SEAT Mii electric (2020-2021) reliability & safety
The Mii electric's small size and spartan kit mean safety ratings aren't the best, but there should be little to go wrong
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assist|
|3 stars (2019)||81%||83%||55%|
While its relatively low Euro NCAP score and as-yet-unproven drivetrain might be a concern, it's not worth being put off the Mii electric. SEAT's VW connections mean you can be confident that a high level of engineering and troubleshooting has taken place ahead of the car going on sale to ensure its reliability, while our experience with previous SEAT products has been broadly positive. A decent showing in the Driver Power survey for its other models also bodes well.
SEAT Mii electric reliability & problems
We've no doubt that the Mii electric will be a reliable car; while neither it nor its conventionally powered sibling made it into the 2020 Driver Power survey, SEAT itself achieved a mid-table 14th-place finish out of 30 brands overall, with a 17.4% average share of owners reporting a fault with their cars. Build quality was rated averagely, but in our experience it's not too far behind that of Skoda and Volkswagen.
The Mii is one of the smaller cars on sale and as such can't quite match the impressive safety features and ratings of fully grown superminis. It makes a good effort at passive crash safety, however, with 81% and 83% scores for adult and child occupant safety respectively. A relative lack of active safety systems pulls the overall score down to three out of a possible five stars, however.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe SEAT Mii electric delivers a handy amount of range for a small city car, and is great value thanks to its low price
- 2Range, battery & chargingA relatively short range means the Mii electric is best suited to city work; snappy rapid charging is a nice touch
- 3Running costsThe Mii electric's recipe of light weight plus electric power makes it very affordable to run
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceThe Mii electric is pleasant to drive and zippy around town, but feels a little out of its depth at higher speeds
- 5Interior & comfortIt's not the biggest, but the Mii electric is a comfortable city car all the same
- 6Practicality & boot spacePracticality doesn't take much of a dent following the Mii's switch to electric power, but it's still a small car
- 7Reliability & safety - currently readingThe Mii electric's small size and spartan kit mean safety ratings aren't the best, but there should be little to go wrong
- 8Living with itIn theory, the tiny Mii Electric is the ideal city car for today, but what's it like to live with in reality? We ran one in London for a few months to find out...