@Squiker, that was a good honest review from your point of view, i.e. used to driving a larger car. I agree that the 95hp n/a engine is probably underpowered, although i haven't driven it. But the fact is, compared to other cars of the same price, the mito outperforms almost all of them in power and 0-60 time.
The mini is a car I was seriously considering before I looked at the mito, and I can agree that the mini's handling is unique and basically no other car of the same size can beat it, but if you compare a mini with a similarly priced mito, you will get more power and better equipment. Also, the mito's handling has been said to be the best handling Alfa and certainly up to the standards of most other hatchbacks.
Also the mini is tiny, the 2 back seats will leave your passengers cramped and there is basically no boot space. The mito can fit 2 adults comfortably and has a pretty good boot for the car's size.
So taking into account what you get for the money, what are you suggesting makes the mini a much better car than the mito? Reliability? perhaps, but it's hard to determine the long term reliability of the mito yet. As for looks, that is everyone's opinion, but for the right group of people (i.e. young people) it is one of the best looking cars available. Furthermore the mini has absolutely no uniqueness factor (you see a mini on almost every street), whereas the mito is far rarer and shows that you have good taste because you have an alfa.. Lol.
I've now given back my Mito as my own, somewhat unreliable, 159 was ready for collection, and I feel I can qualify my review a little more.
After reading the responses to my 'review' here I started paying a little more attention to my Mito and the first thing I did was to always drive it in 'D' mode. Now, remember this is only the 95bhp car so we can't expect miracles. However, it absolutely made a difference to my personal experience of the car. No longer did I feel I was having to wind the thing up like a clockwork toy, the car was more responsive and, whilst not being faster per se, the general driving experience was more enjoyable. I was able to pass other cars in a safe and planned fashion and cornering felt better because I had some power there when I wanted it, on exit. I actually passed a somewhat sluggish GTV 2.0 one icy day.
I reset my trip computer and the car was pretty much the same in terms of fuel consumption as when I used to drive it everywhere in 'N'. It actually used some 2% more fuel but, by this time, we were into the snowy weather here in Sussex and this necessitated lots more on\off driving through non-gritted roads. Ergo, use D all the time and, Alfa should fit a dash menu option to set D as the default mode when starting.
Negatives, the steering in D is heavy and springy. I think there's less power assistance, but there's not more feel, the steering still feels detached and 'floaty'.
Ok, so, all well and good, I'd been in the car long enough to forget my 159 and just be a Mito driver and, I took on board a lot of what people here said, and it actually gave me a better experience for it. One journey included a 'for the hell of it' 50 mile cross country run through up to 6 inches of snow and the car made it, only getting stuck once. The traction control was a real burden here because, unlike the 159, you cannot turn it off. The Mito then tending to cut power instead of wheelspin, when I wanted some wheelspin to dig in and cut through the snow.
Now, on the last full day of Mito 'ownership' I bought my girlfriend a 'runabout' car and, the car we decided on was a 1.7 Ford Puma. I drove this directly from the Mito and well, the Puma kicked the Mito's *** in every department except equipment levels, interior design and braking. The handling of this 10 year old car was pin sharp and ****ed on the Mito from a great height. The acceleration was far more urgent but, the car has another 30 horses, so we'd have to compare with the TB Mito to be fair. And the general driving experience was superb, leaving the Mito feeling lardy and ponderous. I actually didn't want to stop driving the Puma and left Lisa in the Mito until my 159 3.2 was ready the next day.
So, lessons learned from the forum to be sure, but, I still feel that the Mito could have been a modern day Puma, a real lively fun car that you never want to get out of. That said, comparing the Mito to other similar priced cars (which I did right after reading some responses here) I think you are getting a good deal. It does have good space in the back and all the practicalities etc. So yes, I capitulate on those points people here have raised. WRT to statements that the Mito is the best handling Alfa, that's not true. As soon as I got back in my 159 Q4, I knew I was in a car that could out handle the Mito. Corner speeds are some 10-15mph higher, and in one 100mph corner (cloverleaf interchange in non-disclosed location) the Mito could barely manage 80mph. Wet, dry or particularly snow, the 159 annihlates the Mito. Not just in pure stats, steering feel in the 159 is direct, weighty and full of feedback. You can feel every slide coming on, even right on the limit. So I'd say that such statements regarding the Mito being the best handling Alfa, are simply not correct, but I have to concur with most other points you raise.
Anyway, happy new year to all Alfa owners and enjoy the lovely snow, I sure have been!