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SEAT Arona review

2018 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 54.3
” A stylish, small family car that's good to drive, great value and improved for 2022 “

At a glance

Price new £22,450 - £29,295
Used prices £7,346 - £21,546
Road tax cost £180
Insurance group 8 - 19
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Fuel economy 42.2 - 58.9 mpg
Range 466 - 572 miles
Miles per pound 6.2 - 7.8
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Pros & cons

  • Economical and punchy engines
  • Lots of standard kit and space
  • Low PCP monthly payments
  • Firm ride not great on rough roads
  • Boot is smaller than some rivals
  • No diesels, no hybrids, no plug-ins

Written by Keith Adams Published: 9 February 2023 Updated: 13 February 2023


SEAT’s big-selling Arona has always been a capable, fun-to-drive small family car with lots to recommend it. It was launched in 2017 and updated in 2021, and slots in at the bottom of the firm’s line-up of family SUVs that includes the Ateca and Tarraco.

SEAT’s offering shares its underpinnings with the Volkswagen T-Cross and Skoda Kamiq, and steers better than the pair of them thanks to a sporty, agile suspension set-up. However, it’s just as practical, and is offered with all the tech you’d expect from an offering from the Volkswagen Group.

But the Arona faces a whole raft of rivals elsewhere in the small SUV market sector. They’re an impressive bunch of rivals, too. These include the Citroen C3 Aircross, Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008, Nissan Juke, Vauxhall Mokka, and Parkers award-winning Ford Puma.

The good news is that if you want a stand-out option, the Arona has it covered. There’s a heavy focus on personalisation with the Arona – with up to 68 different colour combinations to choose from, so your car will always stand out from the crowd.

The Arona has a logical and large model range with few optional extras available. The model line-up starts with the entry-level SE model – but even that’s well equipped, giving you LED headlights, connected infotainment with wireless phone charging, cruise control and a leather-trimmed steering wheel.

Climb up the range and there are plenty of options. There’s the SE Technology with a larger infotainment screen, the FR, with selectable drive modes, the FR Sport with larger wheels, the Xperience with adaptive cruise control, with the Xperience Lux tops the lot with all of that plus 18-inch alloys.

So, there’s choice, and there’s plenty of personalisation on offer. Does that make the Arona on to go for in this crowded market sector?

Click through our review to find out exactly how good the SEAT Arona is and whether it can beat rivals. We’ll tell you if it’s good to drive, how spacious it is, what it’ll cost you and how plush it is inside.