Seat Arona

3/5
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Verdict

The SEAT Arona is yet another comer to the B-Segment SUV market. This over saturated segment includes competition like the Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur and Mazda CX-3. With the SE 1.0TSI 115hp set to be the biggest seller, the Arona is also available with a 1.6TDI and 1.5TSI. Prices start from €17,995.

Performance

From launch, a 3-cylinder petrol and 4-cylinder diesel are available. Power outputs are 95hp and 115hp for the 1.0TSI and 95hp for the 1.6TDI. A 1.5TSI will be available in 2018 with 150hp, exclusively for the FR trim level. We drove the 1.0TSI 115hp at the Irish launch and felt that the power was sufficient. Drivability is comparable to the SEAT Ibiza, as is the size. The Arona is built on the Ibiza platform and is available in S, SE, Xcellence and FR trim levels.

Ride & Handling

The Arona is built on the Ibiza platform so is similar to that of the city car. The B-Segment SUV handled well around our test route of country roads and lanes. The front-wheel drivetrain coped well with the muddy roads. The 115hp 1.0TSI felt sufficient and the 6-speed manual suited to the car. A 7-speed DSG is available on both the petrol and diesel. Body roll is noticeable but is to be expected from the soft raiding crossover.

Refinement

The distinctive 3-cylinder petrol can be heard throughout the cabin when pushed hard. As standard on SE trim, the 16” alloys provide a comfortable ride. Equipping larger alloys will, in theory, increase road noise.

Quality & Reliability

The interior’s dash layout is similar to the Ibiza. The shiny plastic insert stretching across the centre is plucked out of the Ibiza. Incorporated into this is an infotainment system with a typical SEAT look to it, but not so similar to Volkswagen or Skoda. The overall quality of the plastics are average for this segment.

Safety & Security

Standard on S trim, the most basic trim, is Front Assist, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Front Airbags, Curtain Airbags and Side Airbag, Hill Start Assist, 2 Rear ISOFIX Seats and Auto Lights. Jumping to SE, Xcellence or FR adds Tiredness Recognition and Cruise Control.

Space & Practicality

The Arona’s boot equates to 400 litres, 45l more than the Ibiza. The boot floor can be lowered to make it deeper. It is not hugely impressive and getting the likes of a buggy in will be done with a struggle. The rear doors have decent door bins, as do the ones up front. The centre console has two decent sized cupholders and the glovebox is of average size.

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Key Facts

Make

Seat

Model
Arona
Variant
S 1.0TSI 95hp
Car Category
Compact Crossover
First Launched
2017
Engine (L)
1.0
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
5-Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
SUV
Price New
€17,995

Running Costs

Tax Band
A4
Vrt Tax Band
200
L/100km Combined
4.2
Average km/L
23.8
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
40
Fuel Tank Range
952 km
Cost of filling a tank
€52.56
Average Cost Per 200 km
€11.04
CO2 emmissions
111 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
95 bhp
Max Power kW
71
Displacement - CC (Engine)
999
Engine Cylinders
3
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Turbo
Top speed
173 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
11.4 s

Space & Practicality

Body Type
SUV
Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity
400 L

Warranty

Dimensions

Boot capacity
400 L
Tyre size front
205/60 R16 mm
Tyre size back
205/60 R16 mm

Technical Information

Power
95 bhp
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SUV
€17,995
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5-Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €0
  • Boot Capacity 400 L
  • Engine Size 1.0 L
  • Power 95 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.4 s
  • New Price €17,995
SUV
€20,295
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5-Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €0
  • Boot Capacity 400 L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 95 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.9 s
  • New Price €20,295
SUV
€20,715
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6-Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €0
  • Boot Capacity 400 L
  • Engine Size 1.0 L
  • Power 115 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.1 s
  • New Price €20,715
SUV
€22,115
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7-Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €0
  • Boot Capacity 400 L
  • Engine Size 1.0 L
  • Power 115 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.1 s
  • New Price €22,115
SUV
€22,295
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5-Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €0
  • Boot Capacity 400 L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 95 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.9 s
  • New Price €22,295
SUV
€22,815
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6-Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €0
  • Boot Capacity 400 L
  • Engine Size 1.0 L
  • Power 115 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.9 s
  • New Price €22,815
SUV
€24,215
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7-Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €0
  • Boot Capacity 400 L
  • Engine Size 1.0 L
  • Power 115 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.1 s
  • New Price €24,215