Alfa Romeo MiTo named best supermini of 2010

The What Car? Reader Awards 2010 named Alfa’s newest supermini as the best supermini of 2010 and the third best car overall.

Based on how good the car is to buy and own, the Alfa Romeo was a clear winner in the category, which was dominated by Fiat Group cars.

The Fiat 500 city car finished in second place and the often-overlooked Fiat Panda finished third overall.

Over 170 cars were reviewed in the awards including best-selling superminis such as the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa.

The success of the Fiat Group models was attributed to the efficient and low-CO2 MultiAir petrol technology used in the MiTo. The award-winning MultiAir engines bring emissions down to as low as 129g/km.

MultiAir technology has now been adapted by the Fiat Group to create the two-cylinder TwinAir engine for the Fiat 500, bringing emissions down to a VED-free 95g/km. The car will also qualify for the new congestion charge exemption.

The Alfa Romeo MiTo was also praised for its five-star EuroNCAP safety rating, typically stylish Alfa looks and competitive price.

Brand Communications Manager of Alfa Romeo UK, Damien Dally says: "For us to receive this award thanks to the excellent feedback What Car? has received about the MiTo from its readers, is fantastic. It truly affirms MiTo’s place as a strong, viable and credible option for people looking for a sporty yet practical compact car."

The result reflects a good year for the brand, which received an average star rating of 4.3 out of five and finished as the fourth best manufacturer overall in 2010.

Alfa Romeo was quick to praise its dealer network and the new range of cars such as the MiTo and the all-new Giulietta hatchback, Alfa’s competition for the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.

The Perrys Alfa Romeo dealership in Amersham is one such dealer, and currently sells both the MiTo and Giulietta models.