But there are positives to note on the road. The turn in is quite keen, the MiTo feeling agile at corner entry. The ride doesn't feel dissimilar to the Fiesta's in fact, pretty stiff but without crashing too much.
But for a junior hot hatch, and an Italian one at that, the MiTo QV just isn't much fun. Attach whichever cliche desired about Alfa's dynamic prowess from the past and it simply doesn't apply to the latest Cloverleaf.
Fiesta ST for any-rev punch. Despite peak power being produced at 5,500rpm, there's little incentive to chase higher revs as doing so amplifies a fairly flat, uninspiring sound.
As in the Giulietta, the TCT dual clutch 'box in the QV is competent yet unremarkable. The shift speed is fine but what would be wrong with a little drama? It needn't be as outlandish as something like an A45 but using the gearbox for a little aural excitement wouldn't go amiss. A piercing beep whenever it decides a downchange is inappropriate compounds the impression of the MiTo being rather strait-laced.
If anything the MiTo's staid nature is harder to excuse than in the Giulietta. That car will inherently be a little more mature, so why can't the smallest Alfa just have an edge too it? In a class that contains the hilariously engaging Fiesta and super talented Cooper S, the MiTo will struggle to compete. Indeed at more than £20,000 it ranks with the junior hot hatch also rans.
ALFA ROMEO MITO QUADRIFOGLIO VERDE
Engine: 1,368cc 4-cyl turbo
Transmission: 6-speed TCT dual-clutch auto
Power (hp): 170@5,500rpm
Torque (lb ft): 184@2,500rpm (Dynamic mode only, 170 in Normal/All Weather)
0-62mph: 7.3 seconds
Top speed: 136mph
MPG: 52.3mpg (NEDC combined)