SEAT Mii (2012 – 2019) Review
SEAT Mii (2012 – 2019) At A Glance
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.