Seat Mii FR Line - sporty styling but no extra power for Seat's city car

Seat adds two new special editions to the funky Mii range

The compact hot hatchback market is getting better all the time, with turbochargers and talented chassis giving drivers wide choice in the £20,000 bracket.

But choice lower down the market is much slimmer. Unfortunately, Seat hasn't seen fit to introduce a turbocharged Mii city car to change that, but it's spruced up the styling somewhat with a new FR Line trim level.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

The Seat Mii FR Line utilises the same 1.0-litre, three-cylinder naturally-aspirated power unit as other Mii models, and indeed the mechanically identical Volkswagen Up and Skoda Citigo.

Like those models, it comes in two power outputs - with 59bhp and 74bhp, though opting for the higher output of the pair doesn't put any more torque at your disposal, with a maximum 70lb ft developed at a usefully low 3000rpm.

What performance the car has is aided further by a low kerbweight, at only 854kg. The result is a 14.4-second 0-62mph dash for the lower-powered car, and 13.2sec for the 74bhp model - at these sort of speeds, every tenth of a second counts.

In FR Line trim, the Mii gains a set of 16-inch alloy wheels and unspecified 'sporty' suspension tuning. While not quite a full-blown Cupra - nor even a proper FR model - those changes should be just enough to set it apart from the already-fun standard Mii.

Other stylistic additions include Atom Grey door mirrors, a striking set of stripes and an FR logo on the grille. Inside, you get gloss black trim on the dashboard, red accents, sports seats and an FR-badged steering wheel wrapped in leather.

It joins the fashion-led Mii by Mango in the city car range. Not so much evo as Cosmopolitan, the 750-model limited run Mango has a deep three-coat white paint finish, velvet red detailing on its intricate wheels and dashboard, and... an optional clutch bag and wool scarf.

Both models are on sale now. FR Line pricing is unconfirmed, but Mii by Mango models begin at £11,155 in three-door form.

Most Popular

Visit/mclaren/203132/mclaren-765lt-2020-review-latest-long-tail-returns-to-reset-the-status-quo
McLaren

McLaren 765LT 2020 review – latest Long Tail returns to reset the status quo

McLaren’s latest Long Tail fulfills its brief in once again pushing the supercar to the next level, the 765LT just has to prove its magic on the road …
29 Sep 2020
Visit/lexus/203133/lexus-lc500-cabriolet-2020-review-eccentric-convertible-is-as-glamorous-as-it-looks
Lexus LC

Lexus LC500 Convertible 2020 review – eccentric cabriolet is as glamorous as it looks

The eccentric LC500 cabriolet is better than a boulevard cruiser and feels every inch the halo product Lexus intended
29 Sep 2020
Visit/ford/mustang/201971/ford-mustang-mach-e-gt-turns-up-electric-suv-to-459bhp
Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang Mach-E GT turns up electric SUV to 459bhp

The all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV has gained a hot GT variant, rivalling Tesla’s Model Y Performance
28 Sep 2020
Visit/porsche/panamera/203126/porsche-panamera-turbo-s-2020-review
Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera Turbo S 2020 review 

Monster straight-line pace and impressive handling, but the Panamera sweet spot is found elsewhere
26 Sep 2020