Seat Arona review

Category: Small SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Seat Arona 2021 interior infotainment
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  • Seat Arona 2021 interior dashboard
  • Seat Arona 2021 interior rear seats
  • Seat Arona 2021 interior front seats
  • Seat Arona 2021 interior infotainment
  • Seat Arona 2021 front right tracking
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  • Seat Arona 2021 rear right tracking
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  • Seat Arona 2021 front left static
  • Seat Arona 2021 headlight detail
  • Seat Arona 2021 rear lights detail
  • Seat Arona 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Seat Arona 2021 interior steering wheel and dashboard
  • Seat Arona 2021 interior detail
  • Seat Arona 2021 boot open
  • Seat Arona 2021 front cornering
  • Seat Arona 2021 rear cornering
  • Seat Arona 2021 interior dashboard
  • Seat Arona 2021 interior rear seats
  • Seat Arona 2021 interior front seats
  • Seat Arona 2021 interior infotainment
  • Seat Arona 2021 front right tracking
  • Seat Arona 2021 front tracking
  • Seat Arona 2021 rear right tracking
  • Seat Arona 2021 front right tracking
  • Seat Arona 2021 right tracking
  • Seat Arona 2021 front left static
  • Seat Arona 2021 headlight detail
  • Seat Arona 2021 rear lights detail
  • Seat Arona 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Seat Arona 2021 interior steering wheel and dashboard
  • Seat Arona 2021 interior detail
  • Seat Arona 2021 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The Seat Arona is a bit more expensive to buy than some of its direct rivals, including the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, but that's balanced by the fact that even the entry-level SE trim is reasonably equipped. While the Arona doesn’t depreciate as quickly as the Citroën C3 Aircross, most key rivals do hold on to more of their value over three years, with the Ford Puma and Skoda Kamiq proving particularly impressive in this 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. To find out how cheap the Arona is to finance or buy after our Target Price discounts, take a look at the Seat Arona deals on our New Car Buying pages.

Equipment, options and extras

Even entry-level SE trim includes 17in alloys, cruise control, air conditioning, a 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 outlandishly pricey, so that's not a bad choice, either.

The FR and FR Sport trims are the sporty options, with enhanced styling and a few extras, including climate control and power-folding door mirrors. They’re also the only versions come with the firmer sports suspension. The luxury choices are the Xperience and Xperience Lux trims, but we’d steer clear of them unless you find a great deal.

Seat doesn’t do options – once you’ve picked your ideal spec, the only other choice to make is what paint colour to go for.

Overview

The Arona remains a great choice in the small SUV class, and one that undercuts many of its rivals on price. It'll prove spacious enough inside for most people and is one of the more enjoyable cars in this class to drive, too. The Ford Puma is even better to drive, though, and the Skoda Kamiq is roomier, more comfortable and plusher inside.

  • Tidy handling
  • Roomier than many rivals
  • Well equipped
  • So-so interior quality
  • Top trims are too pricey
  • Rivals have more flexible rear seats