First impressions of the Mito QV - 14/11/2014
Our MD, Guy Jenner, couldn’t resist running the MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde. Here are his first impressions:
What was never in doubt with the MiTo QV is how much fun it was going to be. The concern was that with my 70 mile daily commute was the MiTo going to prove tiresome? Sometimes you need to suffer a little for your passions, I rationalised. Besides, it looked fantastic in our showroom finished in the launch edition matt Magnesio Grey and I fancied a play.
Having now got the first 1000 miles out of the way, the MiTo’s most defining characteristic is that of its split personality. As with so many others, I have the joy of the M25 every day but the QV makes light work of the job. I have everything I need; DAB radio, Bluetooth streaming for my phone conversations and music, touch screen satellite navigation and cruise control to take the strain when the motorway is moving smoothly. The seats are also fantastic and combined with the handy centre arm-rest; the MiTo proves a very comfortable and calm place to be.
The MiTo’s TCT 6 speed gearbox was taken from the stunning 4C. It gives beautifully smooth and fast shifts. The TCT system really seems to suit the car as it puts out such strong torque at low engine revs; 184lb/ft at just 2500rpm. It has helped reduce emissions to a very impressive 124g/km and also reduce fuel consumption to a combined figure of 52.3mpg. In the first 1000 miles I have averaged just over 40mpg with a good mix of swift driving. This should steadily improve as the miles increase but I am really impressed.
So the QV is happy to do the drudgery of the M25 every day. Come off the motorway, move the DNA system into Dynamic, slot the gear lever across into manual and suddenly the QV becomes a different animal. The car instantly sharpens up with more positive steering and throttle response combined with those super-fast gear changes. The engine induction noise is true Alfa and the gears even make a lovely muted pop as each ratio slots home.
The MiTo is also remarkably composed as the pace increases thanks to the active suspension. It is rare for a car of this size to have adaptive suspension but it makes a remarkable difference on the bumpy, pot-holed roads of the South. The MiTo has a far greater breadth of suspension parameters with a better ride quality for every day driving whilst allowing things to tighten up the moment more spirited driving comes into play.
So there we have it. The latest MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde has exceeded expectations. It is undoubtedly fast and characterful but then that doesn’t come as a surprise when there is a big green cloverleaf badge on the wing. What has really impressed me is the MiTo’s ability to eat up the miles with remarkable refinement and ride quality. This is a car made to dissect country lanes at maximum attack whilst proving a remarkably good tool when it comes to motorways and general commuting. To my eye, it also remains one of the best looking small cars ever made.
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