Review

SEAT Mii hatchback

Price  £8,195 - £11,345

SEAT Mii hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Excellent build quality
  • Spacious inside
  • Entertaining handling
Cons
  • Entry-level model is spartan
  • Some interior trim quality not great
  • Running costs not as low as they should be

At a glance

The greenest
Ecomotive 12V 60 PS 3dr £9,530
The cheapest
S 12V 60 PS 3dr £8,195
The fastest
Sport 12V 75 PS 3dr £10,380
Top of the range
by Mango 12V 75 PS 5dr £11,345

“Smart, spacious and fun to drive, the SEAT Mii offers everything the VW up! does, but at a lower price.”

The SEAT Mii is simply one of the best city cars money can buy. There's very little to separate it from its Skoda Citigo sister model, and if you want the same car with an upmarket badge, you can always pay the slightly higher price a Volkswagen up! commands. We think the Mii is the most stylish of the three, especially in Mango spec, which makes it a bit more interesting than the somewhat restrained Citigo.

Other rivals include our Car of the Year for 2014, the Hyundai i10, as well as the Kia Picanto, Citroen C1, Peugeot 108 and Toyota Aygo – although the reality is only the Hyundai can match the appeal of the SEAT, VW and Skoda trio.

Its distinctive front grille is styled similarly to the front end of a SEAT Ibiza or SEAT Leon, while buyers have a choice of three or five-door body shapes. The Mii is both a hoot to drive and very cheap to run, making it ideal for people who want to save money but still look forward to getting behind the wheel every morning.

And unlike many small city cars, it doesn’t feel out of its depth on the motorway, remaining composed and quiet inside. It's also deceptively spacious for such a compact car, with a useful boot and plenty of room for adults inside.

As in the up! and Citigo, the Mii's 1.0-litre engine offers a choice of two power outputs – 59 or 74bhp – although the more powerful version is only available in pricey Sport or Mango trim. In reality, there isn’t much difference between the two engines on the road, so the 59bhp will be fine for most buyers. The full range encompasses S, S A/C, Ecomotive, SE, I-TECH, Sport and Mango models. We think that the more practical five-door version in Ecomotive trim (which qualifies for free road tax) is the pick of the line-up.

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. Owners are dissatisfied with the dealer network, however.

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.”

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What owners say

4.05
4.1 /5 based on 12 reviews
67%
 people would recommend this car to a friend

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Last updated
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