SEAT Mii Road Test (2012)

SEAT Mii (Interior View) (2012)
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SEAT Mii Review

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Both this SEAT and its Skoda Citigo clone are in the same mould, and nothing wrong with that, these are all great little cars

Comfort and Refinement

With a three-cylinder engine under the bonnet of a pretty small car, you cannot expect limousine refinement of the Mii. But it is not at all noisy either. What sound you get from the engine working away under the bonnet is actually quite distinctive, sounding as only a busy little three-cylinder engine can. Your grandmother’s old sewing machine may well come to mind. On tickover you cannot help being quite aware of it, but once the engine warms up it smoothes out and settles down. We rather like the busy sound that a three-cylinder makes, but you should certainly experience it before deciding to buy one of these, as it is not everyone’s cup of tea.

Comfort is pretty ok for what is basically a small, economy model. The cabin is sensibly laid out, and has a bit of characterful design flair, although most of the dashboard surfaces are budget hard-touch.

Safety and Security

A five-star Euro NCAP rating tells you what you need to know. This may be a tiny budget car, but its safety provision is fairly top-notch for the price. Front airbags and front seatbelt pre-tensioners are standard kit. So is an anti-lock brake system and anti-skid ESP. Deadlocks and central locking ensure the car’s security, and its safety and security provision is recognised in the low insurance ratings across the range. Lower powered versions are group 1 insurance, and this three-door range-topper is group 2.

Infotainment

The car comes with a radio-CD player, and MP3 connectivity is standard, but if you want Bluetooth

to hook up your mobile phone or iPod, you will have to pay £275 for it as part of an add-on package. The audio unit’s sound quality is pretty fair, and it is nicely tailored into the dashboard. If you want satnav, a portable plug-in unit is your best solution and will add around £100 to the bill. On the options list are cruise control and rear parking sensors, which are pretty reasonable kit additions for a car this far down the size scale.

Rivals
  • Volkswagen up!
  • Skoda Citigo
  • Fiat Panda
  • Vauxhall Corsa
  • Ford Fiesta
  • Kia Picanto
What We Liked
  • Neat styling
  • Friendly driving manners
  • Low insurance
  • Roomy inside for its dimensions
  • Agreeable three-cylinder engine note
What We Disliked
  • Boot very small
  • Hard plastic surfaces in the cabin
  • Engine note grates on some ears
What We Would Like To See
  • A bit more boot space
  • More of them on the road
Conclusion

We are already fans of the Volkswagen up!, the first of the trio of VW Group baby cars to appear. Both this SEAT and its Skoda Citigo clone are in the same mould, and nothing wrong with that, these are all great little cars. Good value and well-packaged, the Mii is a likeable first buy for a young driver, second car in the family, or solo transport for a budget-conscious singleton. Well-designed, well-made and likeable to drive.

5 December 2012 Sue Baker
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SEAT Mii Road Test Data
Model ReviewedSEAT Mii 1.0 75 Sport
  
Body Type5-door Hatchback
ColourTribu
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph13.2 Seconds
Top Speed 106 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypePetrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban47.9 mpg
Extra Urban70.6 mpg
Combined60.1 mpg
  
Insurance Group2
Euro NCAP Rating5-Star
Warranty3 Years / 60,000
Price (when tested on the 05/12/12)£10,080

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