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heycar review

      Launch year
      2012
      Body type
      City car
      Fuel type
      Petrol
heycar editorial team

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heycar editorial team

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heycar rating
Small, classy - a sensible buy

Best bits

  • Feels a cut above the class standard in terms of quality
  • Fun to drive and comfortable too
  • Inexpensive to run, holds its value pretty well too

Not so great

  • Weak automatic option
  • Not available with the 90PS turbo engine you can get in the Volkswagen Up
  • Strict four seater only

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Overall verdict

"The basic design of the Mii is simple and sensible. It’s as close to a squared-off box as you can get without it looking like a bus. At the rear that means a near-vertical tailgate, maximising interior space, with a long roofline and and short overhangs at each end."

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"You might not remember it but SEAT has a little bit of history in the city car market. Stretching all the way back to the 1980s, the Spanish firm has had an offering in this sector, spinning its own take off an existing car from its parent manufacturer. And so it continues with the Mii, introduced in 2012 and bearing a striking similarity to the Skoda Citigo and, more importantly, the Volkswagen Up.


This triumvirate of small cars were designed to offer maximum cabin space and a grown-up feel while still being easy to drive and cheap to run. 


The Mii shares its platform, mechanicals and interior with its sister cars, while the exterior silhouette is almost identical save for a few distinctive details. With three near-identical cars from different brands, the main things that distinguish them are price and specification, with the Volkswagen focussing on being semi-posh and the Skoda on value, the Mii went for the stylish approach.


Inside, the Mii keeps things simple and sensible. The windows are huge, letting in plenty of light and making the cabin feel airy, while the layout of the dashboard also emphasises the feeling of space. All the major controls are mounted centrally and high up by the driver, with a display screen sat on top. 


The instruments are also clear and attractive, with a handy trip computer in the bottom of the speedometer. It’s not luxurious, but what the Mii brings is a sense of quality, which avoids you feeling like you’ve simply bought the cheapest car you can afford.


The engine range is super-simple too. The basic Mii powerplant is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit, available in 60PS and 75PS forms. Both versions have the same 95Nm torque output, and while there isn’t a great deal to choose between them, the little extra puff of the 75PS unit is worth seeking out - there’s no penalty in terms of fuel consumption or emissions, so it makes sense to choose the stronger option. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard, with a straightforward, satisfying action when changing gears.


The rest of the driving experience is accomplished too, with a comfortable ride, light but direct steering and handling above the standard you’d expect from a car of this size and price. It’s another area where the Mii’s good breeding shows through.


The SEAT Mii is a very likeable car. It can do everything you could reasonably expect it to, and also never makes you feel like it’s a compromise over choosing something bigger.


The petrol engined SEAT Mii may no longer be on sale, but if you're after the EV version, you need our SEAT Mii Electric (2020-) review.



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SEAT Mii

1.0 Design Mii 3dr

  • 2017
  • 30,363 miles
  • Bristol Street Motors SEAT Derby
  • Derbyshire, DE248PU
Price:£5,690
PCP: £113.00/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £113.00, Customer Deposit: £853.00, Total Deposit: £853.50, Optional Final Payment: £1,849.00, Total Charge For Credit: £967.50, Total Amount Payable: £6,657.50, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.48%, Excess Mileage Charge: 4ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

SEAT Mii

1.0 Design Mii 5dr

  • 2018
  • 14,845 miles
  • Pentagon SEAT Oldham
  • Lancashire, OL81DB
Price:£6,450
PCP: £110.42/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £110.42, Customer Deposit: £967.00, Total Deposit: £967.50, Optional Final Payment: £2,678.50, Total Charge For Credit: £1,060.70, Total Amount Payable: £7,510.70, Representative APR: 8.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 4.37%, Excess Mileage Charge: 3.1ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the SEAT Mii right for you?

As is the way with almost every city car, the key factors determining if the Mii can fit in your life are the amount of space inside and the frequency of long journeys. 


As a first car it is a very appealing prospect if it falls within budget, and could even past muster as a small family car. The Mii is capable of long motorway journeys, but it’s not something you would want to do on a regular basis, just because the engine needs to be worked relatively hard to keep up.


The Mii compares favourably with its key rivals, although the Skoda Citigo tends to be a little bit cheaper and the Volkswagen Up has that stronger image, without having to pay much more either. If you need more space from your city car then the Hyundai i10 is probably your best bet.

What’s the best Mii model to choose?

There’s quite a few Mii models to choose from, but with only two engine options there isn’t much to think about there. The 60PS version is fine, but if you can get a 75PS model for similar money it makes life a little easier out of town. Skip the automatic gearbox if you can, as it suffers from yawning gearshifts that make it feel slower than it really is.


Skip the basic S trim as it is pretty short on equipment, and go for the Ecomotive or SE. Both have air con, remote locking and electric front windows as a minimum, while the SE gets some nice interior bits too. It’s also worth looking at the multitude of special editions that came out later in its life. Toca and I-TECH models get the touchscreen system as standard, while the Mii by Mango came in special colours and had fancy interior trim.

What other cars are similar to the SEAT Mii?

The Skoda Citigo and Volkswagen Up are about as similar as you can get, sharing the same interior and exterior, many of the same engine options and - unsurprisingly - drive in a similar way. When buying used it’s worth considering all three and choosing the best car within your budget.


The Peugeot 108, Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo triplets are all worth considering too, as they offer a similar low-cost but big value approach. They should cost a little less than the equivalent SEAT too. Another favourite in the city car sector is the Hyundai i10, which isn’t quite as nice to drive but is more spacious inside and is well-built. Similarly reliable is the Kia Picanto.


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