New 2019 SEAT Mii electric prices revealed
SEAT’s first production EV is available to order from £19,300
The SEAT Mii electric is now on sale, with prices starting at £19,300 after the Government’s £3,500 plug-in car grant. It’s closely related to the Skoda Citigo e iV and the Volkswagen e-up!, and features a high specification to offset its high price.
There’s only one trim level for the electric Mii, and it includes 16-inch bi-tone alloy wheels, heated front sports seats, cruise control, DAB radio and rear parking sensors. You also get a colour screen, a SEAT Connect app and a smartphone holder that takes the place of an inbuilt touchscreen. Five paint colours (two solid and three metallic) are available, as is a contrast black roof.
Under the skin, the Mii electric and Citigo e iV are identical, both using an 81bhp electric motor and a 36.8kWh battery pack. Its 0-62mph time of 12.3 seconds is a little bit quicker than the now-discontinued petrol model, and should be nippy enough for town traffic. The Mii electric has a top speed of 81mph.
This low top speed shouldn’t be too much of a concern, as the car is unlikely to be used for regular motorway journeys. More relevant is the range, which is officially 161 miles. Naturally, this is similar to the Citigo e iV, but it’s also around 60 miles more than the Volkswagen e-up!, the third car in the VW Group city-car trio. Now the Mii electric is on sale, VW will start fitting the larger battery pack into the e-up!, giving it a similar range.
As the Citigo e iV and Mii electric are so closely related, the SEAT’s charging time matches the Skoda’s. That means charging from a flat battery to 80% takes around an hour using a 40kW fast-charger, while charging at home or at an office takes around four hours.
The charging point is located in the fuel filler cap, and there are Mii electric badges on the boot and under the door mirrors. These are the only changes that mark it out as an electric car and, unusually, the Mii electric’s grille isn’t fared in to improve the aerodynamics. The Mii also gets relatively large 16-inch alloy wheels; many electric cars ride on small wheels to reduce rolling resistance.
Inside, there’s a new dashboard, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and ambient lighting. The SEAT Connect app allows you to operate the lights, door locks and air conditioning remotely. Lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition are also included.
Sales of city cars are falling and the introduction of the Mii electric comes after the withdrawal of the petrol model. After the launch of the Mii electric, SEAT will follow it up with the Leon-sized el-Born EV and plug-in hybrid Cupra models.
Read our SEAT Mii review or check out our guide to the best electric cars on sale right now.