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2018 Seat Arona 1.5 TSI Evo 150 review - verdict

A new 1.5-litre petrol engine delivers warm-hatch performance to the Seat Arona, but is it the pick of the range?

Words By Doug Revolta

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The Arona is a class-leading small SUV, and this 1.5 is the most impressive engine, performance-wise, on offer. However, the 115 and 95 versions of the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine will suit the vast majority of buyers; both engines are great around town and can manage occasional motorway trips without trouble.

If you do a fair few more miles a year, though, and a strong engine is important to you, the 1.5 can be had for a very reasonable Β£1400 over the 1.0 115 in FR trim, although it remains to be seen what the difference will be on a PCP finance deal.

So, as good as this engine is, the Arona makes more sense when you keep it cheap; SE Technology trim paired with the 1.0 TSI 95 engine remains our sweet spot of the range.


What Car? says...

Rated 4 out of 5


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Seat Arona 1.5 TSI Evo 150 FR

Price Β£21,270 Engine 4cyl, 1498cc, petrol Power 148bhp at 5000rpm-6000rpm Torque 184lb ft at 1500-3500rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual 0-62mph 8.3sec Top speed 127mph Official economy 55.4mpg CO2, tax band 115g/km, 22%

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