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heycar review

      Launch year
      2018
      Body type
      Crossover
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

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heycar rating
Stylish and cheap to run

Best bits

  • Almost as fun to drive as a Ford Puma
  • Engines are very frugal
  • Represents decent value for money 

Not so great

  • Interior is functional rather than flashy
  • You don't actually sit that high up
  • The Skoda Kamiq is more practical

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Overall verdict on the SEAT Arona

"The SEAT Arona is one of the best small crossovers on the market today. While it's pricier than the equivalent Ibiza hatchback, all models are loaded with standard equipment and it's a very practical choice. It's also good to drive and cheap to run."

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Sitting below the SEAT Ateca and Tarraco in the brand's line-up, the Arona is an alternative to cars like the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, Honda HR-V, Volkswagen T-Cross and Skoda Kamiq (to name a few). It combines all of the desirable features of the Ibiza hatchback with an increased ride height and trendy crossover looks.


Don't make the mistake of thinking the extra ride height and SUV-like appearance mean it's an off-roader, though. You can't buy a four-wheel-drive Arona but, unless you're really expecting to venture through thick mud, that's not a bad thing.


It's little more than an Ibiza on stilts, but that means it is cheap to run and good to drive. Indeed, one of the Arona's key selling points is it's surprisingly agile both in and out of town. A Ford Puma is more likely to put a smile on your face if you're an enthusiastic driver, but the Arona changes direction eagerly and the light steering is a boon on city streets.


The Arona's engine line-up is fairly limited, with buyers offered 1.0- and 1.5-litre petrols and (for a limited period) a 1.6-litre TDI diesel. Most Arona models on the market are powered by the 1.0-litre unit, which is good news as it's a sprightly little engine - especially the more powerful model with 115PS.


The 1.0-litre's capable of 51.4mpg in official fuel-economy tests, which kinda makes the diesel redundant. The TDI's quite a lethargic unit, too, so even on a motorway you'd be better with one of the petrol options. The 1.5-litre packs quite a generous 150PS which will be very useful if you spend a lot of time on the open road (and like to put your foot down).


While a high seating position is a desirable feature of crossover SUVs, the Arona's driving seat doesn't feel as lofty as many alternatives. It's easy to get in and out of, but you're not going to tower over other traffic as you might in bigger SUVs like the Skoda Karoq.


The interior feels well-finished although it lacks a bit of flair. That's especially true for the more affordable models. Go for an Arona FR or above, though, and you'll start to get such luxuries as a leatherette-covered dashboard and sports seats.


It's a spacious choice, with enough room in the back for a pair of adults. There are rivals with bigger boots, but the Arona's luggage area is usefully square in shape and an adjustable boot floor is fitted across the range. You can always drop the rear seats if you need more space, too.


Although pricier trim levels feel the plushest, all Aronas are well-equipped. Even the basic SE comes with a touchscreen media system, cruise control and 17-inch alloy wheels - hardly 'hire car' spec. The SEAT Arona represents really good value for money, with new prices starting below £19,000 and used examples now coming in below £10,000.   

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SEAT Arona

1.0 TSI SE Technology 5dr

  • 2018
  • 11,695 miles
  • Fife Seat SEAT Kirkcaldy
  • Fife, KY12NL
Price:£12,750
PCP: £185.22/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £185.22, Customer Deposit: £1,912.00, Total Deposit: £1,912.50, Optional Final Payment: £6,062.50, Total Charge For Credit: £1,707.70, Total Amount Payable: £14,457.70, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.86%, Excess Mileage Charge: 3.6ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

SEAT Arona

1.0 TSI 115 FR Sport [EZ] 5dr DSG

  • 2019
  • 10,990 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Cox Motor Group SEAT Blackpool
  • Lancashire, FY45PQ
Price:£17,465
PCP: £256.24/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £256.24, Customer Deposit: £2,619.00, Total Deposit: £2,619.75, Optional Final Payment: £8,942.50, Total Charge For Credit: £3,065.65, Total Amount Payable: £20,530.65, Representative APR: 8.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 8.84%, Excess Mileage Charge: 3.6ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the SEAT Arona right for you?

If you're in the market for a stylish crossover that's both practical and good to drive, the SEAT Arona will be right at home on your driveway. It's more fashionable than a Skoda Kamiq and feels better screwed together than a Nissan Juke or Renault Captur. That said, the Ford Puma is a more modern alternative and has the attraction of efficient mild-hybrid engines. 

What's the best SEAT Arona model/engine to choose?

The 1.0-litre petrol is the most popular engine. It might sound small but it's a turbocharged unit with plenty of performance, especially the more powerful 115PS model. This has a six-speed manual gearbox, too, unlike the 95PS unit's five-speed transmission. That's definitely a bonus if you plan to spend a lot of time on the motorway.


In terms of trim level, we'd recommend the SE Technology for its high levels of standard equipment without breaking the bank. Plusher models come with some nice extras - like the FR's ambient lighting, sports seats and leatherette dash - but they are, obviously, more expensive. 

What other cars are similar to the SEAT Arona?

If the SEAT Arona's on your shortlist, you should also look at the Skoda Kamiq. It's got the same mechanical bits as the Arona but is more spacious and offers better value for money. The Volkswagen T-Cross is very similar to the both of them, too, but being a Volkswagen feels slightly more premium. 


We'd also recommend the Ford Puma (particularly if you're after a crossover that's fun to drive), as well as the Peugeot 2008, Nissan Juke and Renault Captur. If you want something bigger for the same money, there's the MG HS.

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Prices, versions and specification

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is the SEAT Arona a good car?

The Arona is sportier to drive than many crossovers, with decent looks and a wide choice of peppy engines, but there are more practical alternatives and interior quality could be better.

Russell Campbell

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Russell Campbell

Who makes the SEAT Arona?

The clue is definitely in the name here. Spanish brand SEAT makes the Arona, and it’s the third SUV in their expanding line-up, slotting in below the larger Ateca and Tarraco 4x4s. SEAT is part of the Volkswagen Group along with Skoda and Audi.

Dan Powell

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Dan Powell

What car is the SEAT Arona based on?

The Arona shares its platform and engines with the Ibiza, but it’s 99cm taller, and you sit 5cm higher up for a better view. It also has a bigger boot, and roomier back seats.

Russell Campbell

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Russell Campbell