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Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • Small-capacity engines and front-wheel drive
  • SEAT Arona should be affordably cheap to run
  • Petrol engines claim almost 60mpg

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 48.7mpg on the combined cycle, according to SEAT. Go for the more powerful 115hp version of this engine and this returns slightly better fuel economy figures at 49.6mpg on official tests. Bear in mind that if you want one with a DSG automatic gearbox, this dips to 46.3mpg.

Of the diesel engines, the most frugal is the 115hp 1.6 TDI, returning up to 57.6mpg, with 95hp models coming close behind with an official figure of 56.5mpg. In the real world, there's little difference between the two diesels in terms of fuel consumption, therefore we recommend plumping for the more powerful 115hp version, as it is easier and more satisfying to drive.

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.'

Is the SEAT Arona eco friendly?

Emissions figures are low across the board for the Arona range. Of the petrols it’s the 115hp 1.0 auto and 150hp 1.5 that produce the least amount of CO2, at 112g/km. The diesels, meanwhile, manage 113g/km and 114g/km for the 95hp 1.6 TDI and 115hp 1.6 TDI respectively. 

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.

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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.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,021 - £1,058 *
Diesel 131p £916 - £931 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
1.6 Tdi (95ps) Diesel 108 g/km (Min) £145
1.5 Tsi (150ps) Petrol,
1.6 Tdi (95ps) Diesel
115 g/km (Max) £145

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £145
Insurance group 8 - 18
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.