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SEAT Arona

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Summary


The SEAT Arona is a small, supermini-based SUV/crossover that sits below the Ateca in the SEAT SUV family. It was launched in summer 2017 before arriving in the UK later that year.

The Arona is based on the SEAT Ibiza hatchback, and internally it looks and feels almost identical. It also shares a lot of its componentry with the related Volkswagen Polo, T-Cross and T-Roc models.

The SEAT Arona currently has an Expert Rating of 72%, based on 23 UK media reviews as of March 2022. That puts it just behind its Volkswagen cousins, but ahead of all the other class rivals we have analysed to date. The Arona has been widely praised for its driving characteristics and decent standard equipment levels. However, the diesel engine has been criticised for being noisy and slow, while concerns have been raised about its behaviour during emergency brake and swerve maneuvres.

Key specifications


Body style: Small SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £18,005 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2017
Last updated: Summer 2018
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2017

95%

ADULT OCCUPANT

80%

CHILD OCCUPANT

77%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

60%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: 1.5-litre petrol manual 2WD
Date tested: October 2019

9.8 / 10

CLEAN AIR INDEX

6.1 / 10

ENERGY EFFICIENCY INDEX

The rating above only applies to the versions of the SEAT Arona powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine and manual gearbox. It does not apply to any other engine/gearbox combination.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the SEAT Arona has received

2019

  • What Car? Awards – Best Small SUV
  • Tow Car Awards – Best Tow Car, Ultralight category
  • DieselCar & EcoCar Top 50 – Best Compact SUV

2018

  • WhatCar? Awards – Best Small SUV
  • DieselCar & EcoCar Top 50 – Best Compact SUV
  • Red Dot Design Awards – Best Product Design

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SEAT AronaThe SEAT Arona currently has an Expert Rating of 70%, which puts it just behind its Volkswagen cousins but ahead of other class rivals we have analysed.