SEAT’S electric city car

05 November 2019

SEAT has opened the order book for its new all-electric small car, the Mii, with prices starting at just below £20,000.

The Spanish car company says that the fully-electric city car marks the first chapter in it’s electrification programme.

Priced from £19,300 including taxpayer-funded plug-in car grants, the Mii electric is one of the least expensive electric vehicles on offer. It comes with an introductory PCP offer from £200 per month with a £4,400 deposit and an interest rate of about seven percent at a time when the bank base rate is three quarters of one per cent.

The first 300 private buyers to place an order before January will get a wall box charger fitted at their home, a three-pin home charging cable, three years’ servicing and roadside assistance included.

SEAT’s first all-electric production vehicle also lays the groundwork for future models to join the family, including the all-electric el-Born, plug-in hybrid versions of the Tarraco and Leon and high-performance plug-in hybrid models from CUPRA, including the Formentor and Leon.

The Mii electric’s motor, linked to a single-speed transmission, provides 80bhp of power and 212Nm of torque, meaning the five-door car can reach 30mph from a standstill in 3.9 seconds, although there is no 0-60mph acceleration time.

The 36.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack gives a claimed 160 miles of range on each charge. Rapid charging to 80% takes an hour, whilst using a 7.2kW home charger takes four hours to reach 80% of fully charged. There is no time figure for a 100 per cent charge, with the last 20 per cent taking the most time.

Equipment includes metallic paint, sports seats, dark tinted windows, Lane Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, rear parking sensors and fast DC charging capabilities.

There are also 16-inch alloy wheels, heated and electrically-adjustable door mirrors, dark-tinted rear windows, LED daytime running lights

plus heated front and rear windows.

Inside there are heated front sports seats with cloth upholstery and integrated headrests, a height-adjustable driver's seat, leather steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake lever, plus split-folding rear seats.