£9,470 - £11,320 Price range
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.
With VW’s almighty product development team behind it then, the Mii was destined to be pretty good. It is, too. Reviews are largely positive, with only a few minor problems…
Cheapest to buy: 1.0-litre 75hp FR line
Cheapest to run: 1.0-litre Ecomotive
Fastest model: 1.0-litre 75hp FR line
Most popular: 1.0-litre 75hp FR line
You guessed it, the Mii’s dash’ is broadly the same as the VW Up’s and Skoda Citigo’s. As such, it’s very easy to use and feels surprisingly solid for such a tiny, cheap car. There’s a healthy compliment of storage cubbies in the passenger cabin, and the boot is a healthy 250 Litres.
Getting heavier items over the high lip could prove tricky though. 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.
The Mii is at least as entertaining to drive as its Volkswagen Group siblings. 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.
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. Road tax will only be £20/year too, as the Miis emit just 106g/km and 108g/km respectively of CO2.
Of the reviews available, the majority are wholly complimentary. It’s allegedly very smooth, and possesses adequate torque (70lb ft) for nipping around town.
Unsurprisingly, the motorway isn’t its natural habitat. Some reviews point out that it’s “surprisingly refined” at a 70mph cruise, however the time it takes to arrive at that speed makes you question whether it was really worth it just trying. 0-60mph takes 14.4 seconds, likely more with the forthcoming optional automatic gearbox. Frequent motorway/fast A-road users should consider the 74bhp Mii.
Running costs are kept to a minimum thanks to a claimed 62mpg. Road tax will only be £20/year too, as the Mii emits just 106g/km of CO2. The Ecomotive version of the Mii, with its 59bhp, manages 68mpg.
Of the tests available, many question whether the additional 15bhp the most potent Mii enjoys over the 59bhp version is noticeable in the real world. After all, Mii buyers will be spending most of their time in towns and cities, so the 74bhp is really only worth the premium if you live in the country (and drive on fast-moving, hilly A/B roads frequently) or use motorways regularly.
Like the less powerful 1.0-litre, the 74bhp is smooth and refined until you work it hard. Even then, the three-cylinder thrum is a joy to listen to. You can listen regularly too, as the Mii’s so slow you can hoon around without fear of breaking the speed limit.
Running costs are kept to a minimum thanks to a claimed 60mpg. Road tax will only be £20/year too, as the Mii emits just 108g/km of CO2. Both figures are marginally more than the those of the lesser powered Mii, although the trade-off is a 0-60mph sprint of 13.2 seconds. 1.2 seconds faster.
Small but mighty – the Mii was awarded a five-star safety rating buy Euro NCAP. All models have four airbags and ABS is a standard fitting. All but the base model come with stability control as standard.
The Seat is rated as one of the very best cars in its class when it comes to child safety, although it only gets average praise for its pedestrian protection.
Many people are skeptical about the safety credentials of cars of the Mii’s size, but an awful lot of work has gone into making the Seat a very safe little car for its size.
The Mii won’t hold its value as well as its German cousin, largely thanks to the VW badge on the up. The Citigo is cheaper too, if you can live with the Skoda badge.
Equipment levels are decent on all but the base model. The innovative SEAT Portable Navigation system – which can also show you the car’s trip functions – comes in at less than £300.
Of the three cars in the stable, the Mii falls unsurprisingly in the middle for value. It looks a little more stylish than the other two and it has good levels of standard equipment, but the Skoda is cheaper and the VW has the name and the stronger residuals.
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.