SEAT Mii hatchback
Price £8,440 - £11,995
- Cheap to buy
- Good fun to drive
- Impressively spacious
- Entry-level model poorly equipped
- Some suspect interior quality
- Some rivals cheaper to run
At a glance
“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.
The SEAT Mii is very cheap to run, with good fuel economy and the Ecomotive model qualifying for free road tax
Spritely performance and good handling make the SEAT Mii fun to drive
SEAT Mii offers comfort and space to rival many larger and more expensive cars
The SEAT Mii is cleverly designed, making it exceptionally spacious and versatile for a city car
The SEAT Mii is a robust and dependable little car, with very good safety ratings.