What is it?
This is the Alfa Mito TCT – the first model in the Fiat Group to get the new six-speed dry dual clutch gearbox, which works in conjunction with start-stop tech and is developed in-house. It is the only car in this segment to offer stop-start on an auto transmission - something that only Porsche has managed so far in the UK. Technically it’s a clever achievement, being light, compact and aiding emissions and economy.
The Alfa Romeo Mito is not the kind of car that will sell big numbers of automatic models in the UK, but there is demand for it globally and even over here it will still account for 5 per cent of the Mito's sales.
What’s it like?
For those who do fall into that audience this is a good option.
It's currently only available with the 1.4 135 MultiAir engine tested here, though it will appear on other models as well as the Giulietta range, and when driven around town in an un-hurried fashion it shifts gear smoothly and makes good use of the motor’s flexibility.
The only real problem is the start-stop. Or rather the start, which arrives a few seconds later than expected just as the gap in the traffic you were aiming for closes. It is a trait that could become less frustrating and easier to counteract with familiarity – and the start-stop can be turned off - but it is nonetheless an irritation.