SEAT is following the Volkswagen up!’s lead by adding an automatic option to it Mii range.
An automated version of the current five-speed manual transmission, the driver simply chooses from D (Drive), N (Neutral) or R (Reverse) and the gearbox selects the optimum gear for that particular situation. Alternatively, the cogs can be changed up or down – manually via the gear lever.
Weighing a mere three kilograms more than the Mii’s five-speed manual ‘box, the automatic uses electromechanical actuators to control the gate selection and disengage or engage the gears., while another motor controls the clutch mechanism.
Available in SE trim with the 55 kW (75 hp) 1.0-litre engine, the Mii Auto is a standalone model with a slightly improved consumption figure of 4.5 l/100 km compared to the manual’s 4.7 l/100 km. Standard equipment on the SE includes 14-inch ‘Silva’ alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel and gear knob, gloss white dashboard trim, heated electric mirrors, air con, electric front windows and electronic stability control. UK customers will need to part with £10,390 or £10,740 for either the three- or five-door model, and anyone ordering one before the end of this month gets a free Portable System touchscreen infotainment unit.