Until recently, Seat had as much experience of building SUVs as Ferrari did mobility scooters. However, the Spanish brand’s first effort, the Ateca, was so good that we named it our 2017 Small SUV of the Year.
Now there's a second, smaller SUV offering: the Seat Arona. Named after small municipality in Tenerife (Seat has a long-standing tradition of naming its cars after places in Spain), the Arona is based on Seat's Ibiza small hatchback, so is roughly the same size as its closest rivals, the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Suzuki Vitara.
It's a bit pricier than those aforementioned peers, but it's still far cheaper than the Audi Q2 and Mini Countryman, and even the cheapest version comes with a gutsy 94bhp 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, so you shouldn’t need to venture far up the range to find the one you want.
But how does the Seat Arona stack up against its key rivals? And which of the engines and trims make the most sense? Read on over the next few pages and we'll tell you all you need to know.