New SEAT Mii in dealers

Tuesday, 3 April 2012 10:58 AM


The new SEAT Mii is the latest tiddler to join the ever-growing city car ranks, and it's on sale now, priced from £7,845


The city car market segment is hotting up with the VW up! already in dealers and the little Skoda also to come. Sharing the same chassis DNA as its city-ready cousins; the new Mii is now ready for buyers. Prices start at £7,845 OTR for the entry-level Mii S 3-door.

The slim and square SEAT Mii is all about maximised interior space with a wheelbase that is the joint longest in the class and very short front and rear overhangs, while a near-vertical tailgate and generous roofline offer rear passengers joint best-in-class headroom, and the boot is one of the largest in the segment, to boot.

Tucked up front is a 1-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine with an output of either 60PS or 75PS, and as petrol engines make up more than 98% of city car sales, there’ll be no (need) for a diesel engine option at initial launch. Such small and light cars wouldn’t enjoy a heavy diesel block up front, especially as the gains in economy wouldn’t be that great.

The little 3-pot petrol motor returns CO2 emissions from 105g/km, and with the addition of SEAT’s start/stop system and energy recovery CO2 output drops to just 96g/km. This Ecomotive model ducks road tax and the London congestion charge.

Now, these nippy motors are best enjoyed with a manual gearbox, but for those that diss the shifter, there’s a 75PS engine offered with a 5-speed automated-manual ‘box.

Trims-wise, the Mii range starts with the S (£7,845) and S A/C (£8,345) models. Standard equipment here includes black plastic door handles and mirrors, 14-inch steel wheels, an MP3-compatible CD player with auxiliary input and two speakers, speed-variable power steering, a height-adjustable steering wheel and a full complement of airbags.

Next up is the S A/C which gets the S features and air-conditioning. Both of these models are available with the 1-litre 60PS engine.

The Mii Ecomotive (£9,180) is the best of the bunch on economy and emissions with headline eco-figures of 96 g/km of CO2 and a quoted combined consumption figure of 67.3mpg. Inside the Mii Ecomotive are additions to the S A/C spec of electric front windows, body-coloured exterior plastics and wheel covers, remote central locking and a more flexible seating system.

Sitting above the Ecomotive model is the SE (£9,275 - £10,390) which enjoys 14-inch alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel, electric and heated door mirrors and interior dress-ups like a gloss white dashboard panel.

And finally, to cap off the Mii range, it’s the 1-litre 75PS Sport (£9,980). Added to the SE’s kit are front fog lights, dark tinted windows, 15-inch alloy wheels, a gloss grey dash panel, trim highlights and a darker upholstery design. Like the Ecomotive, the Sport runs on lower suspension set up for better eco-aero.

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