SEAT Mii review
With VW’s almighty product development team behind it, the Mii was destined to be pretty good. It is, too.
What's not so good
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You’ve probably already had this drilled into you by a long line of dealers, websites and Youtube videos, but we’ll repeat it once more for those of you who weren’t paying attention. The SEAT Mii, Volkswagen Up and Skoda Citigo are the same car – the only differences being minor exterior and interior detailing. They’re mechanically identical.
The Mii is a great alternative to the more expensive VW Up
The Mii is a competent little car, although, alongside the more premium Up And cheaper Citigo, the only reason to go for the Mii is its looks. The combination of German engineering and Spanish styling makes for an interestingly refreshing car that doesn’t let itself down in any particular area. Although there’s no killer blow delivered by the Mii to the competition in any specific area, there’s nothing seriously wrong about it to put potential buyers off either.
The Mii may have tiny proportions, but it’s been cleverly designed to maximise space. There’s enough room in the back for most adults, and even a deep boot behind the seats that’s bigger than it looks
It’s amazing that something this small can feel so large inside!
Smaller cars tend to make the tallest of drivers look like clowns, with their knees around their ears. Not so with the Mii – the driving position is comfortable and boasts a good range of adjustment. The basic position for the driver is good, but it’s a bit of a shame that the steering wheel doesn’t adjust for reach as well as height.
What will be more surprising is just how much room there is in the back: enough for a couple of adults. Naturally, the five-door models make it much easier for rear-seat passengers to get in and out, but the amount of space you get back there is the same, no matter how many doors your car has.
Again, it’s something of a surprise to see just how practical the Mii is. In fact, there’s a healthy compliment of storage cubbies dotted around the cabin, including spaces where you can stash you phone, a wallet or even a bottle of water.
Given this is a small car, the boot capacity of 250 litres is pretty impressive, although getting heavier items over the high lip could prove tricky. No matter which model you buy, you can extend that space by folding down the rear seats; and, on every model except the most basic one, they’re split 60/40.
The Mii is at least as entertaining to drive as its Volkswagen Group siblings.
The Mii is great fun to drive even though the engine choice is limited
Two engines are available. Okay, two variant of the same engine are available – both 1.0-litres with three cylinders – one with 59bhp and the other with 74. Of the reviews available for the 59bhp, the majority are wholly complimentary. It’s allegedly very smooth, and possesses adequate torque (70lb ft) for nipping around town.
If you do a lot of motorway driving, or live in the country and frequent hilly, fast B-roads, you’ll need the 74bhp version though. It’s essentially the same as the 59bhp, and shares its attributes, but trims a second from the 0-60mph time (14.4 vs 13.2). Running costs are kept to a minimum thanks to a claimed 62mpg for the 59bhp, and 60 for the 74. The Miis emit just 106g/km and 108g/km respectively of CO2.
The steering is light enough around town, but sharp and responsive enough when the roads get twisty. The ride is surprisingly smooth for something with such a short wheelbase (listen up Smart…) and body roll is well contained. The five-speed manual ‘box is quick and precise, which is handy as it’s the only choice until they release an auto’. The story’s less rosy on the motorway, where driving the lesser-powered Mii is a chore. Being so small, there’s little room for sound deadening, so wind and road noise is pretty intrusive. The Mii isn’t quite a Toyota GT86 when it comes to the overall driving experience, but few cars in its class perform better.
You guessed it, the Mii’s dash’ is broadly the same as the VW Up’s and Skoda Citigo’s.