The Mii is at least as entertaining to drive as its Volkswagen Group siblings.
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.
The Mii is great fun to drive even though the engine choice is limited
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.