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SEAT Arona Review and Prices

The SEAT Arona looks and drives the part, but it’s let down by poor rear passenger space

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What's good

  • Looks great
  • Well equipped across the range
  • Nice and easy to drive

What's not so good

  • Tight on space for rear passengers
  • Lags behind on boot space
  • Some cheap-feeling interior bits

Find out more about the SEAT Arona

Is the SEAT Arona a good car?

If you’re in the market for a small SUV, you’re pretty spoilt for choice these days. In amongst a raft of these dinky hatchbacks-on-stilts is this, the Seat Arona.

Imagine if you will this particular segment to be a box of Heroes chocolates. You could consider the Arona to be similar to a Dairy Milk — a tasty choice but not exactly striving to be the boldest in the mix.

That’s immediately apparent in its design, at least. Updates in 2021 have brought a little more pizazz to the Arona, but it still sits between the rather subdued Skoda Kamiq and stand-out Nissan Juke in the head-turning stakes.

With that said, you can spruce it up a little with some funky two-tone paint choices. Plus the standard inclusion of LED headlights and 17-inch alloys (going up to 18-inch on high-spec versions) are welcome additions.

Where the Seat Arona has an edge over many alternatives is a rather stylish interior, though it’s worth noting that some of the materials do feel a little cheap in places.

You shouldn’t struggle to find a decent driving position thanks to good adjustability, and a simple control layout makes it dead easy to use the car’s tech on the go.

The Arona gets an 8.25-inch infotainment system as standard, though you’ll want to stump up for the improved 9-inch system that’s available on all but entry-level versions of the car.
It’s a much sharper and feature-packed system, plus it’ll offer wireless support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay should you prefer.

The Seat Arona looks good and drives just as well. It could be doing more to stand out from the crowd, though.

Mat Watson
Mat Watson
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Things start to unravel for the Arona once you hop in the back seats, as rear legroom is rather poor. Still, you get 400 litres of boot space, which matches the Skoda Kamiq but lags way behind the 455 litres of the VW T-Cross. On the plus side, it’s properly square-shaped so it’s easy to get stuff in.

At least the Seat Arona drives nicely. Excellently weighted steering means it’s a breeze to drive around town, and it’s decent fun on a winding country road too. That said, its suspension setup does make it less comfortable over lumps and bumps than a VW T-Cross or Skoda Kamiq.

You’ve got a choice of three petrol engines to pick from with the Arona, with a six-speed manual gearbox or dual-clutch automatic available depending on your choice. You’ll find the mid-range 110hp engine offers the best mix of performance and fuel efficiency.

It’s worth considering a Seat Arona for sure. It looks good, comes nicely equipped and drives well. Cars like the Ford Puma and Skoda Kamiq offer a bit more for the money though, and the VW T-Cross beats it for practicality.

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How much is the SEAT Arona?

The SEAT Arona has a RRP range of £20,730 to £27,445. However, on carwow prices for a new SEAT Arona start at £18,603 if paying cash or £200 if paying monthly - saving on average £1,911. The price of a used SEAT Arona on carwow starts at £11,777.

The most popular versions of the SEAT Arona are:

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1.0 TSI SE 5dr £18,603 Compare offers
1.0 TSI 110 SE Technology 5dr DSG £20,755 Compare offers
1.0 TSI SE Technology 5dr £19,543 Compare offers

How practical is it?

Passengers in the front of the Arona will be pretty happy — but the same can’t be said to those lumped in the back.

Boot (seats up)
400 litres
Boot (seats down)
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If you’re sitting in the front passenger seat of the SEAT Arona, you’ll be quite happy. There’s plenty of space to stretch out and a decent amount of headroom too.

You’ll have to adjust your seat manually, but there’s a good range of movement in the seat. The Arona falls foul of a hand-cranked backrest adjustment though, rather than using a lever found on some cars.

The same can’t be said in the rear, though, with passengers likely to feel tightly packed in. Legroom isn’t great to start with, but a huge hump in the middle of the floor makes the middle seat unsuitable for adults. Three kids should be comfy enough across the back row, though.

Rear headroom is ok at best, and overall the back is fine for a couple of car seats. It’s not somewhere you’d want to spend a long time if you’re the size of a typical human adult, though.

The numerous handy storage bins dotted around the SEAT Arona’s cabin mean you shouldn’t struggle to store your stuff. The front door bins are big enough to hold a two-litre bottle and the glovebox is large enough to squirrel away a 1.5-litre one.

You get two cupholders in the centre console, too, and all but entry-level models come with a wireless charging tray for your phone under the dashboard.

At 400 litres, the SEAT Arona’s boot space is adequate and matches the Skoda Kamiq, with which it shares most of its mechanical gubbins. However, it’s dwarfed by the VW T-Cross’ 455 litres of load space.

That said, the Arona’s boost is dead easy to get bulky luggage in and out of thanks to its near-perfect square shape. There’s a slight load lip to contend with, but it’s not much of a problem.

Handily, you can also adjust the boot floor to bring it closer up to the load lip. If you drop that to its lowest point and fold the rear row of seats, you’re looking at 1,280 litres of space.

There are a couple of tether points on either side of the boot as well as some extra hooks, plus an elastic strap to the right to secure smaller luggage.

What's it like to drive?

The middle-of-the-range 110hp engine offers the best blend of performance economy, though all Aronas are susceptible to an uncomfortable ride outside of smooth motorways

You’ve got a pick from three petrol engines for the Seat Arona. There’s no diesel offering, while hybrid or electric options haven’t yet made it to SEAT’s smallest SUV.

You can have a 1.0-litre petrol engine with 95hp or 110hp, both coming as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. If you’d prefer an automatic, you can get a dual-clutch option on the latter.

It’s the 110hp car you want, really. It has plenty of power for a car of this size, and won’t leave you wanting for more with overtakes or merging onto dual carriageways. Seat claims you’ll get around 48mpg from this engine, though a week with the car saw an average of 45mpg, which is still pretty respectable.

There’s also a 1.5-litre, 150hp version of the Arona with a dual-clutch automatic but you can overlook this really. It doesn’t need this much power, and if you want something sportier of this size, the Ford Puma ST exists.

The Seat Arona is a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to the way it drives. Its steering feels light enough to be easy to whizz around town, yet it’s not so light that you’re left feeling like you’re navigating a plate of jelly on a twisty back road.

There’s not quite such a nice compromise in the suspension, though. It’s set up quite firmly, making it crash quite hard over bumps in both town and out in the country, without making it feel all that sporty either.

It’s pretty relaxing to drive out on the motorway, though. It’s comfortable at speed, plus cruise control comes as standard across the range. You’ll have to contend with some wind noise coming from the wing mirrors, though.

What's it like inside?

There’s a lot of character to the interior of the Seat Arona, though it does feel a little cheap in places.

SEAT Arona colours

Metallic - Asphalt blue
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Metallic - Asphalt blue with Black roof
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Metallic - Asphalt blue with Grey roof
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Metallic - Asphalt blue with White roof
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Metallic - Desire Red with black roof
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Metallic - Desire Red with grey roof
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Metallic - Desire red
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Metallic - Magnetic grey
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Metallic - Magnetic grey with White roof
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Metallic - Magnetic grey with black roof
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Metallic - Midnight black
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Metallic - Midnight black with White roof
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Metallic - Midnight black with grey roof
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Metallic - Mountain green
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Metallic - Mountain green with black roof
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Metallic - Mountain green with grey roof
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Metallic - Mountain green with white roof
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Metallic - Nevada white
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Metallic - Nevada white with black roof
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Metallic - Nevada white with grey roof
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Metallic - Saphire blue
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Metallic - Saphire blue with Black roof
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Metallic - Saphire blue with Grey roof
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Metallic - Saphire blue with White roof
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Metallic - Urban silver
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Metallic - Urban silver with black roof
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Metallic - Urban silver with grey roof
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Solid - Emocion red
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Solid - Emocion red with black roof
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Solid - Emocion red with grey roof
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Solid - White
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Solid - White with black roof
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Solid - White with grey roof
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