Inspired by its closest family member, the Ibiza, the Seat Arona has stepped in with a larger look and attitude. Though, quite similar to the likes of the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, the Arona has brought its own unique style and qualities to the table. [SEE: SEAT Arona Car Leasing Offers]
Awarded an impressive five stars for safety by Euro NCAP for adult and pedestrian protection.
With a starting price from £16,905, you will find the Arona to be slightly higher in price than a few of its competitors, but still sits below the Volkswagen T-Roc and Audi Q2. Although you may think this is slightly pricy for a Seat, the entry level trim is equipped with a lot more kit than its peers. Also, the vehicle depreciation rate is low, which in turn, will be cheaper on PCP finance deals and re-sale value is promising.
All versions of the Arona come with a two-year unlimited-mileage warranty and a third-year warranty that covers you up to 60,000 miles.
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The entry level engine is a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol at 94bhp, would be the choice of the Arona range. This engine would be best suited for travel in built-up areas.
There is a 1.0-litre engine at 114bhp which is only available with the FR trim and higher, unless you picked the automatic (DSG) gearbox. It is very responsive and offers great power for higher expectations.
The higher range is a 1.5-litre 148bhp turbocharged petrol. This engine offers a much quicker acceleration than either of the 1.0-litre engines. This does, however, push the pricing to meet the range of the Volkswagen T-Roc.
If you were looking for a diesel engine, Seat does offer two 1.6-litre engines with 94bhp or 114bhp. The lower powered model will not be as responsive as the petrol engines, but it will suit driving around town and on motorways really well.
Fuel economy and CO2 emissions are impressive, particularly for the diesel engines. The 1.0-litre petrols are good, too; the 1.0 TSI 95 (our favourite engine) averaged a very credible 45.9mpg in our real-world True MPG tests.
As there’s no four-wheel drive option (despite its looks), you can expect all engines to produce broadly similar fuel economy, emissions and performance figures as those seen on the Ibiza, meaning the Arona won’t cost a fortune to run.
The FR trim has a switchable suspension as standard and allows you to stiffen and soften the dampers. The softer setting makes the Arona even more comfortable. The FR trim also comes with 18 inch alloys as standard.
The Arona is easily customisable with a range of up to 68 different colour combinations to pick from. You are able to customise the roof and lower body (including the windscreen and pillars). These colour combinations come standard across the range, which means you are spoilt for choice!
LED headlights come standard on the FR trim and above. This increases night visibility and also looks much more attractive. This would be a recommended feature on the Arona.
In terms of visibility, all vehicles (apart from the SE) come with rear parking sensors. The Xcellence Lux models come with sensors in front of the car and a rear-view camera.
At first glance, the dashboard is made up of hard plastic which has been sturdily assembled and the leather bound steering wheel adds a premium look and feel.The entry level trim offers cruise control, air conditioning, automatic headlights and contrasting roof and metallic paint to your choosing.
If you chose to upgrade to the SE Technology, you will also receive a more impressive infotainment system and rear parking sensors.
Drive Profile is available to the FR and Xcellence Lux models. Drive Profile lets you reconfigure the weight of the steering. In Normal mode, the steering builds weight progressively as the wheel is turning. Without Drive Profile, the steering is slightly lighter, but still precise.
The seating position is easily adjustable to your preference. In terms of alignment and ease of access to the pedals, you will have no issues finding a comfortable driving position in the Arona. In terms of seat height and the feel of driving in an SUV, with the Arona being a crossover, it is slightly difficult to achieve the perfect height, however you will still sit higher than its smaller sister, the Ibiza. All-round visibility is impressive especially at the front where the windscreen pillars are situated.
A touchscreen infotainment system comes standard across all trim levels. The entry level screen size starts at 5.0 inch, but when you upgrade to the SE technology you are given an 8.0 inch display. This upgrade also offers you a built-in sat-nav, DAB radio, wireless phone charging and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. [SEE: Seat Arona Car Leasing Offers]
The Arona boasts a spacious interior, making it that much more practical for families. The headroom in the back allows adults to fit in comfortably. The boot offers 400-litres of space and is height-adjustable across all trim levels.
Go even higher up the trim ladder and you get Alcantara seats, 18in alloys, keyless entry and even adaptive cruise control. However, you’ll be spending the sort of cash that would get you a bigger or more premium SUV. All Aronas come with automatic emergency braking and tyre pressure monitoring, while upgrading to Xcellence trim gets you blindspot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.
Safety is also a priority, meaning that high-tech kit such autonomous emergency braking, multi-collision braking (applies the brakes after a crash to stop further incidents), hill-hold control, blindspot monitor and cross traffic alert are all available.
Despite its tough image, the Arona isn’t a real off-roader that needs a big engine to haul it up a rocky outcrop in the middle of the desert. More like mounting a kerb in town.
As such, it doesn’t need four-wheel drive or big, powerful engines, so running costs are expected to be reasonably low.
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