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2014 Seat Mii Hatchback Review

This version of the Seat Mii is a joy to drive, economical to run and built well. It is almost a carbon copy of the VW Up, only much cheaper. Known for their flair with Latin inspired design, it is a disappointment to discover that the Mii is quite plain to look at. Except for the design on the exterior, it is quite similar to the Citigo by Skoda, which is also cheaper.

There are two engines choices available for the Mii. Both are 3 cylinder,1.0 litre petrol engines that can be purchased with either 59bhp, or 74bhp. The 59bhp works great for slower city driving but if you plan on venturing often on to higher-speed roadways, the 74hp would be your best choice for stronger engine performance.

The Mii is very impressive in the way that it handles while driving. Gear changes are quick, and the steering is responsive. There is good body control along with a comfortable ride.

Very quiet when run at lower speeds, the Mii can get loud at high speeds for a 3-cylinder engine. Wind and road noise are also audible within the cabin, although it rates better than other comparable city cars.

The Seat Mii sits quite financially comparable with other similar cars in its class. The Fiat Panda is a close equivalent and the Mii is cheaper to purchase. It should also be cheaper to run.

The Mii is as well made as VW cars generally are. Off-putting is the overly plastic appearance, which brings down the look and feel of quality. Highlights of chrome and glossy tops in the Sport and SE give those models an interior that looks much more appealing. The Mii did not make a showing in the recent survey by JD Power, as it was too new, but overall, Seat was named fourth out of twenty-eight manufacturers.

Euro NCAP gave the Mii an 89% rating for safety of adults. It was also among the best in its class for child safety at 80%, but had only an average rating for pedestrian protection at 46%. All models include four airbags, and all have stability control, except for the S model. There is an optional safety assistance braking system for collision avoidance at low speeds, and Thatcham gave the Mii four out of 5 stars for its drive-away theft resistance.

The dashboard is simple, not fussy, and all controls are well marked and have logical placement. Seat position is good, but the steering wheel adjusts only for height, not for reach.

For those of average height, there is tons of room in this cabin for four adults. The boot is roomy although it does have a high lip, and the rear seats drop simply to provide extra space.

The basic S model has four airbags and an MP3 point. The Ecomotive adds remote locks, power windows, stability control, air-con and a height-adjustable seat for the driver. The SE has leather trim and alloys. The top Sports model has fog lights in the front and sports suspension.

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