What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For All the quality of a VW Lupo, but cheaper

Against Can't match the best for handling or practicality

Verdict High quality and strong image at a decent price

Go for… 1.0 S

Avoid… 60bhp 1.4 petrol

Seat Arosa Hatchback
  • 1. The engines are pretty refined, and all versions are quite well equipped
  • 2. The 75bhp 1.4-litre diesel is worth considering, but it's the most expensive version
  • 3. Try and find an example that's already had the cambelt changed. Replacements are expensive
  • 4. Arosas are prone to electrical failure, so make sure all the gadgets work properly
  • 5. The suspension can be prone to rattles, which usually means new bushes are required
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