Used Seat Mii 2012-2019 review

Category: City car

Section: What is it like?

2012 - 2019 review
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What's the used Seat Mii hatchback like?

You can’t blame the Seat Mii for suffering from middle child syndrome. Sandwiched as it is between the high-achieving Volkswagen Up and the hard-working Skoda Citigo on shared underpinnings, it was always in danger of feeling a little left out.

Fortunately, Seat gave the Mii an identity all of its own by offering it in a number of trim levels and special editions, some of which have been created as part of collaborations with major fashion brands such as Cosmopolitan and Mango. The Mii, therefore, is the stylish one of the trio.

The Mii also manages to be really good fun to drive, if a bit slow. That’s because it's available only with 59bhp or 74bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engines, missing out on the Up’s 89bhp turbocharged unit, unfortunately. However, at least this means that the Mii is cheaper to buy than the Up and, in Ecomotive form, more economical. From 2019 onwards, the Mii could be had only as an nipply little electric car with 83bhp and an official range of 161 miles. 

While you’re waiting for the petrol Mii to get up to cruising speed, you’ll notice the ride is remarkably smooth. This is helped by the smaller wheels fitted to the majority of the range; as long as you stick to 15in or 16in wheels, ride quality shouldn’t be an issue.

What’s more, all the controls are a pleasure to use. The gearlever and clutch actions are smooth – ideal for low-speed manoeuvring. The steering manages to be precise and weights up nicely in corners when you get out of town onto faster roads, but it's still light for parking in tight spaces. In other words, the Mii always feels safe and surefooted, so you feel like it’s on your side at all times.

You still need substance and practicality in a small car, though, and it’s good news for the Mii on this front, too. You can fit four adults inside quite comfortably. The only problem is that in order to make passengers feel less squished, Seat had to limit the car to carry only two across the rear bench, whereas rivals such as the Hyundai i10 and Suzuki Celerio can take three.

Entry-level S trim is likely to be a bit too basic for most people, so we'd suggest you go for an SE to get air conditioning, 15in alloy wheels, electric front windows and mirror adjustment, 50/50-split folding rear seats and driver's seat height adjustment. From around 2016, the trims were altered to Design (essentially the same as SE but with added rear privacy glass) and FR-Line, which adds larger 16in alloy wheels, a flat-bottomed sports steering wheel, front foglights and firmer sports suspension.

We wouldn’t blame you for being tempted by one of the many special editions, either. The Toca version is particularly noteworthy, because it has rear parking sensors and a Garmin sat-nav system. Another popular model is the Mii by Mango, which has rather nice part-leather, part-Alcantara seats and some interesting paint colours. 

All versions of the Mii come with six airbags and two Isofix child seat mounting points on the rear bench. When the car was launched, it got a full five-star rating from Euro NCAP, making this a very safe city car. However, this was dropped down to just three stars in 2019 when the testing criteria was altered to include more autonomous safety technology that wasn't available on the Mii, penalising its overall score.

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