Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

SEAT Mii Electric

  • Stylish changes for the Mii Electric interior
  • But still very much a conventional car by appearance
  • Relies on smartphones instead of integrated touchscreens

There was so little change to the interior over the petrol Mii that the designers felt the need to scribe ‘Mii Electric’ on the dashboard panel in front of the passenger, just to make the point.

In fact, the dashboard panel – which is finished with something called an IML foil, achieving the rather neat circuitboard-style detailing – works well as a means of lifting the whole cabin. Together with some rather natty upholstery and a bit of ambient lighting, this might be a small car but it’s really rather smart inside.

Less impressive is the supposedly sporty black leather finish to the steering wheel, gear-selector and handbrake – it feels rather cheap and plastic, and not at all as premium as SEAT was clearly hoping.

There are some cheaper plastics around the place if you seek them out, too, but largely this compact companion impresses with a deep sense of quality. The quietness of the electric motor and the surprisingly well resolved ride comfort help with this.

SEAT Mii Electric review - dashboard panel with IML foil and Mii Electric script, 2019

What’s it like inside?

In keeping with the general sense that this is a car first and an electric vehicle second, even a quick glance at the instrument cluster will leave you thinking there’s nothing out of the ordinary – there are three refreshingly clear analogue gauges and a modest trip computer, rather than a bunch of flashy digital displays.

Look a little closer, however, and you’ll realise either side of the large central speedometer things aren’t exactly as they would usually appear.

Instead of a rev counter there’s a gauge showing power usage – including energy recuperation when decelerating – and the otherwise normal-looking fuel gauge has battery symbols. The use of a big, analogue gauge for the battery state is a minor stroke of genius, we think, as it’s much less jarring than the digital iconography used in other electric vehicles, helping to reduce range anxiety.

If you do want or need to know the remaining driving range in miles, this is one of the available displays on the trip computer screen. This screen is perhaps a little too low tech, making the Mii seems a touch old fashioned, but may prove comforting for this very reason.

Infotainment and tech

Another area where the Mii Electric may seem surprisingly low tech compared with other vehicles is the infotainment. There is no large built-in touchscreen here – not even as an option.

Instead you get a simple radio and a smartphone dock. Again, an old-fashioned approach, but the quality of the radio controls is reasonable enough; the real action happens with the smartphone dock, anyway, which holds your phone securely on the top of the dash, where it’s designed to totally integrate with the car via a pair of SEAT applications: the Mii Drive app and the SEAT Connect app.

SEAT Mii Electric review - smartphone dock, 2019

Is the Mii Electric comfortable?

We’ve encountered speed bumps in Spain that could double as foothills in the Himalayas, and the Mii wasn’t fazed by these in the slightest.

The bodyroll in the corners is all well controlled enough not to be alarming, but still indicates there’s a reasonable amount of suspension of travel. Together with wheels pushed right out to the edges, this helps to smooths out the worst road imperfections, even with 16-inch alloys fitted as standard.