecting a fireball, the MiTO might have disappointed.

In the initial base model, it produced 88kW/206Nm and in the Sport 114kW/230Nm, the QV getting 125kW/250Nm.

In 2010 the base model went to 99kW/206Nm and added the Sport engine as an option.

Transmission choices were a five-speed manual until 2010 when that was dropped in favour of a six-speed manual, and a six-speed dual-clutch transmission was introduced as an auto option.

Shortly before the MiTO was phased out, Alfa added a 900cc twin-cylinder turbo (77kW/145Nm).

If buyers were expecting a fireball, the MiTO might have disappointed. It wasn't a slouch, it handled well and was a pleasure to drive but it wasn't as quick as the Alfa badge might suggest.

Now

Mention Alfa Romeo and you're often howled down with horror stories of poor build quality and non-existent reliability. That was certainly the case in the bad old days when Alfas would rust while you watched them and break down in the driveway, it's not the way they are today.

Readers tell us they enjoy owning and driving the MiTO. Build quality is not a problem and breakdowns are rare.

Mechanically, the MiTO seems sound but check all the controls — windows, remote locking, airconditioning — for electrical or operational glitches.

The MiTO's turbo is prone to losing oil.

Give the body a close inspection, particularly for paint, which we're told can be patchy and uneven. Also check that expanse of front bodywork that is prone to chips from stones thrown up off the road.

As in any modern car it's vitally important that the engine oil is changed regularly, particularly so with a highly tuned turbo like the MiTO's. View the service record to confirm regular maintenance has been carried out.

The MiTO's turbo is prone to losing oil, so check around the assembly for leaks. The toothed belt to drive the camshafts needs to be replaced every 120,000km. Make sure that has been done — don't risk a belt breaking.

If you're intent on buying a MiTO it's probably best to avoid the twin-cylinder engine, a quirky item that will surely be an orphan when it comes time to sell.

Pricing

Year Price From Price To
2015 $9,240 $20,570
2014 $8,470 $19,250
2013 $7,920 $16,500
2012 $6,930 $15,620
2011 $7,920 $12,980
2010 $6,490 $10,890
2009 $5,720 $9,570

View all Alfa Romeo Mito pricing and specifications

Pricing Guides

$7,645
Based on third party pricing data
Lowest Price
$5,720
Highest Price
$9,570

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
(base) 1.4L, PULP, 5 SP MAN $5,720 – 8,030 2009 Alfa Romeo Mito 2009 (base) Pricing and Specs
Sport 1.4L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $6,820 – 9,570 2009 Alfa Romeo Mito 2009 Sport Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
7
Graham Smith
Contributing Journalist

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