SEATs little Mii
SMALL cars are in big demand and I recently discovered that SEAT’s Mii is perfect for the city traveller – and doesn’t disappoint out on the motorway either.
It’s the same car underneath as VW’s Up and Citroen’s Citigo with a few exterior changes around the headlights and grille and rear end as well as different interior choices.
So it’s very much a case of choosing which badge you prefer on the front and checking out the prices when you decide which one of this trio you want.
The cars share the same engine line-up – super three-cylinder 1-litre petrol units with a choice of 59 or 74bhp outputs.
I sampled the more powerful of the two and it provided punchy acceleration through a nice, slick five-speed manual gearbox.
The test car was a five-door Sport which featured a sport suspension that was firm enough without making you feel every bump on the road.
It did add to the car’s agility while cornering at speed and helped to provide some fun driving.
This model wasn’t super fast by any means but it was quick enough to enjoy and a lot nippier than the zero to 62mph time 13.2 seconds might suggest.
At 3.56 metres in length, parking in tight spaces wasn’t a problem while ride comfort was impressive in busy traffic and out in the open.
There wasn’t too much wind or engine noise either while sitting at motorway speeds in this model which has a top speed of 106mph.
It also scores high marks for economy with fuel consumption of 47.9mpg urban, 60.1mpg combined and 70.6mpg extra urban with a low CO2 emissions figure of 108g/km.
The Mii is much more spacious than you would imagine, roomy enough up front for driver and passenger and the rear seats are adequate for two adults.
You’ll get a fair amount of shopping in the 252-litre boot which extends to 951 litres with the rear seats folded.
Prices start at just £7,925 (three door) and £8,275 (five door) and standard equipment levels are high on all models.
On the entry S this includes MP3-compatible CD player with AUX-in, height-adjustable steering wheel, speed-sensitive power steering, 14-inch steel wheels, emergency tyre repair kit, door handles and mirrors in black plastic, body-coloured bumpers, 12v socket in centre console and daytime running lights.
There are also some high-tech features available which include the SEAT Portable System, which combines satellite-navigation, Bluetooth phone connectivity, an on-board computer and audio playback via SD card all in one convenient removable unit. A five-inch touch screen, online updates and downloadable apps increase its functionality still further.
The City Safety Assist is a sensible £200 option which applies the brakes automatically in the event of a potential frontal collision.
The SEAT Mii is a little car that has lots to offer – with driving enjoyment high on its list of appealing features.