MultiAir MiTo launched in UK

The three-door hatchback has sold more than 6,000 units in the UK last year and is the key reason new Alfa registrations are up by over 50 per cent.

The compact supermini now boasts two versions of a Euro 5-ready 1.4-litre MultiAir engine, Alfa MiTo DNA, Start&Stop technology, and either a twin-clutch automatic or six-speed manual gearbox depending on the model.

Entry-level Lusso and mid-range Veloce trim levels come equipped with a 135bhp 1.4-litre MultiAir engine and an dual clutch automatic gearbox. The MultiAir engine cuts CO2 emissions to 129g/km, but still offers a class-leading 0-62mph time of 8.4 seconds.

Stop&Start technology, available in all MiTo models, advises the driver on when to change gear in order to maximise fuel efficiency. In the Lusso and Veloce models, fuel consumption can be as high as 50.4mpg and CO2 emissions come in just under 130g/km.

The more powerful 170bhp engine in the MiTo Cloverleaf emits 139g/km and delivers 59mph. The Cloverleaf is capable of a top speed of 136mph and a 0-62mph time of 7.5 seconds.

Active suspension has been fitted to the Cloverleaf model, making it the first three-door hatchback to feature to incorporate the technology more often found on the racetrack.

Across the MultiAir range, Alfa has included the three-mode Alfa DNA system, which electronically communicates with the steering, transmission, engine and brakes to customise the response of the car to different driving conditions.

The Alfa 8C Competizione-inspired MiTo features many sporty, imposing exterior and a high-quality interior complete with advanced graphics display and Blue&Me entertainment system.

Entry-level prices for the Lusso start at £15,165. The Veloce and range-topping Cloverleaf are priced at £16,135 and £17,895 respectively.