One of best things about Seat's larger Ateca is how jolly good fun to drive it is – a rare quality among SUVs, especially at this end of the market. And the good news is that, on the whole, Seat hasn’t dropped the ball with the Arona.
In fact, because it’s lighter and a bit lower to the ground than its bigger brother, the Arona actually changes direction with a bit more gusto and leans less when it does so. Perhaps more to the point, it’s heaps more agile and entertaining than most of its direct rivals, including the C3 Aircross and Renault Captur. The Stonic stays even more upright through tight bends and grips harder, but the steering on that car isn't as feelsome.
FR and range-topping Xcellence Lux models have a feature called Drive Profile, which lets you adjust the weight of the steering. Even in Normal mode, the steering in these models builds weight progressively as you turn the wheel, whereas the steering in cars without Drive Profile is a bit lighter, although still precise.