What Car? Reader Awards 2010 - Superminis

18 November 2010
Alfa Romeo Mito

Alfa Romeo hasn't had much to shout about in recent years, but the fact you’ve voted the Mito your favourite supermini proves things are on the up. The Alfa secured a photo-finish victory over the Fiat 500, with the Panda snatching third place on an all-Italian podium.

If that raises eyebrows, going by Alfa and Fiat’s track record, the bottom-placed supermini will have you choking on your coffee: the Toyota Yaris gets a big thumbs-down.

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‘I really enjoy driving my Mito, but others might not be so keen – I’d recommend trying before you buy. Try it in town and on faster roads if possible. The ride is rather firm, so if your journey involves 100 speed bumps it might not be the best car for you! However, the payoff is great handling.’
Paul Tasker 1.6 JTDm Veloce


The full results are here...

‘I don’t think it’s fair that everyone compares the Mito with the Mini. Yes, they’re both small, stylish cars, but the Mito is cheaper and much more spacious inside. Mine gets me loads of looks in town, and is good fun to drive. It sounds great, too. I’m only disappointed by the rear visibility.’
Emre Isikyildiz 1.4 155 T-Jet Veloce

‘I’ve had my car five weeks now, and it’s been great. I chose Alfa Red paint and I paid extra for larger 17-inch alloys, which make a big difference to the looks. The DNA system is fun. You really see a difference in ‘Dynamic’ mode: the throttle is much more responsive and the car feels more powerful than its 94bhp would suggest.’
Luke Elliot 1.4 16v Turismo

‘This little car never ceases to amaze me. Last winter the Alfa coped incredibly well in the snow, thanks to the DNA system’s All-Weather mode. I’ve decided to replace my other car – an Audi A4, which was hopeless in the snow – with the next-generation Alfa 159.’
Mark Horsefield 1.4 120 T-Jet Veloce

‘I love this car, especially the way it looks and turns heads
in the street. I would recommend a Mito to anyone thinking about buying a Mini’ Serge Weinberger 1.4 155 T-Jet Veloce

Worst in class Toyota Yaris
‘So far, my Yaris has needed a new clutch, a gearbox rebuild (which took four weeks) and eventually – after intervention by Toyota’s head office – a new gearbox. I still have problems engaging some gears. The car is only 18 months old!’
Dave Bridgewater 1.3 VVT-i TR 5dr