The Alfa Romeo MiTo is arguably one of the most under-appreciated compact cars of our time. It’s a solid performer that has been on the market for a few years, but it doesn’t get nearly the same amount of love as the Mini Cooper. The Italian automaker hopes to change that with the introduction of the MiTo Junior, a special edition model that made its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

The MiTo Junior pays homage to the old Giulia GT 1300 Junior, which went on to become one of the biggest commercial successes for Alfa Romeo. There’s a lot of history there to draw from, not to mention some big shoes for the MiTo Junior to fill.

By bringing back the "Junior" nomenclature, Alfa Romeo wants to re-introduce to the world the level of fun this model once brought to the proud Italian automaker.

As far as justified reasons are concerned, it’s actually a pretty good one.

Click past the jump to read more about the Alfa Romeo MiTo Junior.


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The overall look of the MiTo Junior doesn’t deviate much from its standard form. But it does have a lot of personalized details, highlighted by a black paint finish with white racing stripes and white door mirror fairings. A “Junior” tailgate sticker is clearly visible at the back, overlapping the white racing stripes.

A sports rear bumper was also added, as was a chrome-plated exhaust tailpipe, front and rear light frames, Satin Chrome door handles, and a new set of 17-inch white alloy wheels. The wheels in particular are a nice touch; a cool departure from their traditional polished silver appearance.


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The MiTo Junior’s cabin takes the exterior’s black and white treatment to a new level with black sports seats that are complemented with abstract white contrast stitching. A new shaped steering wheel design is also included, but the changes are subtle enough that most won’t notice.

The MiTo Junior also has a special sports instrument panel with matching white graphics, a black-colored "Street" dashboard, and special mats emblazoned with the “Junior” logo.

The MiTo Junior doesn’t lack in new equipment, either. It’s got a dual-zone automatic climate control system, tinted windows, fog lights, cruise control, and seats with adjustable lumbar support. On the technology side, the special edition hatchback boasts a Uconnect radio system, a 5-inch color Touchscreen, SMS Reader, Bluetooth, an MP3 Media Player with USB and AUX-in, SMS reader, and a BOSE Hi-Fi sound system that comes with a subwoofer and eight speakers.


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Unfortunately, the MiTo Junior doesn’t have any performance upgrades; if you’re looking for a 200-horsepower sports hatch, you’re fresh out of luck.

A 1.4-liter inline-four engine that produces 140 horsepower, can be found under the bonnet providing enough fun for most. The engine is mated to Alfa Romeo’s TCT automatic transmission and should be good enough to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds before peaking at a top speed of 130 mph.

In the event that you’re looking for a smaller engine, Alfa Romeo’s also offering the "Junior" special edition model with smaller engine options. The 0.9-liter Turbo TwinAir, for example, produces 105 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque. This model can cover 0 to 62 mph in 11.4 seconds to go with a top speed of 114 mph.

Type 1.4 Turbo Petrol MultiAir
Output 140 HP
Transmission Alfa TCT automatic
0-100 km/h (62 mph) 8.1 seconds
Top Speed 209 km/h
Fuel consumption 5.4 l/100km
CO2 emissions 124 g/km


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Alfa Romeo hasn’t released any pricing details for the MiTo Junior. But that’s not stopping us from speculating on a price. So we’re going to throw out $25,000 as a ball park price for this special edition MiTo. This machine will never hit U.S. Soil, but for our friends across the Atlantic, this should be a good number to base your estimates on.


Mini Cooper

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If there’s a company that’s not prudent about special edition models, it’s Mini. With a wider availability and a deeper heritage, the Mini holds a lot of advantages over the new MiTo. The Cooper is also a fresher model in the sense that a new generation model was just launched at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show whereas the MiTo has been trudging along since 2008 with only minor updates.

The Cooper also has a more powerful set of engine options compared to the MiTo. 140 ponies is adequate for a hatchback like the MiTo. But the Cooper just has more power to tap into, especially in the Cooper S, which has a 2.0-liter inline-four engine that produces 192 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque. That’s not only head and shoulders above what the top-of-the-line MiTo will give, but it also translates to a faster 0 to 60 mph time of just 6.5 seconds to go with a top speed of 146 mph.

The Mini Cooper is priced from $19,950 for the standard model all the way up to $23,600 for the top-of-the-line Cooper S.


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The "Junior" is essentially a normal MiTo with a few splashes of extra style and nostalgia. Nothing too fancy and certainly nothing overblown. If you aren’t looking for a back road bomber, and you just need a stylish, and suitably efficient city car, the MiTo Junior is a solid choice.

Sure, it needs an update, but you can say the same thing for a lot of models with some design years on them. Give the MiTo Junior a second-look if you have the chance. You might find it is the exact car you were looking for.

  • Leave it
    • * No power upgrades
    • * Is it coming to the US?
    • * Other models serve as stiff competition

Press Release

The Alfa Romeo brand, sports essence and a young vibe: these are the features that made the "baby" Giulia GT 1300 Junior a success ever since its launch in 1966. Better known simply as the 1300 GT Junior, the model was to become one of the biggest commercial successes for Alfa Romeo in the sports segment.

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Today, the sport-oriented DNA of that legendary coupé lives again in the MiTo Junior, a brilliant entry-level model designed to make the Alfa Romeo world of grit, agility and sheer fun accessible for younger buyers.


On the outside, the new MiTo Junior emphasizes its sporting soul with a few distinctive features such as the new 17" alloy wheels with white treatment, the sports rear bumper and the chrome-plated exhaust tailpipe. Unmistakably identified by the "Junior" tailgate sticker, the new version also offers special, white-finish door mirror fairings, colour-matched with the wheels and an elegant Satin Chrome treatment for the door handles and front and rear light frames.


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True to its positioning as the "sportiest compact car ever", the new MiTo Junior stands out for its unique white stitching set against the sports fabric seats, the new shaped steering wheel design, the special mats with the "Junior" logo and the gear and brake lever leather boots. Equipped with a black-coloured Street dashboard, the MiTo Junior has a special sports instrument panel with white graphics.


Styled to express its sports nature, and with an outstanding on-road performance setting the standard in its category, the new MiTo Junior comes equipped with a standard dual-zone automatic climate control system, tinted windows, fog lights, cruise control, seats with lumbar adjustment, leather wheel with radio/phone controls and spoiler (configuration available for the French market).

Additionally, the new MiTo Junior features the best equipment currently available in terms of infotainment: a UconnectTM 5’’ Radio system, including a 5" colour Touchscreen, Bluetooth® pre-setting with voice controls and MP3 Media Player with USB and AUX-in, SMS reader, audio streaming and steering wheel controls; it is also pre-set for the installation of a top-class BOSE Hi-Fi sound system (with 8 speakers and subwoofer).

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Engines and transmissions

New MiTo Junior purchasers can choose from a wide range of engine versions - all efficient, reliable and eco-friendly. Among them are the 105 HP 0.9 Turbo TwinAir, with its lively performance - 105 HP (72 kW) delivery at 5,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 145 Nm at 2,000 rpm - and reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. All this without ever compromising on performance: top speed of 184 km/h and 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in just 11.4 seconds.

For high-performance enthusiasts, there’s the new 140 HP 1.4 Turbo Petrol MultiAir with Alfa TCT automatic transmission, delivering a stunning 209 km/h top speed with 0-100 km/h acceleration in just 8.1 seconds. All this with reduced emissions and fuel consumption: 5.4 l/100km and 124 g/km CO2 respectively, in the combined cycle.

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Newly licensed drivers also have the option to choose between a 78 HP 1.4 petrol version and an 85 HP 1.3 JTDM Turbodiesel version. The latter power unit, in particular, delivers a top power of 85 HP at 3,500 rpm and a torque of 200 Nm from just 1,500 rpm, and can reach a top speed of 174 km/h and 0-100 km/h acceleration in 12.9 seconds. One of the second-generation MultiJet engines, the 1.3 JTDm version only produces 90 g/km CO2 emissions in the mixed cycle.

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