Alfa Romeo MiTo vs rivals
Which premium supermini offers the best combination of style, pace and efficiency?
There was no argument among our testers about which car finished last. Despite a recent round of updates, the Alfa Romeo MiTo is still way off the pace in this market.
Car group tests
- Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde review
- Alfa Romeo MiTo TwinAir Sportiva review
- Alfa Romeo MiTo 2014 review
- Alfa Romeo MiTo TwinAir
Used car tests
It’s smartly styled, well equipped and cheap to buy, but it’s also outclassed by the competition in every area. Below-par build quality, imprecise handling and a bone-jarring ride are the biggest complaints, while the 1.3-litre diesel engine delivers only adequate performance.
Separating the Citroen and Audi was a tougher task. The distinctive DS3 is great to drive, plus it has a punchy engine and a roomy cabin. However, it’s held back by its hefty price tag – it costs a whopping £2,680 more than the Alfa.
The A1 isn’t as engaging to drive or good to look at as the DS3, but it’s beautifully built with a high-class cabin. Factor in its great refinement and low running costs, and it takes a narrow yet deserved victory here.
WinnerAudi A1 1.6 TDi Sport ★★★★ The A1 still sets the premium supermini benchmark. It’s not at its best when fitted with the gruff diesel and firm Sport chassis, but the finely crafted cabin, top-class refinement and agile handling make up for these flaws. It’s also cheap to run and holds its value well.
2ndCitroen DS3 e-HDi DSport ★★★★ The Citroen DS3 finishes second, but only by the narrowest of margins. It’s great to drive, attractively styled and surprisingly practical. However, it’s held back by a high price, poor residuals and the fact that it can’t match the A1’s first-rate fit and finish inside.
3rdAlfa MiTO 1.3 JTDm Sprint ★★★ While the Audi and Citroen fought a close scrap for victory, the Alfa was never in the hunt. It looks great and is cheap to buy and run, but the MiTo is too rough around the edges to succeed against such tough rivals. More work needs to be done before it troubles the class leaders.
In this review
- 1Introduction - currently readingWhich premium supermini offers the best combination of style, pace and efficiency?
- 21st Audi A1 TDI SportSmallest Audi looks a strong choice with upmarket image and top-notch quality
- 32nd Citroen DS3 e-HDi DSportStylish and entertaining hatch impresses, but comes at a price
- 43rd Alfa MiTo JTDm SprintHas a mid-life revamp done enough to make the stylish supermini a class leader?
- 5Facts and figures