Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 9.1 - 10.6 mpp
Diesel engines 10.2 - 11.9 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 42.8 - 49.6 mpg
Diesel engines 50.4 - 58.9 mpg
  • Small-capacity engines and front-wheel drive
  • SEAT Arona should be affordably cheap to run
  • Petrol engines claim almost 58.9mpg

Despite its tough crossover 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. It's more likely to be found mounting a kerb in town. As such, it doesn’t need four-wheel drive or powerful engines, so running costs are expected to be reasonably low.

Petrol and diesel mpg

Choose the 1.0 petrol with 95hp, and you can expect economy of up to 49.6mpg on the combined cycle, according to SEAT. Going for the more powerful 115hp version of this engine and it returns only slightly worse fuel economy figures at 47.9mpg on official tests. Bear in mind that if you want one with a DSG automatic gearbox, this dips to 46.3mpg.

The 1.6-litre diesel is capable of 58.9mpg in manual form. This drops to 54.3mpg if you opt for that automatic gearbox.

We found in our six-month review that the 1.6 TDI, especially, would struggle to meet the claimed fuel economy figures. Our tester, Percy Lawman, said, 'The manufacturer's claimed 68.9mpg has never been on the horizon. We’ve refilled the car on many occasions and with different drivers behind the wheel, but on average we’re returning around 49.7mpg combined in the real-world - which is approximately 72% of its claimed official figure.'

115hp diesel no longer available from new

Previously, there was a more potent diesel engine on offer. It has 115hp, and is capable of returning up to 57.6mpg. In the real world, there's little difference between the two diesels in terms of fuel consumption. But the more powerful version is more flexible, especially at motorway speeds. It feels much more willing to overtake in the outside lane of a motorway, for instance. 

If you do want this engine, you'll have to go for a used model.

Is the SEAT Arona eco friendly

Emissions figures are low across the board for the Arona range. Of the petrols it’s the 95hp 1.0-litre manual that produces the least amount of CO2, at 129g/km. The diesel, meanwhile, manages 125g/km.

Is it reliable?

Covering the Arona should anything go wrong is a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty. Nothing untoward should happen, though, as it uses parts found in plenty of other cars across the Volkswagen Group, including the Ibiza, Polo and larger models.

Great value on SEAT’s PCP finance scheme

Many manufacturer finance schemes come with high interest charges and low discounts, but the Arona has been available with very good-value PCP finance right from launch. Not only does SEAT typically offer large deposit contribution discounts – which, in the case of the Arona cancel out much of the interest charged – but you'll struggle to inadvertently bump up your monthly payments with optional extras.

That’s because all bar the entry-level model have practically all of the kit you could want as standard (even including metallic paint) and there are few optional extras available. Better still, as most desirable kit is included at purchase, it means the Arona should be worth more than it would be otherwise at the end of the finance contract.

As PCP costs are based upon the difference between a car’s initial price and the expected value at the end of the contract, this reduces Arona monthly payments compared with rivals.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £150
Insurance group 8 - 18
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