SEAT Mii 2016 review

SEAT’s Mii is a spicy Spanish run-around that is almost impossible to beat on price. Re-invented with improved design features and a host of new technology, the new Mii would be an ideal candidate for students and first time drivers looking for practicality on a budget. However, there’s so much more with the new Mii. The car is built on the same platform as models such as the Volkswagen up!, but with a hint of Iberian colour and pizzazz.

So, with improvements made across the board, will the Mii become one of the top urban cars on the market?

Exterior

The Mii has been updated with design features first revealed on the most recent incarnations of SEAT’s Ibiza and Leon, confirming its youthful credentials with a trademark pursed grille, wide-eyed headlamps and offbeat zig-zag tail lights.

Available either as a three-door or five-door model (for convenient access to the rear seating), the Mii uses the same 3.5-meter chassis across all trim levels; from the basic S to limited edition Toca versions.

In between, there are the SE, Ecomotive and Sport trim levels. Our pick of the litter is the Sport and SE variants, as they will get you a lot more bang for your buck in terms of features. While the SE features enlarged 14-inch alloy wheels, the Sport includes even larger wheels, as well as a shiny silver motif across the cabin and lowered suspension.

Interior

Compared to similar cars within the same price range, the SEAT can boast a sleek and practical interior with simple, seamless features. A splash of colour from the exterior bodywork spills over to the side panelling, while the vents, steering wheel and dashboard have been arranged to give a gratifyingly symmetrical appeal. There’s even a host of extra styling packs (such as the Mii Mango) that allow drivers to customise their interior to match their personality.

Stepping up from the S to SE gives electric front windows, air conditioning and tinted windows as part of the package. Going up to the Toca will get you the SEAT Portable System – a combination of sat-nav and Bluetooth infotainment system (with call and audio streaming capabilities as well as a Micro SD slot), both controlled from a five-inch touchscreen on the dashboard above the central console.

Perhaps the biggest surprise with SEAT’s new Mii is the generous cabin space. Outstretching even the likes of the Fiat 500, the Mii’s level of practicality would be welcome even in cars with a larger chassis and price tag. Both the driver and passengers can sit in roomy comfort, with a raised ride height affording extra visibility without compromising on headroom.

There are large storage bins throughout the cabin, such as in the door and glove compartment, while the standard boot size of 251-litres is ample for almost any day-to-day eventuality. With rear-seat rearranging, this can be expanded to a mighty 951-litre capacity – almost double the Fiat 500. SEAT have also integrated a unique double-layered floor across the range, allowing drivers to choose between a flat loading bay and extra overall capacity. While the rear seats can be manoeuvred on all variants, the SE and higher trim levels will give you 60:40 split rear seats.

On the road

The Mii’s sensitive handling and visibility make it ideal for urban driving, while the cushioned ride and low levels of ambient sound also set it apart as a surprisingly satisfying motorway cruiser.

The whole range is powered by SEAT’s surprisingly nimble 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine. However, bhp is increased as you travel up the trim levels, with the S, Ecomotive and SE models generating 59bhp while the SE auto, Sport and Toca trim can crank up to 74bhp. The Mii’s engine has an unmistakeable sound, especially when revs are increased, with the 74bhp model charging from 0 – 62mph in 13.2 seconds (a feat that feels much greater in a car of this size).

The Mii can back this up with some impressive eco-credentials, as the 59bhp engine generates 62.8mpg with an emissions rate of 105g/km and the 75bhp model can achieve 60.1mpg at 108g/km. The undisputed environmental champion and cleanest ever Mii is the Ecomotive, which pumps out 68.9mpg and falls below the magic 100g/km barrier at just 96g/km.

Higher trim levels feature some additional tech to keep you safe on the roads, such as rear parking sensors on the Toca. However, even the basic S package has been signed off with a five-star NCAP crash test rating and 89% adult occupant protection rating, thanks to driver, passenger, side and curtain airbags, ABS and ISOFIX child seat fittings.

Verdict

The spacious cabin, fluid ride quality and great features of the Mii set it apart amongst cars of this size and price range. With so many customisation options, the inclusion of a host of new technologies and exceptionally low purchase and running costs, the new Mii is likely to go far in cornering the market for new drivers and those looking for a cost-effective driving solution.

For more information on the new Mii or any of our other new cars, contact the experts at your local Perrys dealership today!