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Dealers are now taking orders for the new SEAT Arona, as the Spanish brand ramps up its SUV offensive.

SEAT’s first compact crossover model will arrive in showrooms on 17th November at prices from £16,555. It will slot into the brand’s line-up alongside the larger Ateca that has already proved highly successful.

With the Arona SEAT is also debuting a new grade format which the brand says will make choosing the right new car much easier for buyers. Instead of being offered basic grades with various options or option packs, customers will simply choose their trim level, engine and body colour.

Trimming the range

To accommodate the new thinking, the number of trims available is extended to six. The SE, FR And Xcellence trims familiar from other SEAT models are joined by more extensively equipped variations on each – SE Technology, FR Sport and Xcellence Lux.

Entry-level SE models include metallic paint as standard, and also come supplied with 17-inch alloy wheels, a two-tone roof, black roof rails, chrome front grille, power-adjustable door mirrors, LED daytime running lights and tail lights, front cornering fog lights and automatic headlights.

Highlights of the interior include air conditioning and a five-inch touchscreen controlling a six-speaker audio system with DAB radio, Bluetooth and aux-in/USB connections.

The standard active safety package is quite comprehensive, including frontal collision avoidance, hill hold and tiredness recognition systems, as well as cruise control.

Technology package

Those wanting more toys will be able to choose the Technology variant – this adds a larger, eight-inch colour touchscreen and a navigation package including a 3D map display and voice control.

Smartphone compatibility is also part of the Technology package, MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto phones able to connect through the SEAT Full Link system. A wireless phone charger, an extra USB port, two SD card slots and rear parking sensors also feature.

Five powertrains will initially be available for the Arona – a 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI petrol engine with 95 or 115hp, a 1.5 four cylinder with 150hp, and 1.6 diesels producing either 95 or 115hp. Depending on model chosen they will be available with five or six-speed manual gearboxes and a DSG auto unit.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.