The most compact vehicle in the SEAT range, the Mii is a city car par excellence, providing a roomier cabin than you might expect and featuring a range of cheap-to-run engines. If you are looking for a first car or a reliable second family vehicle, the Mii will fit the bill perfectly.
Small and stylish, the Mii looks good while it weaves in and out of traffic. Standard features include body-coloured bumpers, while black door handles provide an eye-catching contrast to the body. SE grades bring 14-inch alloy wheels, colour-keyed door handles and (power-operated and heated) door mirrors. Design trims feature LED daytime running lights and dark-tinted rear windows, while FR grades possess 16-inch alloys, sports suspension and front fog lamps. Mango trims come with 15-inch alloy wheels and a choice of Atom Grey or chrome door mirrors.
A four-seat cabin features a telescopic steering wheel, power-assisted steering and a folding rear bench, as well as a 251-litre boot. SE grades feature a gloss-white dashboard panel with chrome highlighting, a leather steering wheel and gear knob, a height-adjustable driver’s seat and electric front windows. FR trims come with a black dashboard panel, and aluminium front-door sill trims and floor mats that are adorned with range-specific badging. Mango grades feature black ersatz leather and Alcantara upholstery, embellished with contrast piping.
Entry-level S grades feature a 1.0-litre 59bhp petrol engine, paired with five-speed manual transmission. This delivers up to 62.8mpg and 105g/km of CO2. Similarly specified units available for SE trims and above feature a Start/Stop system, and return as much as 68.9mpg and a CO2 emission figure as low as 95g/km.
A two-speaker sound system features an MP3-compatible CD player. SE trims add four more speakers and SEAT Portable System Live, which delivers satellite navigation, Bluetooth®, SD connectivity and more.
The Mii comes with a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP. Driver aids include Electronic Stability Control, Hill-Hold Assist and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. Passive safety features such as seatbelt reminders, ISOFIX mountings and tethers and multiple airbags are standard inclusions
Design Mii - from £11,905
FR-Line - from £12,265
The cute and quirky Mii is available now at Crewe SEAT. To book a test drive, please contact us today on 01270 449172 or via our enquiry form.
UK Drive: SEAT Mii FR Line
The Mii as we know it is in its final year. A replacement is expected before the year is out, but that hasn’t stopped Seat frothing up the milk a bit.
The FR Line isn’t quite a full-blooded FR; you don’t get any more power from the 74bhp three-cylinder we already know and love, hence the ‘Line’ addendum. It’s an aesthetic thing, with 16-inch wheels, red-trimmed air vents and seat cloth, and a gloss black dashboard panel.
You can buy the FR Line in 59bhp and 74bhp guises, with three or five doors. On test is a three-door with 74bhp.
The throaty three-banger under the bonnet is as characterful as ever, buzzing away happily under power. There’s a little vibration but it feels natural and never gets annoying. Even with all 74bhp working hard the Mii is never more than lightly brisk, but the wider Bridgestones cling to corners like you wouldn’t believe. You can really throw this sporty little number around.
The larger, heavier wheels and tyres on the FR Line impact on fuel consumption, taking at least 10% of the efficiency away depending on usage compared to the smaller-rimmed Miis below it. The FR isn’t blessed with low-rolling-resistance tyres, either, and the ride is a little firmer than in cheaper Miis.
Five speeds leave you wanting an extra cog on the motorway, but it’s geared pretty well for scratching through town, and the engine is flexible enough to be left in gear down to 1,000rpm or less, although the shift arrow on the instrument cluster’s red LCD display will have appeared by then.
Refinement around town is good. You can shift up early, keeping revs and noise down. The light clutch and forgiving steering are a joy in traffic, too. The turning circle is bettered by the pricier Renault Twingo and Smart ForFour twins, but it’s still a doddle to park.
Finally the Mii looks the part. In lower specifications it’s never quite looked as right as the Skoda and Volkswagen triplets built in the same factory, but with sporty, tasteful graphics along the sides and across the boot lid, a boot spoiler and the biggest wheels ever factory-fitted to a Mii, it comes to life. The sharp lines suddenly suit it so much better and the proportions seem that much more right.
Being a bit junior in the size stakes there isn’t a vast chasm of space inside, but it uses what it has very well. Clever packaging means four adults can sit comfortably, but the two cupholders have to be separated, fore and aft of the handbrake lever. It’s also worth noting the significant extra stretch backwards to grab the seat belts in the three-door.
The boot is a surprise, and as long as you’re happy lifting baggage over the deep boot lip then you can get loads in there. Break out your packing skills and you’ll be stunned at how much slots in before you need to lower the rear seats.
On the other hand, while the test car has cruise control for easier motorway slogs, it isn’t the best car for high-speed mile-munching. It’s short, wears low-profile tyres and there’s not as much soundproofing as there is in larger cars, so while it exceeds expectations and blows the small cars of yesteryear out of the water for refinement, it’s still not a relaxing car to cross counties in.
Young drivers searching for something that looks the business, isn’t expensive to run or insure and that has a bit of character will love this. Parents of new drivers will too, considering its five-star crash safety score. It’s also a great second car if you spec it with five doors, with enough room for a child seat and a phenomenal range of abilities for not much money. It’s pretty brilliant.
Engine: 1.0-litre petrol producing 74bhp and 94Nm
Transmission: Five-speed manual driving the front wheels
Performance: Top speed 106mph, 0-60mph in 13 seconds