Buyer’s guide to the Seat Arona

Buyer’s guide to the Seat Arona

Seat’s compact crossover is one of the best cars in its class.

Seat prides itself on its youthful image, and it obviously works, with the Spanish manufacturer having a much lower age of buyer compared with the average.

It’s typically been models such as the Mii and Ibiza that appeal to the youngsters, but one of Seat’s latest offerings is showcasing its appeal to this group of buyers – the small Arona crossover.

This attractively-priced car is stylish and great fun to drive, and also comes loaded with standard equipment and technology for a smaller car.

Here’s what you need to know about the Arona.

What engines are available?

There are three engines currently on offer – two petrols and a diesel. Both of the available petrols are 1.0-litre TSI units, however, one develops 94bhp while the other produces 114bhp.

These three-cylinder engines are all relatively refined and smooth for their size, but it’s the 114bhp motor that has the better punch and best suits everyday life out of the two.

The diesel, on the other hand, is another good choice. One thing to note though, is that the engine itself, a 113bhp 1.6-litre, is heavier than the two 1.0-litres, meaning the car overall feels less athletic than its petrol-powered counterparts.

But if it’s big miles-per-gallon numbers you’re after, the diesel should serve you well, with a claimed average of 62mpg.

What trim levels are offered?


The Seat Arona is offered in seven trim levels, with the equipment as follows:

SE – from £17,150

This is the standard trim level, and includes DAB radio, six speakers, interior ambient lighting, Apple Car Play and Android Auto, as well as a leather steering wheel and gear knob.

SE Technology – from £18,075

This trim, as the name implies, comes with a bit more tech than the standard SE, such as cruise control, a wireless phone charger, and a larger eight-inch infotainment screen with satnav and voice recognition functionality.

SE Technology Lux – from £20,510

To add a touch of luxury to your Arona, the Lux offers Beats Audio, EBA (electric brake assist) and Seat’s Winter Pack – this has heated seats.

FR – from £20,410

The sporty FR trim gets you things like FR sports seats, four different driving modes (sport, comfort, eco and individual), and dual zone climate control.

FR Sport – from £21,440

The even sportier FR Sport trim gains twin exhaust pipes, 18-inch ‘performance’ alloy wheels, a digital cockpit and comfort seats.

Xcellence – from £21,550

For the premium stuff, there’s the Xcellence trim, which includes keyless entry and go, blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and speed limiter.

Xcellence Lux – from £22,865 

This is the highest trim level, and comes with park assist, a rear-view camera and microsuede upholstery.

What about personalisation?

Colour options aren’t massively extensive ­­– you’ve got the usual white, black, silver, grey, red, blue and orange – but the floating roof comes in either black, grey or body coloured with most of the general colour options.

What trim level you go for can also affect how the Arona looks. For example, with the FR trim you get LED headlights, and with the FR Sport trim you get racier-looking wheels.

Different trim levels get different seats as well, because with the FR trim you’ll get FR sports seats, whereas if you spring for the FR Sport you get comfort seats in the front.

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