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Battery Capacity in kWh:36.8
Battery Charge Slow kW:2.3
Battery Charge Slow Percentage:0-80
Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes):960
Battery Charge Fast kW:7.2
Battery Charge Fast Percentage:0-80
Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes):240
Battery Charge Rapid kW:7.2
Battery Charge Rapid Percentage:0-80
Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes):60
Battery Charge Super Charge kW:Not Available
Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage:Not Available
Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes):Not Available
Coupler/Connector Type:Type 2
NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km:12.7
NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles:160
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage:100000
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years:8
WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max:14.9
WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min:14.4
WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max:4.2
WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min:4.3
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City:358
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City - Max:349
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City - Min:358
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb:257
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Max:250
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Min:259
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City:223
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City - Max:217
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City - Min:223
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb:160
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Max:155
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Min:161
CO2 (g/km):Data Not Available
Noise Level dB(A):Not Available
Standard Euro Emissions:EURO 6
Catalytic Convertor:Not Available
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Cylinder Layout:Not Available
Cylinders - Bore (mm):Not Available
Cylinders - Stroke (mm):Not Available
Engine Code:Not Available
Engine Layout:FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery:Not Available
Number of Valves:Not Available
EC Combined (mpg):Not Available
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:Not Available
EC Extra Urban (mpg):Not Available
EC Urban (mpg):Not Available
Alternative Fuel Qualifying:Yes
Badge Engine CC:0.0
Based On ID:Not Available
Coin Description:Not Available
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:12E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:81
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:83
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:3
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:46
NCAP Safety Assist %:55
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?:No
Service Interval Frequency - Months:Not Available
Service Interval Mileage:Not Available
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months:Not Available
Timing Belt Interval Mileage:Not Available
Vehicle Homologation Class:M1
0 to 62 mph (secs):12.3
Engine Power - BHP:83
Engine Power - KW:61
Engine Power - RPM:2750
Engine Torque - LBS.FT:156
Engine Torque - MKG:21.6
Engine Torque - NM:212
Engine Torque - RPM:2750
Emissions Test Cycle:WLTP
Tyre Size Front:185/50 R16
Tyre Size Rear:185/50 R16
Tyre Size Spare:TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style:Not Available
Wheel Type:16" ALLOY
Height (including roof rails):Not Available
Width (including mirrors):Not Available
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):Not Available
Gross Vehicle Weight:1530
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):Not Available
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):251
Max. Loading Weight:370
Max. Roof Load:Not Available
Max. Towing Weight - Braked:Not Available
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked:Not Available
No. of Seats:5
The Mii Electric is SEAT's first full-electric car. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.
SEAT has decided to dispense with all combustion-fuelled versions of its Mii city car and instead offer us just this battery-powered version. With a potential WLTP driving range of up to 160 miles, it makes a lot of sense. And of course there are all the previous space-efficient advantages of this little design.
No mainstream brand can afford to ignore the current industry stampede towards electrification. SEAT has hardly been in the vanguard of this trend but, helped by Volkswagen Group technology, it's slowly getting its act together now. The little Mii citycar was an obvious first step in the company's move towards zero emissions motoring for its compact cars, given that all the technology for this design was easily available to the Spanish marque (and sells elsewhere, badged as either the Volkswagen e-up! or the Skoda CITIGOe iV). Like those cars, the Mii Electric has a lot to offer.
If your previous experience of a Mii was with a petrol engine (or indeed if you come to this SEAT from a petrol-engined city car of any kind), you're going to feel that this Mii Electric is pretty rapid the first time you drive one. That's due to a 61kW electric powerplant with 212Nm of torque, which hurls you away from rest with almost indecent alacrity. You'll get used to driving with one eye on the Charge Indicator, a dial to the left of the main speedometer in the instrument cluster. This shows when energy is being recuperated to charge the battery (in its lower blue zone) and when you're driving efficiently (when the needle is in the mid green zone). The battery level indicator is to the right of the speedometer, where the fuel gauge would normally be. SEAT talks of a WLTP driving range when fully charged up of around 160 miles, but reckons that up to 223 miles could be possible between charges if you limited yourself just to urban motoring. You'll need to adapt to your own charging regime with this car, which is made easier by a special version of the 'SEAT Connect' app. This allows you to remotely set charging times and to pre-heat or -pre-cool the car before departure, so that you don't use valuable energy with the ventilation system getting to a comfortable cabin temperature once you move off.
The design of this Mii Electric model is pretty much the same as the previous petrol-powered Mii model, though there's only now a 5-door body shape available. The door mirrors, the bumpers and the door handles are body-coloured, metallic paint and dark-tinted rear windows are standard and you can jazz things up with an optional 'Deep Black' contrast-coloured roof if you wish. As before, the front doors open widely to an 80-degree angle, your access point to a tardis-like interior just as big as that of SEAT's far pricier and apparently much bigger Ibiza supermini. Something you especially appreciate on the back seat where there's comfortable room for two adults provided the journey isn't too long. There'd be space for my three children if three belts were provided here. Unfortunately, there are only two, which is a little annoying. No complaints about luggage space though. Though there's a high sill over which you've to lump your stuff, once you get it in, there's a 251-litre capacity that's way better than what you get in a rival MINI Electric.
SEAT is only offering one version of the Mii Electric, priced at £19,300 after subtraction of the £3,500 government plug-in car grant. Standard kit includes 16-inch 'Cosmo' grey matt alloy wheels, metallic paint, body coloured finishing for the mirrors and door handles, powered mirrors, rear parking sensors, ambient lighting, heated front seats and cruise control, plus lane assist and traffic sign recognition. Also included are rain-sensing wipers, a leather-covered steering wheel, air conditioning, dark-tinted rear windows and Hill Hold Control to stop you from drifting backwards on uphill junctions. There's a 5-inch centre-dash infotainment screen with Bluetooth connectivity, a DAB tuner and a 6-speaker audio system. You'll also want to download the 'SEAT Connect' app which allows remote access to your car. The Mode 3 cable you'll need to attach this car to a garage wallbox comes included but annoyingly, you have to pay extra for the Mode 2 cabin you'll need to charge up from a conventional 3-pin plug. A contrast-colour roof (deep black with matching door mirrors) is also optional.
SEAT quotes a WLTP driving range when fully charged up of 160 miles. Or up to 223 miles with 100% city driving. As with all EVs, the range capability is aided by proactive Brake Energy Regeneration. When the accelerator is released, the electric motor's braking function slows down the vehicle and simultaneously recuperates brake energy. Electricity recovered by regenerative braking is stored in the traction battery and is used to drive the vehicle. As for charging the 32.2kW lithium-ion battery, well that'll take 16 hours from a normal household 3-pin plug (to 80% of battery capacity) with the (annoyingly optional) Mode 2 2.3 kW cable, so you'll want to install a wallbox in your garage so you can use the (standard) Mode 3 7.2kW cable, whereupon the charging time (to 80%) reduces to a far more acceptable 4 hours. SEAT reckons a typical charge cost to fill the battery would be £5.29. That equates to a pence per mile figure of 3.5p. What else? Well there's SEAT's usual three year/60,000 mile warranty. That's unexceptional when rivals like Hyundai offer five years of cover as standard and Kia offers up to seven years. However, the SEAT deal is extendable, so you might be able to negotiate on that. And it includes two years of Europe-wide roadside assistance.
The Mii was always an under-rated city car and it will probably be an under-rated electric runabout too. But that doesn't mean that it's not worth putting on your shopping list if you're making the move towards battery power with a little urban scoot like this. This model's slightly more affordable than a Volkswagen e-up! and the top version of the Skoda CITIGOe iV, both cars that share its engineering - but there's not much in it. Still, if a SEAT dealer is more convenient for you and you happen to prefer the looks of a Mii, we can see why you might choose it over the VW and the Skoda. True, there are trendier electric citycars you could consider: maybe more charismatic ones too. But as an all-rounder, the Mii Electric makes a strong case for itself.