The Alfa Romeo Mito and Volkswagen Polo GTI are playing snakes and ladders.
The Alfa Romeo Mito and Volkswagen Polo GTI are playing snakes and ladders. The purpose of this match is to discover which is the best hot-hatch. Rolling the dice first is the Polo 3dr, which costs £18,795. Its exceptional build quality means it pulls ahead of the Alfa which somehow feels less robust. However, the mighty Mito catches-up as even the top-of-the-range version is cheaper than the Polo. It only costs £17,955. Okay, all square.The Volkswagen Polo GTI then charges-up the longest ladder. Its 1.4-litre engine produces 180ps, roughly ten more than the top-spec Mito 1.4 TB MultiAir Quadrifoglio Verd. The Polo, therefore, hits 62mph in 6.9 seconds compared to its rival's 7.5. Top speed is 142mph, whereas the Mito slides down the nearest snake at only 136mph. Both versions average a respectable 47mpg, which propels them nicely along the game board. Both vehicles have fun-focussed handling and feel totally composed – but the Alfa Romeo Mito has an advantage. Its 'DNA system' allows motorists to change the set-up. 'Normal' mode for comfy cruising, 'all weather' for tricky conditions, and finally 'dynamic'. This stiffens the suspension, lightens the steering, and minimises input from the traction control system. All this electronic wizardry is easily controlled via a button near the gear lever. A few more rolls of the dice and these two competitors finish neck-and-neck. Both are clearly exceptional machines. The Volkswagen Polo GTI's extra speed and robust construction helped it race around the board quicker- but the Mito's styling, DNA system, and sky-high status enabled it to catch-up. This needs to be settled over a game of chess.