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.