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