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SEAT Arosa Hatchback review

1997 - 2004 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 53.5

At a glance

Price new £5,910 - £9,840
Used prices £455 - £2,865
Road tax cost £35 - £345
Insurance group 5 - 11
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 269 - 479 miles
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Pros & cons


Quality, VW input.


Stodgy styling.

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


For those looking for a value-for-money town car, there can be few models better than the Arosa. It shares its looks – and most parts – with the more expensive VW Lupo. It’s cheaper to buy, better value-for-money, but just as good to drive as its Teutonic cousin. Good choice of engines and it feels modern and almost funky inside. Good deals around, too.

Biggest problem is poor rear legroom and luggage space.