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SEAT Mii review - Reliability and Safety

The Mii is strong on safety, and the VW group's platform-sharing policy should enhance reliability

Small cars often miss out on safety aids, but the Mii gets four airbags and stability control as standard, which was enough to earn it a five-star Euro NCAP rating when it was tested in 2011. The littlest SEAT also received 89 per cent for adult occupant protection and a score of 86 per cent in the safety assist category. 

SEAT fits driver, front passenger, side and curtain airbag as standard, plus ABS and ISOFIX child seat fixings. Electronic stability control as standard across the range, while buyers of any model can select the Safety Assist System, which automatically applies the brakes at low speeds if it thinks a collision is imminent. 

Unfortunately for SEAT as a manufacturer, it has recently struggled in customer satisfaction surveys, although the Mii itself hasn’t yet made it into our Driver Power survey.

As recently as the 2016 Driver Power results, the SEAT brand finished a middling 18th out of 30, meaning it had tumbled 3 places in 12 months and found itself behind the likes of Peugeot and Toyota in the rankings. 

However, on a more positive note the Mii uses the same simple mechanicals as the Volkswagen up! and Skoda Citigo, and the trio are built on the same production line in Bratislava. The Citigo has appeared in the 2016 Driver Power rankings for Skoda, coming 11th out of 150 cars for overall satisfaction, with an excellent 8th for reliability and a 18th for build quality. It's fair to assume that the SEAT Mii should perform as well. 

Warranty

The SEAT Mii comes with a fairly run-of-the-mill three-year/60,000-mile warranty, as do its Volkswagen up! and Skoda Citigo stablemates.

Quite a few rivals offer a better warranty package these days –the Toyota Aygo and Hyundai i10 both offer five-year cover, for example. 

Servicing

Fixed price servicing means the Mii’s first service at one year/10,000 miles will cost £169, while the second year/20,000 mile service will be £199.

SEAT also offers a monthly payment plan to spread the cost of servicing – it costs £19.99 per month.

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