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The Parkers verdictShould you buy a SEAT Arona?

Yes, if you're after a small family car that's stylish, a little rugged and good to drive. The SEAT Arona SUV is one of many small family cars at an extremely busy price point. So it has a tough fight on its hands to see off its many rivals vying for your attention.

Is it better value than a regular supermini? Well, probably not. It's a bit more expensive, and a bit more practical, but there's not really that much in it.

Using a very unemotional side of your brain, there are options out there that are bigger and quieter and more practical too. But, the Arona has also been out a bit longer than its contemporaries, meaning finance deals are sweeter.

The most important thing to remember is that these types of cars aren't necessarily completely rational choices. If you want something that's just that bit Pret and a bit less Tesco, we can heartily recommend the Arona.

'The SEAT Arona is a great small family car with plenty of room, first-class dealer support and a navigation system that works like a dream. That it's also available with great cash, PCP and personal lease deals is the icing on the cake.'

Percy Lawman, Parkers production manager

There is at least a comprehensive trim line-up and many engines available, and that makes picking the best Arona reasonably straightforward. If you're looking for the lowest monthly outlay, one of the 1.0 TSI versions should suit. This engine is available on cheaper models and offers low running costs and excellent fuel economy. The 115hp version has more than enough power to feel at ease on the motorway and nippy about town. It's the one we'd recommend.

The Arona is generally well equipped: all models bar the entry-level SE have sat-nav mapping, reversing sensors and metallic paint included as standard, so you really don’t need to spend any more on options.

Since a high-performance Cupra Arona isn’t available and isn't likely to be any time soon, the quickest model you can buy today is the 1.5-litre TSI Evo. It feels genuinely quick, with a responsive engine under the bonnet. It’s smooth, punchy and great on both country roads and on the motorway. 

Is it the best small SUV you can buy right now? It's up there, but we still consider the Mazda CX-3 to be just a little more desirable. While the new Ford Puma is nicer to drive, and the Volvo XC40 is a more pleasant place to sit.

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