What's the used Seat Mii hatchback like?
You can’t blame the Seat Mii for suffering with middle child syndrome. Sandwiched as it is between the high-achieving Volkswagen Up and the hard-working Skoda Citigo on a shared platform, it was always going to feel a little left out.
Fortunately, Seat gave the Mii an identity all 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 a 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 the 59bhp or 74bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engines, missing out on the Up’s 89bhp turbocharged unit, which is a shame. However, at least this means that the Mii is cheaper to buy and, in Ecomotive form, more economical.
While you’re waiting for the 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; so 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, which is perfect 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.
The standard S version of the Mii is perhaps 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 range was 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.
There are also a lot of special edition models out there, and we wouldn’t blame you for being tempted by them. The Toca version is particularly noteworthy, because it has rear parking sensors and a Garmin sat-nav system. Another popular edition is the Mii by Mango, which has rather nice part-leather, part-Alcantara seats and some interesting paint colours.
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