2016 Seat Mii by Mango Limited Edition review
Seat has collaborated with design label Mango to create the fashion-focused limited edition Mii city car. We've driven it on UK roads for the first time...
However, Seat has stolen a march on its group rivals by linking up with Spanish fashion label Mango to offer a fashion branded model, the Mii by Mango Limited Edition. It’s limited to a production of just 125 cars.
Naturally, it comes with plenty of Mango badges, but beyond that the Mii is differentiated by its Oryx white paint finish, LED daytime running lights, unique 15in alloy wheels with purple highlights and purple coloured wing mirror housings.
The theme continues inside with purple detailing on the seats and gear level and a purple panel across the dash. To complete to catwalk look, each car also comes with a Mango handbag and purple wool scarf.
What’s the Seat Mii by Mango Limited Edition like to drive?
The main elements of the Mii are carried over from the existing models, which is actually no bad thing, as we like the Mii.
It has a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, which develops 74bhp and performs well, developing a raspy exhaust note under harder acceleration, which is a delight.
It only feels a little underpowered over particulalry hilly terrain, despite the Mii’s relatively light 929kg kerb weight. You need to work the engine hard to get the best out of it, so expect to make regular downshifts. However, the slick five-speed gearbox makes life easier; it has a short throw and is easy to use.
Get to a corner and the Mii really excels within its class. It has very little body roll, turns in sharply and the steering is accurate and well-weighted. Around town the steering is light and the Mii is nimble enough to zip through traffic. The ride is a little firm but never uncomfortable. Over larger crests, the Mii can be wallowy and it can fidget over harsher surfaces, though.
There’s little to cause a fluster in the cabin when driving around town, but as speeds rise on the motorways, wind and road noise are both prevalent, although not enough for you to have to overly raise your voice to hold a conversation.
What’s the Seat Mii by Mango Limited Edition like inside?
On the whole, the Mii's interior remains simple and easy to use, if starting to show its age a little. There is manual air conditioning and a dash mounted removable sat-nav by Garmin, which features additional car controls.
Head and shoulder room is good, which helps promote the feeling of spaciousness for front seat passengers. The driver’s seat is well-sized, supportive and adjusts for height. Although the steering wheel only adjusts for rake, it’s easy enough to get comfortable. You sit a little high-up, but when combining this with large windows and small pillars, the visibility is excellent.
The Mii has four doors that open to a near 90-degree angle, so access to the rear is excellent. However, once in, you'll find there's little knee room for adults, although there is sufficient head room.
The lip into the boot is rather high, but the Mii’s boot has a generous 251-litre capacity. Its opening is letter box shaped, wide but rather narrow, so you’ll get only one suitcase in, but it'll cope with the weekly shop.
Should I buy one?
The Seat Mii remains an excellent car. It’s roomy up front, drives well and is cheap to buy and run. Its 1.0-litre petrol engine offically claims 61.4mpg and emits just 106g/km of CO2, meaning it falls into the 18% banding for company car tax.
Unless you're a serious fan of the Mango brand, however, we find it hard to recommend that you spend extra money on the Mango limited edition. Cheaper Mii models offer better value for money and are just as accomplished.
Matthew Griffiths*What Car? says...**
Rated 3 out of 5*Rivals**
Fiat 500*Seat Mii by Mango Limited Edition **
Engine size 1.0 litre petrol
Price from £11,995
Torque 70lb ft
0-62mph 13.2 seconds
Top speed 106mph
Fuel economy 61.4mpg