SEAT Mii (2012 – 2019) Review

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SEAT Mii (2012 – 2019) At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
As well as being affordable and cheap to run, the Mii is also enjoyable to drive and comfortable too. It feels solid and surprisingly refined for such a small car - in fact from behind the wheel it's easy to think you're in a larger hatchback.

+A quality product, low running costs, decent level of refinement, zesty little engine, easy to drive.

-Feels a bit elderly now, poor automatic gearbox option, in-house rivals offer more.

Insurance Groups are between 1–4
On average it achieves 87% of the official MPG figure

The SEAT Mii is the Spanish firm’s city car contender, introduced alongside the Volkswagen Up and Skoda Citigo sister cars and designed to compete in the fierce city car sector alongside such heavyweights as the Toyota Aygo, Hyundai i10, Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108. First introduced in 2012, the Mii and its Volkswagen Group siblings were something of a revelation, bringing a level of quality and maturity that hadn’t been seen before in budget city cars. Since then the opposition has caught up, and since 2019 the Mii has been sold new only as an all-electric vehicle.

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The SEAT Mii is one of a trio of cars - it's the sister model to the Volkswagen Up and Skoda Citigo - and at just 3.5 metres long this little hatchback is designed as an affordable car that's ideal for urban driving. While it's unmistakably based on the Up, SEAT has tried to give the Mii its own identity with a different look including more angular headlights and a revised rear tailgate.

Everything under the skin is the same however with an identical engine line-up. Power comes from a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine that's available in two versions - one with 60PS and a more powerful 75PS.

Both are sprightly at low speeds while the Mii will happily keep up with motorway traffic, but given the fuel consumption difference between the two is negligible you might as well go for the more powerful version and enjoy the extra performance on the motorway.

The big advantage the Mii has is fuel economy. The cleanest model is the Mii Ecomotive which can return a claimed 67.3mpg and emits just 97g/km of CO2.

Despite its diminutive size, the little SEAT is surprisingly practical with reasonable room for adults in the back and a decent boot too. Early models were three-door only but a more useful five-door was added to the line-up later in 2012. If you’re only flying solo or with a partner then the three-door is arguably better looking, but the extra pair of doors is worthwhile if you plan to use the back seats frequently.

As well as the engine options, you can choose between the standard manual gearbox or an optional automatic. We’d strongly recommend you give the latter a big swerve; despite it being talked up by SEAT it’s very much a yawning chasm between gear changes that makes the Mii feel slower than it really is. Even if you’re always going to be in the city, stick with the manual.

The interior is good too, and although there’s not a great deal of it, what is there looks smart and is pleasant to use too.

It's well built and neatly designed with plenty of room and good stowage. If you're after a stylish and affordable small hatch then the Mii could fit the bill perfectly, although you may want to look at the Skoda Citigo and Volkswagen Up before you sign on the dotted line. The former is frequently cheaper and better-specified while the latter looks smarter and holds on to its value a little better too.

Ask Honest John

What's the best small car on a £4500 budget?
"I want to buy a used car and have a budget of £4.5k. Can you suggest a reliable, economical small car with three doors? Boot size is not important. I have been considering an Aygo or a Volkswagen Up but is it best to look for a car with low mileage or the newest car for my budget?"
The Volkswagen Up is a really good car but not without its faults, unfortunately: If this doesn't concern you, also consider the SEAT Mii and Skoda Citigo - they're essentially the same car but a little cheaper. The Aygo isn't without its issues, either, and feels flimsier than the Up. I'd look for a Kia Picanto - it has fewer problems and is a great little car. I'd prioritise condition and service history over mileage or age, but there's no reason why you can't tick all the boxes with a £4500 budget.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What vehicle would you recommend for short city journeys?
"What vehicle would you recommend for short city journeys?"
The Hyundai i10 represents excellent value for money and is easy to drive around town, while also being cheap to run. Also look at the Volkswagen Up or the very similar Skoda Citigo and SEAT Mii.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Which cars are cheapest to insure for a reformed drink driver?
"Which cars are cheapest to insure for a reformed drink driver?"
You would need to look at ones with the lowest insurance group rating and smallest engine size:
Answered by Tim Kelly
Which cars would you recommend for young drivers?
"Which cars would you recommend for young drivers?"
Low powered ones like the Vauxhall Viva, Ford Ka+, Suzuki Celerio, Kia Picanto, Hyundai i10, Volkswagen Up, SEAT Mii, Skoda Citigo, Toyota Aygo, Citroen C1, Peugeot 108 - all 1.0-litre except for the Ka+ which is 1.2.
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