Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • Compact exterior hides spacious interior
  • Lots of leg and headroom, front and rear
  • Boot offers class-leading space, too

Passenger space is much more generous in the Arona than you might first think. To look at, and stand next to, the Arona isn’t a big car, but it’s been well packaged to allow for a spacious interior that’s also flexible. Two adults will comfortably fit in the front, and if they’re not too gangly, two six-footers will also fit in the rear seats. What’s most apparent is the boost in headroom over the Ibiza, and a more generous amount of legroom too. 

If there’s a tall driver behind the wheel, then an equally-tall passenger may struggle in the back, but for most average-sized adults and children, the Arona offers a generous amount of space inside. There are plenty of areas to store odds and ends throughout the cabin, thanks to big door bins, cubbies and pockets scattered throughout. 

During our six-month review of the Arona, our tester concluded: 'On the inside the Arona is large enough for four adults. You could fit five in, but it would be quite cosy, even with the increased SUV height. Four plus one child in the smaller centre seat is about the limit.

'The seats are comfortable, if not plush, being more functional than luxurious. I was surprised that a journey of 2-3 hours didn’t produce any rear-end ache often associated with some interiors. On the contrary – the seating did a good all-round job.'

Will the SEAT Arona fit in my garage?

The Arona doesn’t look like a big car, nor does it feel like one to drive and manoeuvre. It’s barely longer than a SEAT Ibiza, and the extra height is a boon to visibility when parking in a cramped car park. This makes it easy to thread around town, which is where most Arona buyers will be using the car. 

Useful touches such as parking sensors and a reversing camera aid with parking the Arona. 

Will my luggage fit in it?

Considering its compact size, the SEAT Arona offers an impressively large boot with a good amount of flexibility thanks to a two-level boot floor and the ability to fold the seats down and free up a total of 823 litres.

At 400 litres with the seats in place, it offers 50 litres of extra capacity over a SEAT Ibiza, 20 litres more than a Volkswagen Golf, and 66 litres more than the Hyundai Kona. However, the Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008 and MINI Countryman all beat the Arona for boot space, with 455, 410 and 450 litres of space respectively. 

In practice, we lived with a SEAT Arona for half a year and rarely found ourselves needing a bigger boot. You can always flop the back seats down if you need to expand the loadbay (see picture above).

SEAT Arona safety

  • Plenty of airbags as standard
  • Driver assistance tech available as optional extras
  • Should be safe for small families

The Arona comes with the usual suite of airbags as standard, as well as a pair of Isofix childseat fittings in the rear of the car. Front Assist – SEAT’s name for autonomous emergency braking – comes fitted as standard to all Aronas, while more driver assistance technology becomes available as you move further up the range.

For example, luxurious Xcellence models add things like blindspot detection, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control to the equipment tally, which all help make the Arona less likely to crash in the first place. When crash-tested by the experts at Euro NCAP towards the end of 2017, the Arona received a full five-star rating - so it should protect occupants well if the worst does happen.

Safety update: 2018 rear seatbelt recall

In May 2018, a recall was issued on SEAT Arona, SEAT Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo models regarding the left rear seatbelt releasing unintentionally. The problem was most likely to occur during events such as a high-speed lane change and resulted in the centre left rear seatbelt unlocking when both the centre rear and left rear seat are unoccupied. A technical fix was found and fitted to affected vehicles during recalls.

Euro NCAP crash test video

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the SEAT Arona SUV.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Metallic Paint
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control

FR equipment

FR standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
FR optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Traction control

FR Sport equipment

FR Sport standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Cruise control
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
FR Sport optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated seats
  • Traction control

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Traction control
SE optional equipment
None available

SE Technology equipment

SE Technology standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control
SE Technology optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Space saver spare wheel

SE Technology 1st Edition equipment

SE Technology 1st Edition standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
SE Technology 1st Edition optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control

SE Technology Lux equipment

SE Technology Lux standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control
SE Technology Lux optional equipment
None available

Xcellence equipment

Xcellence standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control
Xcellence optional equipment
None available

Xcellence 1st Edition equipment

Xcellence 1st Edition standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Xcellence 1st Edition optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Traction control

Xcellence Lux equipment

Xcellence Lux standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control
Xcellence Lux optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The SEAT Arona SUV was tested by Euro NCAP in 2017 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2017
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 95%
Child Occupant: 80%
Vulnerable Road Users: 77%
Safety Assist: 60%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.