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The Alfa Romeo MiTo has been updated for the 2014 model year in the UK, boasting higher specs, a revised interior and subtle styling changes. The baby Alfa gets a chromed front grille, titanium grey headlamp and tail lamp surrounds, a tinted rear window and a sports rear bumper.

The interior gets a new dashboard, upgraded plastics and a new five-inch Uconnect touch-screen that incorporates voice recognition, Bluetooth, USB, Aux and optional navigation. The colour menu has been revised with a new Matte Magnesio Grey finish.

The 2014 Alfa Romeo MiTo is available in Sprint, Distinctive, Sportiva and Quadrifoglio Verde (QV) trim levels. Seven airbags, start/stop, air-con, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear knob, front fog lamps, a rear spoiler and alloy wheels are standard across the range.

The Distinctive trim adds 17-inch alloys, cruise control, rear parking sensors and a front centre armrest, while Sportiva includes 18-inch sports alloys, a QV steering wheel and handbrake (trimmed in black leather with green stitching), satin-effect exterior highlights and special badges. Finally, the posh QV adds red, four-piston Brembo brake callipers, SDC active suspension system, bespoke sports seats with uprated upholstery and special QV wing badges.

The 875 cc TwinAir two-cylinder turbo engine now produces 105 hp. This gives the Alfa Romeo MiTo a 1.1-second faster century sprint time than the previous 85 hp version, even though torque is unchanged at 145 Nm. Combined fuel economy and CO2 emissions are a claimed 4.2 litres per 100 km and just under 100 grams per km respectively.

Other petrol engines are a 135 hp 1.4 TB MultiAir (with 206 Nm for manual and 230 Nm for TCT twin-clutch ‘box), a 170 hp/250 Nm version of that MultiAir for the QV. As for diesel, there’s a JTDM unit in 1.3 and 1.6 litre displacements, producing 85 hp/200 Nm and 120 hp/320 Nm respectively.