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Little SEAT's porty styling shouts 'look at Mii'

PUBLISHED: 07:12 15 July 2016

SEAT Mii FR Line looks the part with sportier styling but is no more powerful.

SEAT Mii FR Line looks the part with sportier styling but is no more powerful.

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It's the sportiest SEAT Mii yet. Matt Kimberley investigates the red-trimmed Mii to find its bark is worse than its bite.

What’s new?

The SEAT Mii FR Line isn’t quite a full-blooded FR – you don’t get any more power from the three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine we know and love, hence the ‘Line’ addendum. It’s an aesthetic thing, with 16in wheels, red-trimmed air vents and seat cloth, and a gloss black dashboard panel.

You can buy the FR Line in 59bhp and 74bhp guises, with three or five doors.

SEAT Mii FR Line

Price: SEAT Mii FR Line, from £10,900

Engine: 1.0-litre, 74bhp, three-cylinder petrol

Transmission: Five-speed manual driving front wheels

Performance: 0-62mph 13.2 seconds; top speed 106mph

MPG: 61.4 combined

CO2 emissions: 106g/km

Looks and image

Finally, the Mii looks the part. In lower specifications it’s never quite looked as right as the Skoda and Volkswagen triplets built in the same factory, but with sporty, tasteful graphics along the sides and across the boot lid, a boot spoiler and the biggest wheels ever factory-fitted to a Mii, it comes to life. The sharp lines suddenly suit it so much better.

Space and practicality

The Mii uses what space it has inside very well. Clever packaging means four adults can sit comfortably but it’s also worth noting the significant extra stretch backwards to grab the seat belts in the three-door.

The boot is a surprise and, as long as you’re happy lifting baggage over the deep lip, you can get loads in. Break out your packing skills and you’ll be stunned at how much slots in before you need to lower the rear seats.

Behind the wheel

The larger, heavier wheels and tyres on the FR Line impact on fuel consumption compared to the smaller-rimmed Miis below it. The FR Line isn’t blessed with low-rolling-resistance tyres, either, and the ride is a little firmer than in cheaper Miis.

The throaty three-cylinder engine is as characterful as ever, buzzing away happily under power. There’s a little vibration but it feels natural and never gets annoying. Even with all 74bhp working hard the Mii is never more than lightly brisk, but the wider Bridgestones cling to corners like you wouldn’t believe.

Five speeds leave you wanting an extra cog on the motorway, but it’s geared pretty well for scratching through town, and the flexible engine pulls from low revs you can shift up early for good refinement around town. The light clutch and forgiving steering are a joy in traffic, too. And it’s a doddle to park.

Value for money

This model is priced in the mid-ground, despite looking more expensive than its neighbours on the scale. It’s little more expensive than an SE Technology Mii and looks loads better. Be aware that the 74bhp engine feels little faster than the 59bhp one but is two insurance groups higher so the latter is better value.

Who would buy one?

Young drivers searching for something that looks the business, isn’t expensive to run or insure and has character will love this. Parents of new drivers will too, considering its five-star crash safety score. It’s also a great second car if you spec it with five doors, with enough room for a child seat and a phenomenal range of abilities for not much money. It’s pretty brilliant.

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