RAY MASSEY tests the new Mii Electric from SEAT

Sunny Spain may be off the holiday destination list, but that didn’t stop me having fun in the new Mii Electric, from the country’s car maker SEAT. 

What a perky and surprisingly spacious little runaround from the Spanish arm of the Volkswagen group. 

It’s has a lot going for it: zippy; instant response; space for five; and an expandable boot. 

Zippy: A perky and surprisingly spacious little runaround from the Spanish arm of the Volkswagen group

Zippy: A perky and surprisingly spacious little runaround from the Spanish arm of the Volkswagen group

Zippy: A perky and surprisingly spacious little runaround from the Spanish arm of the Volkswagen group

Powered by a 61kWh electric motor, rest to 62mph takes 12.3 seconds up to a top speed of 81mph. It has a 160-mile range. 

Priced from £19,800 (after deducting the £3,000 plug-in grant). It’s also just been named best value car in the inaugural What Car? electric vehicle awards.

Fancy a classic Bugatti for the price of a family hatchback or saloon? 

In conjunction with Bugatti, the Little Car Company, based at Bicester Heritage, is producing 500 1926 Bugatti Type 35s at a 75 per cent scale version, pictured. 

This echoes the Bugatti founder who built a 50 per cent scale ‘Baby’ for his son and sold more to customers from 1927 to 1936. 

Small is beautiful: Three versions of the electric Bugatti 'Baby II' cost between £27,000 and £53,000

Small is beautiful: Three versions of the electric Bugatti 'Baby II' cost between £27,000 and £53,000

Small is beautiful: Three versions of the electric Bugatti ‘Baby II’ cost between £27,000 and £53,000

Three versions of the electric Bugatti ‘Baby II’ cost between £27,000 and £53,000 plus VAT. The top speed is 42mph. bugattibaby.com. 

  • Encouraging news for car makers ahead of the new ‘70’ plate change from September 1. Figures for July show new car sales were up 11.3 per cent to 174,887 in the first full month of trading since the easing of lockdown.

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