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Hi,

Looking for opinions. :)

I've been driving a Puma for years and now want to scrap it for a MiTo. I've driven the 120 and 155 last year and thought the 120 was great, if a little tail floppy on turn-in. I believe the 135 will be a great compromise over the old 155, especially as the handling has been improved. I think the 170 (with active suspension) is probably OTT for me.

But, how much difference in handling is to be had from the 17" lower profiles you get for standard on Veloce over the Lusso? Is the extra £1000 worth it for the upgrade, or maybe just splash £600 on the upgraded wheels? Or stay bog standard on Lusso?

Love to hear any thoughts please?

Enjoy the snow - out for a spin now!
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For me, the Veloce was worth the cost for the wheels, the Blue&Me (I love this, it's great), and also the cosmetic tweaks (Loved the red brake callipers, rear bumper and the little spoiler).


I think that only you can decide.

If you think you will make use of Blue&Me (USB socket for memory sticks or ipods, and USB pairing to your phone for handsfree and sms message reader, plus voice control), then it's a no brainer, as that is worth £300ish, so it's worth it just for the wheels and stereo.
 

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The Puma is still absolutely great to drive; handles so well and such fun! The MiTo only comes close to a 12 year old car IMO. However, it's getting a bit ripe and won't survive another MOT, without plenty of welding fun!

Thanks for you comments. I have an iPhone and that requires a £70 adapter to play nice with B&M, plus as a Mac user, that Windoze CE logo jars horribly :-/ But it does seem good value if the wheels make enough difference (and I want the firmer ride).

Anyone else have their two-peneth?
 

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Lusso isn't the "bog standard" trim.

I went for the Lusso — well, actually, I didn't, it was just that a Lusso was available sooner than a Veloce and I was so desperate for a Mito — but I'm pleased with that level of trim.

I personally wouldn't have made use of the B&M (I listen to the radio 80% of the time and the other 20% I have my CDs for, and I'm quite happy to pull over when making a phone call).
I wasn't crazy for a spoiler either because I feel its too chavvy.

That said, the extra bits you get with Veloce are worth paying the extra grand I think.
Tough call, but there's no bad decision to be honest. Lusso or Veloce, as long as you've got a Mito you're a winner.

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Ah, sorry for the unintended insult to your trim level… ;-)

I share your thoughts on the Spoiler! But I think the wheels might help push the handling closer to what I'm used to… I guess it's either one standard spec or the other, the half way house is probably not money well spent.

I love listening to iPhone or iPod tunes when driving and would prefer to not have to use my iTrip (FM transmitter).
 

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Ah, sorry for the unintended insult to your trim level… ;-)

I share your thoughts on the Spoiler! But I think the wheels might help push the handling closer to what I'm used to… I guess it's either one standard spec or the other, the half way house is probably not money well spent.

I love listening to iPhone or iPod tunes when driving and would prefer to not have to use my iTrip (FM transmitter).
No worries! In your case then I'd definitely splash out and get Veloce. Like I say, the main reason I got Lusso was because that was more readily available at the time! :thumbs:
 

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I too am and iphone / ipod / mac user.

The thing that annoyed me was that I had to format my ipod as a 'windows' device (meaning i can't update it on the mac). Not sure if i will have to do that to the iphone too (getting my adapter in a week or two), hope not.


That said, it takes a bit of time for the ipod to become available, so have found myself putting some music on a usb memory stick and using that.


I haven't driven a mito with 16inch wheels, so can't comment on that.

The 17's + suspension does mean the ride is a bit crashy at times, i just try to avoid as many pot holes as I can. Grips very well though
 
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Lusso isn't the "bog standard" trim.

I went for the Lusso — well, actually, I didn't, it was just that a Lusso was available sooner than a Veloce and I was so desperate for a Mito — but I'm pleased with that level of trim.

I personally wouldn't have made use of the B&M (I listen to the radio 80% of the time and the other 20% I have my CDs for, and I'm quite happy to pull over when making a phone call).
I wasn't crazy for a spoiler either because I feel its too chavvy.

That said, the extra bits you get with Veloce are worth paying the extra grand I think.
Tough call, but there's no bad decision to be honest. Lusso or Veloce, as long as you've got a Mito you're a winner.

GL
Ah, sorry for the unintended insult to your trim level… ;-)

I share your thoughts on the Spoiler! But I think the wheels might help push the handling closer to what I'm used to… I guess it's either one standard spec or the other, the half way house is probably not money well spent.

I love listening to iPhone or iPod tunes when driving and would prefer to not have to use my iTrip (FM transmitter).
How can the spoiler be chavvy????? its the smallest roof spoiler fitted to any car on the road! I think it gives the rear of the car a much more rounded finish (somehow) and improves the cars style. I also think that silver mirrors are important, but thats just my opinion.

I like the veloce - with the red interior its very nice - but then so is the lusso. Depends how important the extra money is to you.
 

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i went for the small rear spoiler too. Very discreet and i think it looks wrong without it! I think the trim on the veloce looks very nice. When i was choosing i was looking more at the kit and didnt really see anything that the veloce had extra that i would want to pay for. Didnt want the bigger wheels as i preferred a more settled ride from the 16's.
 

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MiTo MultiAir 135bhp Lusso or Veloce

Hi MitoChoice

Trim level choices are very personal to an individual and so is the ride difference between 16" & 17" wheels - sometimes cost is a determining factor but the best thing to do is to look at both Lusso & Veloce models in the flesh, sit in them & drive them - afterwards you will know what to order for yourself to replace your Puma.

We have today ordered our first MiTo MultiAir's which will be with us in March - a mixture of Lusso and Veloce in Red, White & Black.

Come & see us if you want to look at all the different trim levels on the MiTo, we've got everything to look at in large quantities.

Also one last thing you may not know - if you are considering a MiTo on the Scrappage scheme you must place your order at a dealership before the end of February. The government are not accepting any new scrappage orders after Feb as the scheme is ending (unless they extend it again).

Hope that helps.

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Mangoletsi (PM me if you need to)
 

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Thanks for all the replies. I know it's very subjective all round! I'm just trying to distill my ideas at the moment… :)
The thing that annoyed me was that I had to format my ipod as a 'windows' device (meaning i can't update it on the mac).
Your Mac should be able to update your Windoze formatted iPod. Macs can use either format!

I haven't driven a mito with 16inch wheels, so can't comment on that.

The 17's + suspension does mean the ride is a bit crashy at times, i just try to avoid as many pot holes as I can. Grips very well though
That's the crux of the issue for me. Looks like some people like the comfort of the 16s (with /55 tyres) and others tolerate the crashing of the 17s (with /45 tyres) for more fun. I suppose I'm wondering where either sit compared to my Puma (with /50 tyres)? Test drive obviously, but any more thoughts peeps?
 

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How can the spoiler be chavvy????? its the smallest roof spoiler fitted to any car on the road! I think it gives the rear of the car a much more rounded finish (somehow) and improves the cars style. I also think that silver mirrors are important, but thats just my opinion.
I'm not a fan of spoilers, that's my opinion :p Maybe chavvy was the wrong word, but I take your point about it being discreet. Each to their own, eh ;)
 
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I'm not a fan of spoilers, that's my opinion :p Maybe chavvy was the wrong word, but I take your point about it being discreet. Each to their own, eh ;)
I was referring to the sliver mirrors more when making the opinion point, i think they go well with the silver surrounds on the front and back lights. when people refer to a spoiler as chavvy i tend to think of a old escort RS or a scooby with a grab handle on the back of it:thumbs:

One thing to consider between the Lusso and Veloce models in the quality of material used for the seats. I have a lusso with red seats, and whilst i really like the style of them....the texture of the cloth doesnt seem quite as robust as the materials used for the veloce. Just means I have to take extra care around them when putting things like carboard boxes on the seats (dont want the edges to tear the cloth!)
 

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I was referring to the sliver mirrors more when making the opinion point, i think they go well with the silver surrounds on the front and back lights. when people refer to a spoiler as chavvy i tend to think of a old escort RS or a scooby with a grab handle on the back of it:thumbs:

One thing to consider between the Lusso and Veloce models in the quality of material used for the seats. I have a lusso with red seats, and whilst i really like the style of them....the texture of the cloth doesnt seem quite as robust as the materials used for the veloce. Just means I have to take extra care around them when putting things like carboard boxes on the seats (dont want the edges to tear the cloth!)

thats the point i was trying to make. Condiser the quality of the cloth used on the seats. I like my lusso seats but it was only after ordering that i thought about the cloth. If there is not a massive amount of dofference between lusso and veloce dont just think about the kit the quality of the seat cloth is an extra consideration. (and the veloce seats get the nice alfa logo on them!)
 

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in my opinion, a spoiler/rear wing is chavy when installed as an after-market item. If it comes with the car then it has a sense of purpose, i.e. is probably designed to benefit your car in some way (examples are nissan GTR, ferrari enzo, bugatti veyron etc). The chavvy ones are modified 5 or more year old cars with a huge rear wing on it to make it look like a racing car.
 

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mongoose if you look at the size of the rear spoiler on the mito it has no purpose at all other than (if you like it) to look good or (if you dont) to look like a chav:tut:
 

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Guys, let's not get into a mass debate(!) about trim levels

The bottom line is that if you personally feel the extra £1,000 is worth it, then go Veloce. If not, then Lusso is just fine.

At the end of the day, thank gawd we all have different opinions about what looks good and what doesn't, otherwise we'd all be driving the same thing and it'd be extremely boring! :)
 
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