Compared with its main rival, the Mini, the MiTo's interior first impresses with the amount of extra space available. So as to not get the wrong impression, the MiTo's cockpit is only bigger by means of overall interior height and the volume of the luggage compartment (270 liters, or 9.5 cubic inches). Other than that, both cars are mainly to be used as two seaters since the rear bench is only fit for (really) small passengers or children on longer rides.
Just like on the exterior, the overall interior design is typically Alfa Romeo, with a nice dose of sporty and elegant lines everywhere in the cockpit. Although usually "sporty" doesn't exactly equal "practical" in family car speak, the MiTo manages to change those stereotypical perceptions. There are plenty of storage spaces available for depositing smaller items and the glove compartment is more than enough for storing your stuff.
As we mentioned before, the fact that the MiTo uses the Fiat/GM SCSS platform is quite a good thing from the point of view. With quite a lot of body modifications, the SGSS platform can also be found under the Fiat Grande Punto/ Punto Evo or the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa, which are among the most spacious cars in their class. Sure, the MiTo has a much lower overall height and only two doors, which kind of take away from the said advantage, but the basic idea remains.
Our test car wasn't the most fully equipped MiTo in the range, but we won't subtract too many points in this chapter since the present features had quite a lot of Italian flair and provided a very "racy" atmosphere. The materials used, on the other hand, weren't exactly top notch everywhere in the car. for example, the standard cloth trim on the seats appeared to feel a little cheap for Alfa's standard, while the center console benefitted from a similar treatment.
As for the driving position and the ergonomics, everything is pretty good except for one minor exception. We've noticed this in several other cars, so it's not that uncommon of a problem. The pedals are sitting a bit too close to the lower part center console, making larger drivers feel a bit claustrophobic at the legs, if such a thing is possible.
Overall, the quality and the fit and finish of a not-very-well-equipped MiTo are above average, and a bit nicer than those found on its "donor" brothers, but we can't say they're exactly premium. The sporty feeling found in almost any Alfa is more than present though, and everything from the "hugging" seats to the low-diameter three-spoke steering wheel are there to remind you that deep inside beats a "cuore sportivo". Continue reading