SEAT

SEAT ARONA HATCHBACK 1.0 TSI 115 Xcellence Lux [EZ] 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2135 g/km

The Arona is SEAT's idea of a small sporty SUV and it's likely to find favour with the increasing number of buyers who would once have simply bought another supermini but now feel the need to get themselves something more interesting and lifestyle-orientated. It's good looking, safe, well connected and very personalisable. If this is the kind of car that appeals to you, then an Arona may well tick a lot of boxes.

SPANISH TRY

SEAT's Arona is a small SUV with an important role to play in the Spanish maker's model line-up. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at what's on offer.

Ten Second Review

The Arona is SEAT's idea of a small sporty SUV and it's likely to find favour with the increasing number of buyers who would once have simply bought another supermini but now feel the need to get themselves something more interesting and lifestyle-orientated. It's good looking, safe, well connected and very personalisable. If this is the kind of car that appeals to you, then an Arona may well tick a lot of boxes.

Background

SEAT's conquest of the SUV segment continues with his Arona. It slots into the Spanish maker's line-up just blow the successful Ateca model, which is based in the running gear of the company's Leon family hatch. The Arona, in contrast, is a supermini-based Crossover, so shares its oily bits with the Barcelona marque's Ibiza supermini. This car was developed as part of the 900 million Euro investment set aside to create the fifth generation Ibiza. It targets a compact crossover segment which has increased four-fold in size since 2015 and claims to bring to the sector the 'sports DNA dynamism' that SEAT hopes characterises its brand.

Driving Experience

As expected, the Arona shares the engine line-up used in SEAT's Ibiza supermini, which means that all of the powerplants on offer have direct injection and a turbo. There are various different petrol units to choose from, the headline emphasis being on the usual Volkswagen Group three-cylinder 1.0 TSI petrol unit, available in 95PS form with a five-speed manual gearbox, in 110PS guise with dual-clutch seven-speed DSG auto transmission and 115PS guise with a six-speed 'box . The final petrol choice is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder 150PS TSI unit with active cylinder deactivation technology, which is exclusive to the 'FR' trims and is connected to DSG auto transmission. Go for the sporty 'FR' trims and you get dual-mode suspension and the 'SEAT Drive Profile' that allows you to alter the steering, throttle response and suspension feel via four modes: 'Normal', 'Sport', 'Eco' and 'Individual'. There are now no diesel options. All Arona models are front-driven: there's not much appetite in this segment for 4WD. If you happen to be familiar with rivals in the small SUV segment, you may well notice that the steering here is more direct, the corner turn-in's more precise and that body roll is rather better controlled. That's not to say that it feels in any way really sporty: no car in this segment is. SEAT's preference has been to set the Arona up for the low speed, traffic-jinking needs of the urban jungle and sure enough, it feels right at home in that environment, with its great all-round sight lines and tight turning circle.

Design and Build

The Arona's sits on the same hi-tech MQB platform that underpins the latest Ibiza supermini and its styling follows the same structure as that used in the brand's slightly larger Ateca SUV. Here, that model's three-dimensional look is more pronounced, without being too aggressive. Like its rivals, this car is trying to give the feel of being a sturdy car for everyday life for the urban jungle, hence the strong protection in the bumpers, the wheel arches and the dark coloured rubber side skirts, as well as the roof rack and the aluminium look-like protection at the bottom of the bumpers. In terms of its dimensions, the Arona is 4,138mm long, which is 79mm more than an Ibiza. However, the real difference lies in its height, as the Arona is 99mm taller. As a result, this SUV offers not only higher ground clearance for any off-road adventures, but also more front and rear headroom, and, above all, a larger boot, with a 400-litre capacity. Another important feature is the seat cushion, which is 52mm higher and gives a dual advantage. Firstly, a higher driving position for raised view of the road ahead. And secondly, it makes it much easier to get in and out of the car. The passenger seats are also 62mm higher than they would be in an Ibiza, while headroom is 37mm greater in the front and 33mm in the rear. The suspension height has been increased by 15mm and the windscreen is slightly more vertical for a roomier interior.

Market and Model

Arona prices start at around £18,500 but expect most variants to sell in the same kind of £20,000 to £23,000 bracket common to the two leading small SUVs, Nissan's Juke and Renault's Captur. Trim levels are based around the usual 'SE', 'SE Technology', 'FR', 'FR Sport', 'XCELLENCE' and 'XCELLENCE Lux' SEAT spec options. The Spanish brand knows that the extent to which buyers will be able to personalise the Arona and make it their own will be important. Colour-wise, the car is divided into two: the lower body on the one hand, and the roof (plus the A and C-pillars) on the other. The roof can be grey, black, orange or the same colour as the body. Globally, there are 68 possible colour combinations. Key equipment features available as options or fitted to plusher models include Auto lights and wipers, a Keyless Entry and Start System, a rear camera, an 8-inch black panel centre-dash infotainment touchscreen, a Park Assistance System and a 'Connectivity Hub' which comes with a Wireless Phone Charger and a GSM signal amplifier. Safety spec will also be crucial to sales interest in this car, so the Arona gets all the latest camera-driven tech, including the brand's 'Front Assist' autonomous braking system, 'Blind Spot Detection' (which stops you from pulling out to overtake when there's a vehicle in your blindspot) and 'Rear Traffic Alert' (which warns you of approaching vehicles if you're reversing out from a space). Other features available include Adaptive Cruise Control, Hill Hold control, a Tiredness Recognition System and Multi-Collision Braking.

Cost of Ownership

The headline engine is SEATs well regarded 1.0 TSI petrol turbo unit and it should certainly prove to be very frugal. Let's get to the WLTP figures. Expect the 95PS 1.0 TSI version to manage up to 47.9mpg on the combined cycle and 134g/km of CO2. The 1.0 TSI 115PS manual manages up to 47.1mpg and 137g/km. the 1.5 TSI auto manages up to 44.8mpg and 143g/km. All models get an automatic stop & start system to cut the engine when you don't need it, stuck in traffic or waiting at the lights. What else? Well there's SEAT's usual three year/60,000 mile warranty. That's unexceptional when rivals like Toyota and Hyundai offer five years of cover as standard and Kia offers up to seven years. However, the SEAT deal is extendable, so you might be able to negotiate on that. And it includes two years of Europe-wide roadside assistance. SEAT dealers also offer an 'It's Fixed!' low cost servicing programme. To even out the cost of regular maintenance, you can take up fixed price servicing packages for up to three scheduled halts and they go with the car when you sell it if the balance has still to be used.

Summary

The Arona, says SEAT, is designed for 'drivers looking for a sense of excitement, distinction and functionality. People who know that age is just a number, not an outlook on life.' In other words, the people who've been busily buying Nissan Jukes and Renault Capturs in considerable numbers over the last five years. The Spanish maker wants in on this lucrative market and this little Crossover looks to have everything necessary to entitle them to a useful slice of sales in this segment. The potential for personalisation will be key to this car's prospects, as will the efficiency made possible by its efficient engines and light, stiff MQB chassis. It's taken some time for the Iberian maker to bring us a Crossover of this kind but we can see quite a few target Arona customers feeling that the wait has been worthwhile.

  • Rear window wash/wipe
  • Electric front/rear windows with one touch/auto up/down
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Windshield wiper with intermittent control and potentiometer

  • Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and front assist
  • Hill hold control
  • Multi-Collision braking
  • Electronic stability control
  • Traction control
  • Anti-lock brake system

  • Comfort suspension

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Park assist system
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Rear view camera
  • SEAT Drive profile
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Front parking sensor
  • Electric speed sensitive power steering

  • Outside temperature display
  • Digital cockpit
  • 'Lights On' Remainder warning buzzer
  • Digital clock
  • Low fuel warning light
  • Trip computer
  • Blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert
  • Full Link Smartphone Integration with Mirror Link, Apple Car Play, Google Android Auto with USB cable for Apple and Android compatibility
  • RPM counter

  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors
  • Roof colour door mirrors

  • Interior chrome line trim
  • Leatherette dashboard

  • Bluetooth interface for hands free and audio streaming
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • 6 speakers
  • DAB digital radio and AM/FM radio

  • Ice metal door side panels
  • Chrome window trim
  • Hidden exhaust pipe
  • Body coloured door handle inserts
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Chrome roof rails
  • Chrome grille surround
  • Chrome grille bars
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Front grille hot stamping
  • Anti theft roof antenna

  • Coming/leaving home lighting function
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Automatic activation of hazard warning lights
  • Automatic headlights
  • Full LED headlights dipped and mainbeam + front and rear fog lights
  • LED rear tail lights and licence plate lights

  • Dual zone climate control
  • Dust/pollen filter

  • Gear shift indicator
  • Double boot floor
  • 2 cupholders
  • Leather steering wheel/gear knob/handbrake
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Storage net on centre console
  • Microsuede cloth upholstery
  • Black interior roof

  • Front courtesy light with front reading lights
  • Interior footwell lighting
  • Illuminated boot
  • Multi-colour ambient interior lighting
  • Instrument lighting with brightness control

  • Connectivity pack plus - Arona
  • Storage pack - Arona
  • Winter pack - Arona
  • Interior chrome pack - Arona

  • Driver and front passenger airbags with front passenger airbag de activation, front side and curtain airbags
  • Tiredness recognition system
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Active front headrests
  • 3 point seatbelts on all rear seats
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

  • Height adjustable front seats
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Front seat back storage pockets
  • ISOFIX points in outer rear seats with top tether anchorage points
  • Two front and three rear height adjustable headrests

  • KESSY Keyless entry and go
  • 2 folding remote keys with window open/close function
  • Alarm with back-up horn
  • Tow away protection
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Remote central locking + deadlocks
  • Electronic engine immobiliser

  • Passenger sunvisor with vanity mirror
  • Driver sunvisor with covered mirror + card holder

  • 18" Performance alloy wheels

  • CO2 (g/km): 110
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • NOx: 0.034
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 167
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 129
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 116
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 142
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 135
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 148
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 135

  • Cylinders: 3
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 74.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 76.4
  • CC: 999

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 47.1
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 65.7
  • EC Combined (mpg): 57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 43.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.5

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 13E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 95
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 80
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 77
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 60
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 115
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Xcellence Lux [EZ]
  • Coin Description: TSI 115

  • Engine Power - BHP: 115
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.8
  • Top Speed: 118
  • Engine Power - KW: 85
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 148
  • Engine Torque - NM: 200
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2000
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 20.4

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: PERFORMANCE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 215/45 R18

  • Height: 1552
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4138
  • Width: 1780
  • Wheelbase: 2566

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1104
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1710
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 40
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 400
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 580
  • Max. Loading Weight: 606
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.6

  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Solid paint: £0
  • Metallic paint with contrast roof: £0
  • Solid paint with contrast roof: £0

  • Metallic - Mystery blue: £0
  • Metallic - Midnight black: £0
  • Metallic - Nevada white: £0
  • Metallic - Magnetic grey: £0
  • Metallic - Desire Red: £0
  • Metallic - Desire Red with grey roof: £0
  • Metallic - Desire Red with black roof: £0
  • Metallic - Magnetic grey with black roof: £0
  • Metallic - Midnight black with grey roof: £0
  • Metallic - Mystery blue with grey roof: £0
  • Metallic - Mystery blue with black roof: £0
  • Metallic - Nevada white with grey roof: £0
  • Metallic - Nevada white with black roof: £0

  • Solid - Emocion red with grey roof: £0
  • Solid - Emocion red with black roof: £0
  • Solid - White with grey roof: £0
  • Solid - White with black roof: £0
  • Solid - White: £0
  • Solid - Emocion red: £0

  • Pre-installation towing device: £135
  • Towing device includes 18" spare wheel: £655

  • Microsuede cloth - Black with white stitching: £0

  • Space saver spare wheel: £115
  • Emergency tyre repair kit: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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