Most marked when first behind the wheel is the extra weight of the battery pack below the floor. It’s all the more noticeable in something so dinky as a city car, but not to the point where the heft is offensive to the modest driving dynamics of a small runaround. And, of course, there’s the added benefit of a low centre of gravity for handling…
Despite its humble 82bhp electric motor, the 156lb ft of torque means there’s plenty of punch in the Mii Electric, accelerating from 0-31mph in 3.9sec. Even at motorway speeds, it feels adequate and planted, belying its top speed of 81mph. But this is not a car built for motorways: it is aimed squarely at “those who spend the majority of their time traversing metropolitan and suburban streets,” says Seat.
Unsurprising, then, that you’ll find the steering light and perfectly suited to urban escapades, although its vagueness is disappointing. It’s certainly not a trait unique to the Mii, but nonetheless, a bit more connection would be welcome.
The other quibble of the Mii is its ride quality. Given its targeting town driving (typically ridden with speed bumps), it’s a little more fidgety and a little harder than feels suitable for this type of car. Ultimately, the Mii Electric doesn’t inspire behind the wheel but it is effortless and easy around town, which will be enough to satisfy the majority of owners.
Inside, the model is comfortable, intuitive and spacious but shows its age. The updates over the now-defunct petrol-powered Mii, such as the redesigned dashboard, don’t feel enough of a step forward to modernise it. Plastics are decent, but the absence of an infotainment screen and bespoke elements suited to an EV (such as special graphics to denote charge) are notable.
We didn’t have a long enough drive in the Mii Electric to fairly judge its WLTP-certified range of 162 miles, but based on our varied route, this figures seems achievable. Seat says the model can be charged in around four hours to 80% capacity from a 7.2kW home wallbox or one hour from a 40kW public fast charger.