Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

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

Petrol engines 5.6 - 7.1 mpp
Diesel engines 6.2 - 7.3 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 42.2 - 53.3 mpg
Diesel engines 50.4 - 58.9 mpg
  • Small-capacity engines and front-wheel drive
  • SEAT Arona is affordably cheap to run
  • Petrol engines claim up to 53.3mpg

How much is it going to cost to run?

Despite its tough SUV 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.

MPG and CO2

Petrol

  • 1.0-litre 95: 48.7-52.3mpg, 124g/km CO2
  • 1.0-litre 115: 47.9-53.3mpg, 121g/km CO2
  • 1.5-litre 130: 42.8-44.8mpg, 142g/km CO2

Choose the 1.0 petrol with 95hp, and you can expect economy of up to 52.3mpg on the combined cycle, according to SEAT. Going for the more powerful 115hp version of this engine and it returns only slightly better fuel economy figures at 53.3mpg on official tests.

Emissions figures are low across the board for the Arona range. It’s the 95hp 1.0-litre manual that produces the least amount of CO2, at 124g/km.

Servicing and maintenance

Servicing intervals are once a year or every 20,000 miles. The Arona should prove cheap to service as it’s established itself as an economical and reliable car. There are a number of service plans available for those who want to pay for their servicing up-front on a monthly plan – thus avoiding big bills.

How reliable is it?

  • Little to be concerned about
  • Arona has a strong reliability record…
  • Lots of parts commonality with other VW Group cars

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.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £165
Insurance group 8 - 19
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