Seat Mii cheaper than Volkswagen UpMii pricing and specification revealed
13 April 2012Priced from £7,845, the Seat Mii undercuts the mechanically-similar Volkswagen Up, which starts at £7,995. Is there a catch?
Five trim options for Mii
The Seat Mii is available in five trim levels: S, S A/C, EcoMotive, SE and Sport. All but the last of these is available with a 59bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine only.
The equipment you get with the entry-level S is basic, so we think the S A/C trim (with air-con) is a better choice. Starting at £8,345, it looks like good value considering you’d need to pay at least £8,970 to get a VW Up with air-con.
Good value going green?
EcoMotive is Seat’s green spec, and this version features stop-start and an energy recovery system. This is enough to make it exempt from car tax (VED), although even regular Mii models will only set you back £20 a year.
Given that the EcoMotive costs £9,180 and the SE £9,275, you may consider the slight premium and minor reduction in efficiency a small price to pay for a more comprehensive list of standard equipment.
SE includes 14-inch alloy wheels, heated electric mirrors and a more upmarket interior.
No standard sat nav on Mii Sport
Finally, the Mii Sport is priced from £9,980. This version gets a more powerful 74bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine, lowered suspension, front fog lights and 15-inch alloy wheels.
However, unlike the top-spec VW Up, which includes a portable sat nav unit as standard, Mii buyers will have to pay a further £275 for Seat’s ‘Portable System’.
On the other hand, the VW is priced from £10,390 – £510 more than the Seat.