4.2 out of 5 4.2
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The SEAT Arona is a stylish, jacked-up small family car with tempting finance deals available

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At a glance

New price £18,330 - £24,335
Lease from new From £202 p/m View lease deals
Used price £9,575 - £17,855
Used monthly cost £239 - £446
Fuel Economy 42.8 - 58.9 mpg
Road tax cost £150
Insurance group 8 - 18 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Exterior looks are striking
  • Lots of standard kit and space
  • Low PCP monthly payments

CONS

  • Simple interior is a bit plain 
  • Boot is smaller than some rivals'
  • Entry-level 95hp petrol engine underpowered

SEAT Arona SUV rivals

Mazda
CX-3
4.2 out of 5 4.2

Written by Murray Scullion on

Superminis are the bread and butter of the car world. They're bestselling and dependable, but oh so drab and humdrum for a growing number of people. The archetypal supermini, the Ford Fiesta, is the bestselling car in the UK in the same way that a cheese sarnie is the bestselling sandwich. It has its place, but it is a bit dull.

For those that would rather have a duck wrap with hoisin sauce from Pret than a white bread cheese sandwich from Tesco, then the SEAT Ateca might just be for you.

It's part of a growing pool of mini SUVs including the Volkswagen T-Cross, Citroen C3 Aircross, Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008, Nissan Juke, and Kia Stonic.

While the SEAT Arona is supermini sized, it does make sense as a rugged-looking small family car. Its mini SUV vibes means you get a jacked-up ride height and chunky bumpers as well as side cladding to cope with the toughest urban landscapes.

The good news is that if you want a stand-out option, the Arona has it covered. There's a heavy focus on personalisation with the Arona – with up to 68 different colour combinations to choose from, so your car will always stand out from the crowd.

It's also packed with up-to-date tech. There's a slick 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen on many models, the option of connecting your mobile, plenty of family-friendly practicality and lots of equipment thrown in as standard. Another bonus is that metallic paint is included for free – even on the entry-level model, including two-tone designs – saving you up to £1,000 or more compared with rivals.

How big is it? 

The Arona is city-friendly as it occupies no more road space than a typical small hatchback, such as its sister car, the SEAT Ibiza. Because it's 99mm taller than that car, you sit 5cm higher, giving a more commanding view. And all of that gives the driver a better view of the road ahead for more confidence in busy traffic.

Boot space is good. With the rear seats in place, the Arona's 400-litre loadbay easily copes with the weekly shop or a weekend away. These generous dimensions mean the Arona is well suited to family life, with lots of interior space, especially when it comes to headroom in the back seats. It’ll easily seat four adults in comfort.

Loads of equipment available

SEAT Arona interior

The Arona is available with a vast array of technology not usually found in cars in this class. The range-topping Xcellence Lux model includes wireless phone chargingkeyless entry/keyless go, adaptive cruise controlApple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity (which we recommend), and automatic self-parking skills (which we don't).

Safety is a priority, meaning that high-tech systems such autonomous emergency braking, multi-collision braking (applying the brakes after a crash to stop further incidents), hill-hold control, blindspot monitor and cross traffic alert are all available, depending on spec.

The Arona has a logical model range with few optional extras available. SEAT is trialling a new way of buying called Easy Offer. If you want more kit, you simply move up a trim level, rather than piling on options to a lower-spec car. It should mean that you’ll wait less time for your car to be delivered, if ordering new, and also that it’ll retain its value better. We'd recommend the SE Technology for value for money, as you get the better infotainment set-up, but don't pay much more for it.

Personalisation: up to 68 colour schemes 

The Arona’s lower body, roof and windscreen pillars can be finished in contrasting colours. So customers can have the upper body and roof painted in orange, while keeping the bottom half a more subtle shade of grey or black (or vice-versa).

Better still, whichever combination you go for – whether you pick a contrasting roof or not – you won’t have to dig further into your pocket to pay for it.

Four engines on offer

The Arona is available with a 1.0-litre petrol engine with two different power outputs, as well as a 1.5-litre petrol. There's also a 1.6-litre diesel on offer for those who travel lots of miles. No hybrids of any kind are on offer here, just turbocharged three and four cylinder engines.

Transmission options include five- and six-speed manual gearboxes, plus a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission. The most impressive all-rounder in the range is the 115hp petrol model, which is quiet, reasonably nippy, and will deliver a real-world 50mpg without too much effort. This is the SEAT Arona we'd recommend.

No four-wheel-drive

The Arona might look like a rugged, mini SUV, but there is no four-wheel-drive option. If you want a four-wheel-drive SEAT, you'll have to plump for the more expensive Ateca or Tarraco. Does the Arona miss out because of this? Probably not. Very few people in the market for a mini-SUV really need the higher pricing and lower MPG associated with four-wheel-drive.

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the SEAT Arona including its practicality, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

SEAT Arona SUV rivals

Mazda
CX-3
4.2 out of 5 4.2