2011 Alfa Romeo MiTo Distinctive 1.4 from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Divine masterpiece on 4 wheels!

Faults:

Some interior rattles, but I don't really mind about that to be honest.

There was a bit of a problem with the audio. Got frozen once, but it never happened again since then.

General Comments:

My first impression of Alfa Romeo is when I test drove my mate's Brera and I absolutely fell in love with it. I never really recognized this brand before. When I first heard of Alfa Romeo, I was like, "Romeo?". But I was about to discover the truth and wonder of Alfa Romeo.

A couple of weeks later, I decided to test drive the MiTo, and like the Brera, I was in love. I kept thinking about that car day by day, and that I might trade my 4 year old BMW 330 for this little hatchback.

After months of thinking and consultation with Alfa owners, I decided to give up my BMW and buy the MiTo.

Owning an Alfa is an incredible experience. I love driving, and my car is a perfect love match.

I love the looks, outside and inside. Every night I put a chair in front of the car and I sit there staring at it. I always wonder why I'm so in love with this car.

The driving itself is the best moment. The way this car goes, the way it turns into a corner is just sublime. My BMW was fantastic too, but this is something else. It even still feels exciting in a traffic jam. Every road is a friend when I'm in the Alfa. The interior is the best place to live. It's just eye refreshing to stare at. Great quality too. My BMW seems to look boring compared to my Alfa! I have never been a serious fan of cars until I owned this car. I get crazy about cars, especially Alfas and other Italian cars. It's becoming a lifestyle.

There are also Alfa communities around the world, and they are really friendly and useful in obtaining information about the cars. It seems Alfa owners are really serious about their cars. They even know things that not many people know, like the serial number of certain parts and certain small details in certain models of the year. Just amazing!

I've heard of reliability issues with some Alfa owners, but I've rarely heard of any with this particular model. Only small rattles is the problem.

Speaking of problems, the only problem I had is my fault. I bought the wrong colour. Yes, my black Mito is already a stunning looking piece of beauty, but the red one, wow, it's just wow.

This is what I love about the brand, it's made with love instead of love for money making. I feel like they really put an effort into making this car, not just the design, but also the way this car goes. It feels more expensive than the actual price. Will my next car be a Alfa Romeo? Yes, yes, and yes! If I can rate this car from 1-10, I will rate it 1000!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th September, 2013

5th Sep 2013, 15:48

The summary doesn't have the mileage you've driven.

6th Sep 2013, 15:42

Great review, man!

I work as an engineer for Audi and am a great car enthusiast. I am extremely happy to see that the work of some automotive engineers causes such great driving pleasure.

2010 Alfa Romeo MiTo Veloce 1.4 petrol turbo 155BHP from UK and Ireland

Summary:

A fast and interesting alternative to a Mini

Faults:

Annoying trim rattle.

Seat belts cannot be adjusted for height, and the inertia-reel locks too easily, pinning you to your seat!

Hard bumpy ride with 18 inch low profile tyres.

Tyres puncture and wheels kerb far too easily.

Temperamental Windows-Mobile based Bluetooth/MP3 system.

General Comments:

A wonderfully schizophrenic car; quiet and docile in "Normal", fast and furious in "Dynamic".

The styling is controversial, but gets admiring glances from everyone.

Fit and finish is generally good, and the leather trim is great, but the glovebox can rattle sometimes, and despite several attempts by the dealer to rectify, it still is a problem; the only solution I have found is to drive with the glovebox empty!

Rear seats are adequate for short journeys, but small windows mean it's rather claustrophobic for rear passenger, but no big deal. Boot space is way better than a Mini.

Faster than a Mini Cooper S.

Overall, a fast and exciting practical car that's more interesting than a Mini, and with a reasonable boot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st May, 2011

1st Feb 2012, 16:51

A fair assessment for sure...

An under-estimated car... Even more !