SEAT Arona Car Review
The all-new SEAT Arona has become one of the more recent additions to the SUV market. This compact crossover’s design originates from the SEAT Ibiza but manufactured to meet the rising demand for SUV vehicles. The Arona contends against the likes of the Hyundai Kona, Kia Stonic and Renault Captur. What makes the Arona an attractive option for most buyers is its price, which starts at around €19,000.
For this review, we managed to get our hands on the FR model which includes some extras like a sportier trim, larger alloys and a 150 bhp petrol engine and this upgrade retails for around €25,000.
The fully foldable rear allows for an impressive 400 litre capacity of storage space in the boot (approximately equaling three to four suitcases). It makes the Arona a leader in its class when it comes to space. A unique feature is an adjustable floor in the boot that can create even more space if needed. Luckily, a real spare tyre is provided with the car in the unfortunate event of a puncture.
It is evident that SEAT is a member of the Volkswagen group when you first glance at the interior of the Arona. With several USB points and plenty of side storage, passengers are also given a generous amount of head and legroom. Unfortunately, lumbar support is not provided, which is disappointing as the Arona ticks so many boxes in regards to features.
With access to Volkswagen technology, it’s no surprise that the infotainment system is second to none. Incorporated with the latest technology, it provides the user with a seamless and effortless experience. The Arona is also compatible with both Apple CarPlay, Andriod Auto and has a built in Sat Nav to make sure you get to your desired destinations efficiently and on time.
The 5″ display screen comes as standard for the basic model. Our recommendation is upgrading to the 8″ to get the best experience and comes as standard for both the Xcellence and FR versions. Other technologies worth highlighting include the parking aid camera, park assist, and the wireless phone charger.
Responsive, powerful and fun to drive, the 1.5 litre gives a tremendous and punchy feeling as its performance mirrors one of a ‘hot-hatchback’. If you’re looking for a long-lasting, reliable car, we recommend the Arona FR.