The SEAT Mii Electric is a small city car-class hatchback, which (as its name suggests) is powered by an electric motor rather than a petrol engine. It was launched in the UK in late 2019 with the first cars arriving in early 2020.
The Mii Electric is an electric version of the original petrol SEAT Mii, which had been around since 2012 and was taken off sale in early 2019. So although it may have been launched in 2019, it was far from an all-new model. The Mii Electric is basically the same vehicle as the Volkswagen e-Up and Skoda Citigo e iV, with only minor cosmetic and trim differences across all three vehicles.
As the Mii Electric was only launched in the UK in early 2020, we only have 12 reviews analysed so far (as of September 2021). This is well short of our usual 20 to 30 reviews for a new car, so the Mii’s Expert Rating may shift significantly as more road tests are published. Interestingly, the little SEAT scores a few points better than the Volkswagen e-Up on which it’s based.
Based on the reviews have have to date, the SEAT Mii Electric has been praised for being one of the more affordable options in the electric car market. However, it’s not really suited outside an urban environment, and it’s sub-par three-star Euro NCAP safety rating is off the pace of newer rivals.
Mii Electric highlights
- Great value for money
- Good battery range for this price
- Agile in urban areas
- Comfortable and easy driving experience
Mii Electric lowlights
- Concerning Euro NCAP safety rating
- Rather dated interior
- So-so exterior looks
- No touchscreen infotainment
Body style: Small five-door hatch
Motor: electric, battery-powered
Price: From £19,800 on-road*
*price includes £3,000 government plug-in car grant
Launched: Winter 2019/20
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA
Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.
Score: 7 / 10
“A welcome, affordable addition to the EV sphere that offers capability and comfort but lacks verve.”
Score: 8 / 10
“This is a thoroughly successful evolution of the city car, and one that – together with its Skoda and Volkswagen stable mates – seems likely to set the pattern for the future of a class that suits electrification probably better than any other.”
Score: 8 / 10
“The SEAT Mii Electric shares much with the Volkswagen e-Up! but offers buyers some extra style and better value.”
“The SEAT Mii Electric is just as small as the standard Mii, but it’s even easier to drive in cities thanks to its perky electric motor. Alternatives can travel further on a single charge, though.”
“Based on the SEAT Mii city car, the Mii Electric has an 83hp electric motor along with a 37kWh lithium-ion battery pack providing up to 161 miles of range from a charge.”
Score: 8.4 / 10
“Great small electric car for people who don’t want to shout about it.”
“The SEAT Mii Electric is wonderfully affordable, fun to drive and your kids will love it”
The Sunday Times
Model reviewed: Electric
Score: 6 / 10
“An impressive first effort, but it won’t be for everyone.”
Score: 8 / 10
“SEAT’s take on the VW Up & Skoda Citigo is a damn good EV. Though of the three, it’s not the one we’d have.”
Score: 8 / 10
“If you are after electric motoring in a comparatively affordable, bitesize package, the SEAT Mii Electric has plenty going for it. The main draw is its price, and while its electric range may not be as long as some other electric cars can manage, it should still be plenty for many potential buyers.”
Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP
Overall rating: 3 stars
Date tested: December 2019
The petrol SEAT Mii was originally awarded a five-star rating by Euro NCAP way back in 2011*. However, this rating expired in 2018 when the car no longer met the relevant criteria for a five-star vehicle. The electric version was tested by Euro NCAP in 2019*, when it was awarded the three-star rating shown above.
*the actual vehicles tested in each case were the Volkswagen Up! in 2011 and the Volkswagen e-Up! in 2019. The Volkswagen is structurally identical to the SEAT Mii and the Skoda Citigo, so the same rating applies to all three brands.
Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP
No eco rating
The SEAT Mii Electric has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP.
As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and inevitably the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic before resuming later in the year.
The Green NCAP programme measures exhaust pollution (which is zero for an electric car) and energy efficiency. Electric cars are much more energy-efficient than combustion cars, so the Mii Electric is likely to score very highly in Green NCAP testing if and when it ever takes place. Check back again soon.
Trophies, prizes and awards that the SEAT Mii Electric has received
- What Car? Electric Car Awards – Best Value Car
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