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Seat Mii (2012-)

Overall Rating

4 stars

In the crowded market place of the small city car SEAT have launched the Mii at a surprisingly competitive price for the quality of this fun, city run-around.

For
  • Competitive pricing
  • Fun to drive
  • Inside feels spacious
Against
  • Brand awareness
  • MPG and CO2 is better amongst competitors
  • Basic level is lacking in equipment
Road Test

A square side profile and a near-vertical tailgate mean that rear passengers enjoy a bit more headroom, whilst not compromising boot space. Available initially as a three-door followed by a five-door. The five-door, offers even greater functionality with the rear doors havinbg a wide opening. Small children can be fastened into their child seats with ease, shopping bags can be simply stowed behind the front seats and, with their compact dimensions, the rear doors also enable easy entry and exit even in tight parking spaces. The especially large area of the rear side windows ensures great all-round visibility, while the pop-out function delivers ventilation combined with a high degree of safety for children travelling in the rear. Trim levels - S and S A/C derivatives. Entry level S Some has black plastic door handles and mirrors, and the 14-inch steel wheels come without covers, an MP3-compatible CD player with AUX-in port, two speakers and preparation for the SEAT Portable System, speed-variable power steering, a height-adjustable steering wheel and a full complement of airbags. The S A/C, unsurprisingly sees the addition of air conditioning as standard. Both this, and the S are available with the 1.0 60 PS powerplant. The 'green' version is the Mii Ecomotive, with the 1.0 60 PS manual powerplant and a start/stop system and energy recovery. Providing CO2 emissions of around 96 g/km make it Road Tax and London Congestion Charge-exempt, while the combined consumption figure of 67.3 mpg. The Mii Ecomotive adds electric front windows, body-coloured exterior plastics and wheel covers, along with remote central locking and more flexible seating over and above the S A/C trim. Sitting just above the Ecomotive model in the range is the SE with 14-inch alloy wheels as standard, along with a more premium-feeling leather steering wheel, electric and heated door mirrors and chic interior styling details including a gloss white dashboard panel. The flagship model is the Sport 1.0-litre 75 PS with the same equipment as the SE plus front fog lights, dark tinted windows and larger 15-inch alloy wheels. Inside there?s a gloss grey dash panel, trim highlights and a darker upholstery design. Like the Ecomotive, the Sport runs on lower suspension settings for increased aerodynamic performance and even crisper handling. Under the bonnet is a 1.0-litre, three cylinder, MPI (multi-point injection) petrol engine with an output of either 60 PS or 75 PS. SEAT?s compact, lightweight engine delivers competitive CO2 emissions as low as 105 g/km as is, but the addition of SEAT?s start/stop system and energy recovery drops emissions to just 96 g/km. This setup, in the Ecomotive derivative, allows drivers to avoid annual road tax (under current VED bandings) as well as the London Congestion Charge. The 1.0 75 PS engine available in combination with a five-speed automated manual; simple and lighter than a DSG system. The same engines are available in both three-door and five-door.

Need To Know

Best Models: Ecomotive

Worst Models: S is very basic on equipment but price reflects


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Seat Mii (2012-)
Star Ratings

Handling

3 stars

Comfort

3 stars

Quality & Reliability

4 stars

Performance

4 stars

Roominess

3 stars

Running Costs

4 stars

Value for Money

4 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

3 stars
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