- Class-leading safety
- Fantastic driving experience
- Efficient engines
- Skoda Citigo is cheaper to buy
- Entry-level spec is basic
- Sluggish automatic gearboxr
Stylish, class-leading city car
Since its first introduction to the UK market in 2012, the Seat Mii has become a common sight in our cities. Designed to rival city cars such as the successful Toyota Aygo, the Mii exhibits a quality that is rare in this class. Based on the same platform, and built in the same factory as the Volkswagen Up!, and the Skoda Citigo, the Mii adds a Spanish flair that its two siblings lack. With an exceptional chassis, a high quality interior, and class-leading safety results, the Mii is up there with the best in the city car class. It might not have the badge prestige of the Up!, but it’s every bit as good as its German rival.
Class-leading quality, and plenty of practical storage space
One area where the Mii really excels is in its cabin. There’s high quality materials used throughout, and there’s enough boot space for day-to-day needs. You’ll get plenty of kit for your money as well.
Compared to its rivals, the cabin of the Mii is exceptionally well-built. Soft-touch plastics are a rarity for a car in this class, but the Mii feels impressively classy, making the Mii feel much more expensive than it actually is. Controls are also well-laid out, well-damped, and simple to use, so it shouldn’t take you long to acclimatise to the Mii. More expensive models come with attractive matching trims, which only add to the price-defying classiness.
One surprising element to the Mii Is the amount of boot space that you get. With 251 litres of boot space on board, there’s enough room for a small family shop, or even a small buggy. Compared to rivals such as the Peugeot 108, which only offers 196 litres of space, it’s positively ginormous, and even stacks up well to the much bigger Hyundai i10 (252 litres).
Equipment levels in the Mii are generous, so long as you avoid the entry-level trim. The cheapest is the S, which is pretty basic, and doesn’t even come with air-conditioning. The SE trim offers the best value in the range as it incorporates electric windows, air-con, alloy wheels, and electric mirrors- all basic essentials in a city car. Sport trim adds a detachable touchscreen infotainment system, which will be attractive to some buyers.
Overall the interior of the Mii is one of the best in the class. It’s stylish, well-made, and offers plenty of useable space. Entry-level Miis don’t come with a lot of kit, but upgrade to the slightly more expensive trims and you won’t feel short-changed.
City cars have always been engineered towards being both fun, and easy to drive around town. The Mii succeeds at being both of these with ease. There’s lots of grip, steering is light around town, and reassuringly solid even on fast A-roads, whilst still retaining accuracy in any situation. It really is a car that will leave you feeling confident, so you can truly enjoy the Miis fantastic handling.
Suspension and Chassis
One area that city cars sometimes fail in, is offering a comfortable ride, especially at speed. The Mii is arguably the most refined car in its class. The suspension is supple, and irons out town centre potholes with relative ease, as well as coping well with broken up B roads. Even on motorway journeys, the Mii performs well, with road and wind noise kept to a minimum. There’s also very little in the way of body roll. All of this combined makes the Mii an exceptional car to drive.
Gearbox options in the Mii come in two guises. The standard throughout the range is a five-speed manual transmission borrowed from Volkswagen, that’s both precise, and features a slick gearchange. An automatic option is also available with some models, though it can be a little bit sluggish when you want a quick burst of acceleration.
Two green, efficient 3-cylinder petrols
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Mii you’ve got the choice of two petrol-powered three-cylinder engines. Both perform well around town, though you might want to go for the more powerful unit if you find yourself out of town often.
As with most city cars, there isn’t a hot-hatch version of the Mii. The most powerful engine in the range is the 75bhp 1.0 litre petrol powered motor. It’s not going to break any land-speed records, but it’s nippy around town, and can cope with motorway journeys pretty well. It’s also a better option for most people over the lesser powered 60bhp option that’s impressive around town, but struggles at higher speeds.
Eco-friendly buyers will be pretty impressed with the engines in the Mii range. The greenest on offer is the 1.0 Ecomotive model, which produces just 95g/km of CO2 emissions. That’s not only great for the environment, it also comes with free road tax. This model is also the best option for money savers, as it can achieve up to 68.9mpg. You can save yourself plenty of money at the petrol pumps with this Mii, money which you can put towards life’s other essentials.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your Mii, you’re going to be impressed. Both petrols are nippy and responsive, and CO2 levels and fuel efficiency are class-leading no matter which engine you choose to go for. The Mii really is one of the best cars in its class.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, solid standard safety kit
Unlike most cars in its class, the Seat Mii easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating, with scores of 89% in adult safety, 80% in child safety, and 86% in safety assist. Compared to its rivals, the Mii wins hands down. In addition there’s driver's and front passenger’s airbags, stability control, and a tyre-pressure monitoring system as standard. A city emergency braking option is available as a sensibly priced optional extra on all models. The Mii is one of the safest city cars on the market.
Superb value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Seat Mii represents excellent value for money. All models in the range have low C02 emissions, with the majority of models featuring emissions low enough to avoid paying any road tax at all. Fuel efficiency is likewise impressive, with all models easily achieving over 62.8mpg. The Mii is a little more expensive to buy than its Skoda Citigo sibling, but it’s still noticeably cheaper than the Volkswagen Up!.
When it comes to insuring the Mii, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the value on offer. The cheapest model in the range is the 1.0 S, which has the lowest possible group 1 insurance. The most expensive model to insure is the range-topping limited edition 1.0 (75bhp) Mii by Mango, which finds itself in group 4. Whichever Mii you choose to go for, you won’t be paying any more than you would for an equivalent rival.
Depreciation after the first couple of years, is actually very impressive with the Mii. Like most cars though, the first couple of years can see rapid depreciation from list price, and what with the Mii being so well-built, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Seat Mii is one of the most impressive city cars on the market. It’s stylish looks, impressive interior, efficient engines, and fun driving experience, set it apart from the vast majority of its rivals. The Mii is also the safest car in its class, so buyers who want to keep both themselves, and their passengers, safe and sound, should look no further than the excellent Seat Mii.
Buying a used Seat Mii online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Seat Mii for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Mii. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Seat Mii online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Mii? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Mii, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used Seat Mii, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Carspring Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Seat to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.