Review

SEAT Mii hatchback

Price  £8,440 - £11,995

SEAT Mii hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Cheap to buy
  • Good fun to drive
  • Impressively spacious
Cons
  • Entry-level model poorly equipped
  • Some suspect interior quality
  • Some rivals cheaper to run

At a glance

The greenest
SE Technology 12V Ecomotive 60PS 5dr £10,925
The cheapest
S 12V 60PS 3dr £8,440
The fastest
FR Line 12V 75PS 3dr £11,065
Top of the range
by Mango Limited Edition 12V 75PS 5dr £11,995

“The SEAT Mii offers all the good bits of the Volkswagen up! for a slightly lower price.”

If you’re after one of the best city cars available right now, then you simply must give the SEAT Mii serious consideration. Essentially, it's the same car as the Volkswagen up! and Skoda Citigo, but cheaper than the VW and slightly more interesting to look at than the Skoda.

Outside of its immediate family, the Mii counts the Hyundai i10, Toyota Aygo and Citroen C1 among its rivals. Out of the Skoda/SEAT/VW triumvirate, you may find the SEAT the best looking; it's certainly the most distinctive, with its angular headlights and trapezoidal grille.

Under the bonnet, there's a choice of two 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engines, producing 59 and 74bhp respectively. There's very little difference in performance between the two and as the more powerful engine is only available at the pricier end of the range, you may find it's not really worth it. 

Both work really well in town and don’t feel out of place on the motorway, either, while the standard slick-shifting five-speed manual gearbox is impressive, too. Unless you really need it, however, you should avoid the automatic gearbox, as it's slow, jerky and hesitant. 

No Mii costs more than £20 a year in road tax, but only the Ecomotive version of the 59bhp version (available only with the SE Technology trim level) is exempt, thanks to its 95g/km CO2 emissions. All others emit between 105 and 106g/km, with the standard 59bhp engine managing 62.8mpg and the Ecomotive version just under 69mpg fuel economy. 

There's no Ecomotive version of the more powerful 74bhp engine, but it still manages a shade over 60mpg fuel economy The automatic gearbox (which is only available with this more powerful engine) increases that figure to 63mpg. 

One of the things that really marks the Mii out in the city-car class – along with its VW group siblings – is the fact that it secured a full five-star crash safety rating from Euro NCAP. It scored a very impressive 89% for adult occupant protection and 80% for child occupant protection. As well as the mandatory anti-lock brakes, stability control and traction control, all Miis come with a multitude of airbags as well as a system called Safety Assist, which will automatically apply the brakes at speeds between 3mph and 19mph if it detects an imminent crash. ISOFIX child-seat mounts and tyre-pressure monitoring are also standard. 

You can have your Mii in one of six different trim levels – S, S A/C, Design Mii, SE Technology, FR-Line and Mii by Mango. All models come with a CD stereo, body-coloured bumpers and a height-adjustable steering wheel. Our favourite trim level, however, is the mid-range SE technology, which adds alloy wheels, Bluetooth phone connectivity, sat nav and air-conditioning.

MPG, running costs & CO2

5 / 5

The SEAT Mii is very cheap to run, with good fuel economy and the Ecomotive model qualifying for free road tax

Engines, drive & performance

3.9 / 5

Spritely performance and good handling make the SEAT Mii fun to drive

Interior & comfort

3.6 / 5

SEAT Mii offers comfort and space to rival many larger and more expensive cars

Practicality & boot space

3.2 / 5

The SEAT Mii is cleverly designed, making it exceptionally spacious and versatile for a city car

Reliability & safety

4.2 / 5

The SEAT Mii is a robust and dependable little car, with very good safety ratings.

What the others say

4 / 5
based on 3 reviews
4 / 5
“The SEAT Mii is cheaper than its Volkswagen counterpart and gets a dose of SEAT's Spanish style thrown into the deal. It's one of the best city cars currently on sale.”
4 / 5
“The Mii is an excellent small car. It offers good levels of refinement, is perfect for driving in tight town situations and has a high-quality interior.”
4 / 5
“The Seat Mii is remarkably grown-up to drive for a city car. It's also economical and well built.”
What owners say 
4.1857142857143
4.2 /5 based on 14 reviews
71%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend

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Last updated 
12 Feb 2016
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