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SEAT Mii electric review

The SEAT Mii electric delivers a handy amount of range for a small city car, and is great value thanks to its low price

SEAT Mii electric
Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Keenly priced
  • Comfortable
  • Handles well

Cons

  • Small boot
  • Cramped on long journeys
  • No touchscreen infotainment
Car typeElectric rangeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
Electric160 miles4hrs (0-80%, 7.2kW)1hr (0-80%, 40kW)

The SEAT Mii started life as a small petrol car – along with its Volkswagen e-up! and Skoda Citigo siblings. The Mii makes use of a 36.8kWh battery good for 161 miles of range from a single charge. Power comes from an 82bhp electric motor turning the front wheels.

The SEAT is cheaper than the VW e-up, as it costs under £20,000 after the the government’s plug-in car grant of £2,500 has been applied. Granted, the purchase cost puts the Mii electric on par with a high-spec petrol hatchback, but it’s also one of the cheapest electric cars on sale.

The Mii electric is aimed at owners who predominantly drive in an urban environment: it's small, best enjoyed at lower speeds and – while more expensive than a petrol version – much cheaper to run.

The promise of low running costs will make a persuasive case for the SEAT’s city-dwelling target market, as will the finance on offer: PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) buyers could see monthly repayments of £199 with a reasonable deposit. For the first 300 customers, too, SEAT promised to throw in a free wallbox charger, a three-pin charging cable, three years of servicing and three years’ breakdown cover to boot.

And if all this appeals, potential owners should take comfort in the fact that SEAT finished in the top half of the 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, with particularly high scores for handling and running costs. While SEAT fell short of Skoda’s impressive fifth-place finish, it beat sister brands Volkswagen and Audi.

All in all, the SEAT Mii electric is terrific value, but the existence of the cheaper and broadly similar Citigo means it's worth considering if you need the extra kit the SEAT adds. And make sure you can live with its shortcomings; it shouldn't be your first choice for motorway work, for example.

It feels right at home zipping through city traffic on a daily commute or weekly shopping run, and while it can hold its own on faster roads, range plummets and its usefulness diminishes. As a comfortable, peppy companion around town, however, the SEAT Mii electric makes a lot of sense.

For a more detailed look at the SEAT Mii electric, read on for the rest of our in-depth review.

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