Not even a person who is very much into details can suspect there's actually a humble Fiat Grande Punto under that gorgeous Alfa body just by looking at it. Every family-trait in the Alfa Romeo design heritage is on the tiny but sexy MiTo. Curiously, the car's second-most outrageous road-going Alfa in history (after the 33 Stradale), the 8C Competizione, has lent much of its design cues on the little bugger we tested.
The results are more than exhilarating, since the car we drove pretty much stole every bystander's heart wherever we drove it. Never before in this segment has existed a car with so many sporty lines, luxurious design cues and, most of all, so much character. There aren't many people in the world who would consider the MiTo other than a class leader in its segment if their opinions would be based on looks only.
The front is typically Alfa Romeo, but with a twist. After the highly exclusive 8C Competizione was launched, Alfa Romeo guys immediately understood that its design lines shouldn't be confined on one model only. To capitalize even more on the supercar's successful design they took the decision to steal some of those lines and copy/paste them on another, more "down to Earth" Alfa.
The only slight letdown we had considering the design of the front might be the impossibility for the license plate to sit right in the middle of the car, since that part is "busy" with the imposing Alfa Romeo grill. The side view looks a bit too high for our taste, especially since it makes the underbody common heritage with the Fiat Grande Punto/ Opel Astra a bit obvious. Thankfully, the only resemblance with its cousins resides in the car's height, since everything else is pure Alfa.
The rear design also evokes the 8C Competizione, especially when looking at the big, round taillights using LED technology, while the over-inflated bumper looks like it has a built-in aerodynamic diffuser. Overall, this is probably one of the (if not THE) most beautiful hatchbacks currently on the market.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
Bella machina... ahem... Cuore Sportivo... ahem... blah blah blah. Well, even I can oblige to everyone's opinion about the MiTo's design. Yes, I'm man enough to... ahem... admit it myself. The Alfa Romeo MiTo is a good-looking car, even though it's so tiny it could... ahem... fit in my Bentley's luggage compartment. There, I've said it, I like the way it... ahem... looks.
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