SEAT has not had a presence in the city car market since the days of the Arosa. Now though the Spanish car maker is back and is back with real drive in the guise of its latest challenger, the Mii.
Sharing its platform and parts with cousins, the Skoda Citigo and the Volkswagen Up, the SEAT is set to take the sector by storm. Priced competitively, the little SEAT Miiis loaded with kit and is an outstanding car for someone looking at a city car sized vehicle.
Pricing for the SEAT Mii currently ranges between just £8,060 and £11,000. This pricing range is cheaper than a lot of the Mii’s rivals such as the Ford Ka and the Fiat Panda.
When a car is made as one third of a trio sometimes it can be difficult to tell one from another. However, the little SEAT has a distinctive front grille design and larger headlights than the Volkswagen Up or the Skoda Citigo.
The Mii has a metal boot whereas the Up has a glass boot, little differences but these are important as it makes the Mii more recognisable when it’s on the road.
Three trims are offered on the Mii – ‘S’, ‘SE’ and ‘Sport’. Standard kit includes body coloured bumpers, daytime running lights, front and side head airbags and daytime running lights.
Other standard equipment includes passenger airbag disconnect and seatbelt reminders, MP3-compatible stereo radio/CD, electronic engine immobiliser and height adjustable steering wheel.
Options include a mobile five-inch screen that doubles up as the satellite navigation, hands-free phone system and on-board computer.
In 2013, SEAT launched a Mii Toca edition. This trim is identical to the SE version, however, it adds the mobile touch screen as standard.
When on the road, the car is refined and wind, tyre and road noise are well contained. Space is also very good and the cabin of the Mii can accommodate four adults in relative comfort.
Practicality is good too. With the seats in place, there is a load space of 251 litres while you can expand this by folding the rear bench extending the boot to 951 litres. That’s more than enough space for the weekly shop.
On the road
One engine is offered with two power outputs on the Mii line-up. The 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine comes with two power outputs.
SEAT offers are a low powered 59bhp unit or a high powered 73bhp unit. Both engines are brilliant for usage in town. On test we had the high powered 73bhp unit and it was perfect for nipping in and out of city centre traffic.
The Mii rides well and the suspension soaks bumps up really well. The chassis is well balanced and when driving enthusiastically the car has very little body roll.
The SEAT Mii is a real success story. Loaded with kit this SEAT will be a boon with first time drivers. The game has moved on from the days of the Arosa and SEAT have taken a major step forward with this little city car.