Seat Arona vs Seat Ateca – which SUV is best?

The Seat Arona is a new small SUV which starts at Β£16,340. We take a look at how it compares with its bigger, more expensive brother, the Seat Ateca

Words By Steve Huntingford

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Seat Arona vs Seat Ateca – interior

While the exterior of the Arona borrows elements from the Ibiza, the interior has been lifted from it wholesale. That means hard plastics, but everything feels sturdily assembled and there are some brightly coloured trim options.

This is a different approach to the one taken with the Ateca, which sticks with sombre colours but features an appealing soft-touch upper dashboard befitting its higher starting price.

Seat Arona vs Seat Ateca – infotainment and equipment

Both cars feature touchscreen infotainment systems with logical menus and quick responses. And in both, the screen grows from 5.0in to 8.0in on higher-spec models.

The Ateca does have the edge for usability, because it has proper shortcut buttons that can be operated by feel alone, whereas the Arona swaps these for touch-sensitive panels that look smarter but force you to take your eyes off the road. However, like the Ateca, the Arona is available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring.

Seat also offers an optional Beats stereo upgrade that brings six premium speakers, a 300W, eight-channel amplifier and a subwoofer in the boot.

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