Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
The Arona is a bit more expensive to buy than some of its direct rivals, such as the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, but that's balanced by the fact that even the entry-level SE trim is reasonably equipped – something that we’ll talk about in the next section. Although the Arona doesn’t depreciate as quickly as the Citroën C3 Aircross, most key rivals do hold onto a more value after three years, with the Ford Puma and Skoda Kamiq proving particularly impressive in that respect.
That said, most buyers won’t be buying with cash – they’ll be signing up to a PCP finance deal, and the Arona offers competitive monthly repayments, although these will vary as manufacturer promotions come and go. Take a look at our deals page to see just how cheap the Arona is to finance or buy after our Target Price discounts.
Fuel economy impresses, too. The 1.0 TSI 95 (our pick of the range) averaged a very credible 45.9mpg in our real-world True MPG tests and the more powerful petrols don’t drink like fishes, either. The mild hybrid petrol engines in the Ford Puma are generally even more fuel efficient, though. Official CO2 emissions are comparable with those of the Ford Puma, Skoda Karoq and Volkswagen T-Cross, should you be considering one as a company car.
Equipment, options and extras
Even entry-level SE trim includes 17in alloys, cruise control, air conditioning, contrasting roof colour and metallic paint. Our favourite trim level is SE Technology, mainly for the better infotainment system and parking sensors we mentioned earlier. SE Technology Lux adds a few more toys and isn’t too outlandishly priced, so that's not a bad shout, either.
FR trim is the sporty choice, with enhanced styling and a few extras like climate control and power-folding door mirrors. That's worth considering, but we'd steer clear of the more expensive trims that are harder to recommend unless you get a great deal.
Just remember that Seat doesn’t do options; once you’ve picked your ideal spec the only other thing to choose is the paint colour, which, as we said above, includes metallic finishes on all trim. For more information on the standard kit you get on each model, have a look at our versions and specs page.
The Arona is ranked mid-table in our 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey within the small SUV class. That’s ahead of the Audi Q2 and Volkswagen T-Roc, but the Mini Countryman and Suzuki Vitara are at the top of the pile. Seat as a brand was average too, ranking 15th out of 31 manufacturers; below Hyundai, Kia, Mini and Skoda, but above Volkswagen, Peugeot and Citroen.
All versions of the Arona come with a two-year unlimited-mileage warranty and a third-year warranty that covers you up to 60,000 miles. That’s pretty standard, and certainly not as impressive as the Kia Stonic’s seven-year warranty. Europe-wide breakdown cover is at least included for two years.
You can, of course, pay extra to have your warranty extended if you plan to keep your Arona for longer.
Safety and security
Like many rivals, the Arona was awarded five stars (out of five) for safety by Euro NCAP. Looking into adult protection scores in detail, specifically at how it performs in a crash, it’s on a par with a Volkswagen T-Roc and should protect adults from injury better than a Ford Puma. Both the Puma and T-Roc are better at protecting kids in the back during an impact, though.
It's disappointing that you need to upgrade to FR or Xcellence trim just to get an alarm, which is often standard fit on many of its rivals
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