Alfa Romeo’s baby hatchback is cheaper than ever, with prices for the new Progression trim starting from £12,760
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Making the Italian brand’s answer to the Mini and Audi A1 more attainable than ever, the Progression becomes the new entry point into the range, while the Junior model aims to combine sporty styling with insurance-friendly running costs that will appeal to younger buyers.
Although the Progression is the cheapest version of the MiTo yet, that doesn’t mean that equipment levels have been scrimped on. Seven airbags, air conditioning and a five-inch touch screen infotainment system – introduced as part of last year’s MiTo update – are all equipped as standard.
The Junior name is inspired by the GT 1300 junior, a gorgeous two-door sedan Alfa Romeo produced in 1966. The Junior features similar equipment levels to the Progression on the inside – with the addition of special seat fabric and a flat-botommed sports steering wheel – the majority of changes revolve around tweaks to the exterior bodywork. New 17-inch alloy wheels are finished in white, and match the door mirror caps and unique Junior decals. Front fog lights, satin-effect door handles and a sports rear bumper round out the changes.
The engine range is unchanged from previous MiTos. The Progression is available with a choice of two petrols – a 78hp 1.4 and a 0.9-litre turbocharged TwinAir with 105hp – and a 1.3-litre 85hp turbo diesel. The diesel is capable of a claimed 80.7mpg, while the 0.9-litre turbo is the most peppy model of the range, with a 0-62mpg time of 11.4 seconds. Buyers of the Junior can choose between the more powerful petrol model or the diesel unit, but not the more basic 1.4.
Both trim levels are on sale now, with prices starting at £12,760 for the Mito Progression 1.4, rising to £15,415 for the 1.3 JTDM-2 Junior.