Seat Mii Review
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Seat Mii Tested November 2011
Recommended A Spanish-German joint venture that produces a car that's both emotional and precision engineered. It faces tough competition from both the Volkswagen Up and Skoda Citigo, but is it different enough to steal sales from them? Read our SEAT Mii review and decide.
If you want a new small car for shopping or taxiing the kids from A-B, that's safe, cheap to buy, easy to run and still be capacious enough for lots of stuff, then the SEAT Mii might just tick all the boxes.
In our SEAT Mii review we can report that the interior is pretty roomy with easily more space in the front footwells than a Ford Focus. In the back there's plenty of space, as long as your driver isn't 7ft tall, and the seats are pretty comfy as well. Keeping that in mind, when you look at the Mii's front seats they don't look like much, but are incredibly supportive. The room is complimented by unbelievable visibility - the side windows are huge and the rear window seems larger than most bigger hatches.
Don't expect a 'luxury' interior for your money. Body-coloured paint extends inside, the dash comes with a variety of trim flavours: cheap and nasty for the S, glossy and smooth for the SE and shiny white for the Sport model.
You can have pretty much any gadget you want in there, too. The highlight is the SEAT Portable Navigation system that runs your MP3 player, phone and navigation from its dash mount. You can detach it and hide it away when you reach your destination, too, although it is slow to respond at times.
Luggage space isn't a problem thanks to the Mii's smart split-level boot. You can either have a shallow boot with a cubbyhole below, or a gap capable of fitting two weekend suitcases with ease. There's 251-litres of space in there, more than some larger rivals. Very impressive.
Being a city car first and foremost means the Mii comes with two engines, both of which are tiny. Well, it comes with one engine in two states of tune - 60 & 75PS respectively.
Neither is going to startle you on the 0-62mph dash, and why should they?
The Mii's job is to get you around town as best it can and that means you don't need rip-roaring performance. Thankfully, both come with low CO2 outputs - 105 and 108g/km. This means low road tax. Combine that with light weight and you end up with wallet-friendly fuel consumption, too. And the sound of the three cylinders will be music to your ears.
Handling is pretty good too, we found in our SEAT Mii road test. Yes, the suspension is a touch wobbly, but that's to be expected from a city car. The pedals are pretty light, too, though the clutch can feel a touch too floaty. All in all, the Mii is a cracking little car. Is it better than the VW Up and the Skoda Citigo? It's pretty much the same - you'll buy this for the badge and its low price (it'll start from £7,500 from launch).
Next: ratings and breakdown
1 Loads of space
2 Revvy little engines
3 Impressive visibility
We don't like:
1 Cheap plastics (on entry models)
2 Floaty clutch
3 The name - didn't Nintendo get there first?
Best: 1.0 75PS Sport (In yellow)
Most fun: 1.0 75PS Sport (In yellow)
Worst: 1.0 60PS S