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A stylish, small family car that's good to drive, great value and improved for 2022

SEAT Arona SUV Review Video
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At a glance

New price £19,600 - £26,255
Lease from new From £216 p/m View lease deals
Used price £10,265 - £25,310
Used monthly cost From £256 per month
Fuel Economy 42.2 - 58.9 mpg
Road tax cost £155
Insurance group 8 - 19 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Economical and punchy engines
  • Lots of standard kit and space
  • Low PCP monthly payments

CONS

  • Firm ride quality not great on rough roads
  • Boot is smaller than some rivals'
  • No diesels, no hybrids, no plug-ins

SEAT Arona SUV rivals

Written by Keith Adams on

Is the SEAT Arona any good?

SEAT's big-selling Arona has always been a capable, fun-to-drive small family car with lots to recommend it. It's been updated for 2022 – although if you blink, you might miss those improvements. The small SUV gets LED headlghts all round, a larger touchscreen and more connected services for its infotainment system.

We can understand why SEAT would choose not to mess with its winning formula, but the strength of the opposition means you'll need to look closely at a raft of very capable rivals. These include the Volkswagen T-Cross, Citroen C3 Aircross, Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008, Nissan Juke, and Kia Stonic.

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. And being a SEAT, you can enjoy responsive steering and a range of impressive engines capable of great fuel consumption – so, yes, it's good.

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What's it lke inside?

It's packed with up-to-date tech. There's a slick 8.2-inch infotainment touchscreen on the lower-spec models, rising to 9.2-inch for the better-equipped models. There's also the option of connecting your mobile, plenty of family-friendly practicality and lots of equipment thrown in as standard.

The Arona is available all the technology you'd expect 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).

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.

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What's it like to drive?

The Arona is available with a 1.0-litre petrol engine with two different power outputs, which range from 95 to 115hp. There's also a 1.5-litre four-cylinder option, with 150hp and offered with an automatic transmission only. No hybrids of any kind are on offer here, just turbocharged three and four cylinder engines.

The SEAT Arona is closely based on the Ibiza hatchback, and you'll not be surprised to read that it feels very similar on the road. It's blessed with sharp and responsive steering and excellent body control in bends. What really marks out the Arona in this class are its excellent engines, which deliver great real-world fuel economy and excellent performance, which is stronger than the Arona's relatively modest power outputs would suggest.

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What models and trims are available?

The Arona has a logical and large model range with few optional extras available. The model line-up starts with the entry-level SE model – but even that's well equipped, giving you LED headlights, connected infotainment with wireless phone charging, cruise control and a leather-trimmed steering wheel.

Climb up the range and there are plenty of options. There's the SE Technology with a larger infotainment screen, the FR, with selectable drive modes, the FR Sport with larger wheels, the Xperience with adaptive cruise control, with the Xperience Lux tops the lot with all of that plus 18-inch alloys.

What else should I know?

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.

Personalisation is a big thing, here. 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.

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