ALFA Romeo’s chic supermini the MiTo has been revised for the 2014 model year.
The 2014 Alfa MiTo has gone on sale in UK offering higher specification, revised interiors, styling enhancements and new gadgets, including a ‘Uconnect’ five-inch, colour touch-screen infotainment system which will come as standard.
Alfa bosses have also the addition of the new, more powerful 105hp TwinAir engine to the range, which means the line-up The now comprises five turbo-charged engines, all with Start/Stop as standard.
These are made up of three petrol and two diesel units and the 0.9 litre TwinAir lump has seen a 20bhp hike in performance which translates to a 0-62mph time, 1.1 seconds faster than the previous 85hp version.
Despite the additional performance, the MiTo TwinAir retains its efficiency with a combined fuel economy figure of 67.3 mpg and CO2 emissions of a tax-busting 99g/km.
The new MiTo’s looks have been sharpened up by way of a chromed front grille; titanium grey headlamp and tail lamps surrounds; tinted rear windows and a sports rear bumper, as well as a revised colour palette that now includes a new ‘Matte Magnesio Grey’ finish.
Interior tweaks include new dashboards, upgraded plastics and the new infotainment system sports voice recognition, Bluetooth, steering wheel remote controls, USB and Aux ports and optional satellite navigation.
Traction, braking and stability control systems are standard on all Alfa MiTo models and these systems, along with steering effort and throttle response, can be adjusted via Alfa’s trademark DNA three-mode selectable driving mode system.
The newcomer has SDC adaptive suspension and ALFA TCT transmission settings, which are also adjustable through the DNA system.
The model line-up has also been streamlined as part of Alfa’s revisions for the new year, and there are now four trim levels available.
Starting with Sprint the models range through Distinctive, Sportiva and Quadrifoglio Verde.
All models are equipped with Start/Stop; air conditioning; a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear knob; electric windows and mirrors; seven airbags; front fog lamps, a rear spoiler and alloy wheels.
The Distinctive spec starts buyers off with additions such as 17-inch alloy wheels; cruise control; rear parking sensors and a front centre arm rest.
Sportiva spec sees 18-inch Quadrifoglio Verde sports alloy wheels thrown in, along with the Quadrifoglio Verde steering wheel and hand-brake lever trimmed in black leather with green stitching; satin-effect exterior highlights and special badges.
The high-performance Quadrifoglio Verde adds red, four-piston Brembo brake callipers, SDC active suspension system, bespoke sports seats with uprated upholstery and special QV wing badges.
The 1.4 TB MultiAir 135hp engine, which is available with a manual or a twin-clutch gearbox, and the 1.4 TB MultiAir 170hp QV engine complete the petrol line-up, while the diesel range consists of the 1.3 JTDM-2 85hp and the 1.6 JTDM-2 120hp powerplants.
Prices for the 2014 Alfa Romeo MiTo start at £14,350 for the 105hp TwinAir Sprint.