Mii too... SEAT set to take on ri­val city slick­ers

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - ROAD TEST - SEAT MII Keith Ward

THIS Mii (pro­nounced “me”) city car is SEAT’s ver­sion of the award-win­ning, neari­den­ti­cal triplets from the Volk­swa­gen group. It stands along­side the VW up! and Skoda Cit­igo.

Prices of all three start at un­der £8,000, but that is for pretty ba­sic, three-door ver­sions.

The SEAT comes in a 12-strong range, with a choice of just two petrol en­gines

Our five-door Mii, listed at nearly £11,000, had the more pow­er­ful 75 bhp edi­tion of the re­mark­able lit­tle three­cylin­der, 999cc unit. On a fairly level mo­tor­way it would bowl along at 70 mph, pulling its op­ti­mum 3,000 rpm smoothly, and qui­etly enough to al­low nor­mal con­ver­sa­tion.

And in a week’s mixed mo­tor­ing it re­turned over 50 mpg, record­ing near 60 mpg on the open road.

It also had the sec­ond-top of the four trims. An SE bags you al­loy wheels, leather trimmed steer­ing wheel, chrome sur­rounds to the di­als and vents, a gloss white dash­board panel and heated elec­tric door mir­rors.

City car does not have to mean skimpy car. On top of all that, the test car came fit­ted with over £1,000-worth of op­tional ex­tras, no­tably touch-screen sat-nav, via a neat, de­tach­able pod atop the dash. A so-called Con­ve­nience Pack com­prises front fogs, rear park­ing sen­sors and – in­valu­able in avoid­ing speed­ing fines – cruise con­trol.

Also Safety As­sist – which ap­plies the brakes if its looka­head laser de­tects you are get­ting too close to the ve­hi­cle in front of you.

All th­ese add-ons brought the to­tal price to nearly £12,000. At this sort of money the city run­about sud­denly morphs into a lit­tle city slick­ers. Me, too, in­sists the Mii.

The most news­wor­thy fea­ture of the test car was two-pedal mo­tor­ing via its new light­weight au­to­mated man­ual gear­box, avail­able only with this 74 bhp en­gine and SE trim. It does away with a con­ven­tional clutch, em­ploy­ing in­stead an elec­tric mo­tor linked to a pair of electro­mechan­i­cal ac­tu­a­tors to han­dle gear changes. It s smaller and lighter than a tra­di­tional au­to­matic trans­mis­sion

There’s lit­tle penalty in per­for­mance: 0-62 mph takes 13.9 sec­onds, op­posed to 13.2 with the five-speed man­ual, and even mar­ginal ben­e­fits in mpg and CO2 emis­sions.

How to de­cide be­tween the up!, Cit­igo and SEAT? An­swer: Very care­fully. In broad terms, the VW (from £7,995) looks best and re­tains best sec­ond hand value; the Skoda (from £7,630) as a brand boasts con­sis­tently best re­li­a­bil­ity in owner-sur­veys and SEAT (from £7,925) fre­quently of­fer at­trac­tive pur­chase deals.

HOT SEAT: SEAT’s Mii ri­vals the city cars from Volk­swa­gen and Skoda.

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