The Seat Mii is much smaller than Seat’s current smallest model, the Seat Ibiza, and is being prepared to take on the likes of the Fiat 500 in the popular premium small car market.
However, the Mii will cost just £7,500 despite its Volkswagen roots and sporty appearance as competition in the lucrative small car market steps up.
The Seat Mii will be launched midway through 2012 and uses Volkswagen’s upcoming VW Up as a base. The Mii differs from its sister car with some Spanish styling including a tweaked front end, sporty bumpers and an uncluttered interior.
It will also come with the usual bright and breezy colours associated with Seat and a level of equipment previously not seen on a car priced under £8,000.
Alloy wheels, an MP3 player, air conditioning and seven airbags are all standard on the Mii, which is aimed as a more stylish alternative to the almost-identical Skoda Citigo but at a lower price than the VW Up.
It does, however, share an engine with the other two new cars in the shape of a 1.0-litre petrol engine. The engine is designed for city driving and comes with a five-speed manual gearbox. An automatic version is expected to be added to the range at a later date.
The engine delivers 74bhp and a 0-62mph sprint time of 13.2 seconds and upwards of 60mpg on the combined cycle.
Customers looking for even lower driving costs will have the choice of two sub-100g/km (and therefore free from road tax) diesel Ecomotive engines some time after launch.
Seat is expanding its Seat UK dealerships to cope with expected demand for the new Seat Mii, which UK national franchise manager for Seat, Jason Cranswich, has described as offering a ‘highly desirable yet extremely affordable new model line-up’.