SEAT Mii hatchback
Price £8,195 - £11,345
- Excellent build quality
- Spacious interior
- Fun to drive
- Poorly equipped
- Some cheap interior trim
- Running costs could be lower
At a glance
"The SEAT Mii is a smart, spacious and fun-to-drive city car that's cheaper than the VW up!"
The SEAT Mii is one of a trio of city cars produced by the Volkswagen Group, which also includes the Volkswagen up! and Skoda Citigo. The three cars are mechanically identical, but have been given their own identities using unique exterior and interior designs. The Mii is the sporty, stylish one of the trio. Its design is similar to larger cars in the SEAT range, such as the Ibiza and Leon, with a narrow grille and wide-set headlights, and it's available as a three or five-door hatchback. The materials in the interior aren't as high-quality as those found in the Volkswagen up!, but the Mii is cheaper to buy and just as good to drive. It's particularly suited to city driving, as its tiny dimensions make manoeuvring in tight spaces a breeze, but its efficient engines cope just fine on the motorway, too. It's one of the best cars SEAT produces and one of the finest models in the city-car class.
MPG, running costs & CO2
The Mii offers great everyday fuel economy, making it extremely cheap to run
Two petrol engines are available with the SEAT Mii, producing 59bhp or 74bhp. The more powerful engine returns 60.1 mpg, while the 59bhp engine can see up to 68.9mpg when fitted to the Ecomotive model with brake energy recovery and stop-start technology. Running costs on all models are low and road tax won't cost more than £20 a year, while the Ecomotive models are exempt from paying it altogether.
The Mii is aimed at young buyers and it's available with competitive finance deals that make it cheap to buy, while insurance should also be very affordable.
Engines, drive & performance
The Mii offers nippy performance and sharp handling for a fun drive
The Mii is surprisingly fun to drive, thanks to its willing engines that don't mind being worked hard. It's very small, making it ideal for manoeuvring in town, and the controls are also light and easy to use. There's some body lean in the corners, but it's not excessive and the Mii never feels intimidating to drive.
Despite having just 59bhp or 74bhp to play with, the Mii always seems nippy, but you'll have to work it hard on the motorway and overtaking will never seem effortless. There's much less engine noise than in rival models, though.
Interior & comfort
Surprisingly spacious and comfortable for such a small car
The Mii has soft suspension that does a good job of keeping everyone inside comfortable, but not at the expense of a fun driving experience.
Small cars often suffer from lots of engine noise, making them a wearing place to sit on long journeys, but the Mii is better than most. At low speeds, it makes a characterful noise, so it sounds good even under hard acceleration. Once up to speed, the Mii's engine settles to a quiet cruise and at motorway speeds it's a surprisingly relaxing car – although it's obviously not an executive saloon.
Practicality & boot space
Cleverly designed for everyday life, the Mii is surprisingly versatile
Wide-opening doors mean the SEAT Mii is easy to get into, and there's also a five-door option if you want added practicality. Once you're inside, there's a surprising amount of space – so much so that even four tall adults should be able to get comfortable, but long journeys won't be ideal.
SEAT has scattered plenty of cubbyholes throughout the Mii's interior, and both the glovebox and the door bins pass the Carbuyer big-bottle test with flying colours. Plus, even the back seats get cupholders.
Boot space is also strong, and the 251 litres offered by the Mii is more than you'll get in some models from the class above, and beats the more expensive Fiat 500 and MINI hatchbacks. Drop down the Mii's rear seats, meanwhile, and the load capacity expands to 951 litres. All models also get a double-layer boot floor that lets you slide large items in easily.
Reliability & safety
Very safe and sister Skoda model is rated highly
The SEAT Mii didn't feature in our 2014 Driver Power survey, but the Skoda Citigo, with which the Mii shares most of its parts, came second out of 150 cars. That means you can expect the Mii to be very well built. The Citigo also scored highly for both reliability and build quality.
The Mii is small, but it's also very safe. It comes with a long list of safety features, including multiple air bags, stability control, anti-lock brakes, traction control and ISOFX child-seat mounts. All that meant the SEAT received the maximum five-star score when it was crash-tested by Euro NCAP.
Price, value for money & options
Superb value for money, but sparsely equipped and extras are pricey
The SEAT Mii is based on the Volkswagen up!, but it's cheaper to buy – although there's no denying the VW badge has slightly more prestige.
Trim levels include S, Ecomotive, SE, Toca, and Sport. S models are sparsely equipped, although they're very cheap, but we'd go for the Toca model, which gets smart-looking alloy wheels, air-conditioning, daytime running lights, 60:40 split rear seats and tinted windows. Choosing lots of extras can increase the price of the Mii quite rapidly, but there's plenty of useful equipment including a detachable sat-nav system that's worth having given the Mii's city-car status.