Can Seat’s Arona Small SUV Lure You Away From The Competition?

In 2016, Seat launched their first SUV, the compact Ateca, and one year later, it was followed by the smaller Arona.

It represents the Spanish brand’s foray into the very crowded subcompact SUV segment, and takes on the Hyundai Kona, Citroen C3 Aircross, Ford EcoSport, and the old Nissan Juke.

The Arona posses a clean styling both inside and out, combined with plenty of standard features, even on the entry-level model, which gets 17-inch alloy wheels, metallic paint, and DRLs, among others.

Sharing its underpinnings with the latest Seat Ibiza, the new Arona offers plenty of storage spaces, and it can take four passengers on long journeys, but add a fifth one, and they might not be your friend for long, as the middle rear seat is very cramped. The Seat SUV also offers one of the largest boots in the class, which can become even more generous with the omnipresent 60/40 split rear seat.

On the go, the petrol powered versions are smooth and quite, although you may want to ditch the entry-level 95PS (94hp) 1.0-liter TSI and go for either the 115PS (113hp) version, or the FR, with a  punchier 150PS (148hp) unit, as the former can be a tad slow.

Those who still want to have a diesel, can get the 1.6-liter TDI, with either 95PS (94hp) or 115PS (113hp). Still, regardless of the model, all versions come exclusively with FWD.

Now, is the Seat Arona really worth buying? Well, let’s see what CarBuyer had to say about it.


  • I kinda like Arona, the price is good and it’s well equiped. And recently Seat has been boosting their quality.

    But again Kodiaq is tempting me too.

    • TheHake

      The Kodiaq is bigger than the Arona by quite a margin. Even the smaller Karoq is bigger than the Arona (same size as the Ateca). I took the Karoq for a test drive and it’s a very nice car, except for some road noise.

      • Ah yes I think I meant the Karoq, still hasn’t get used to it.

        • TheHake


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