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Seat Arona review

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Seat Arona
18 Oct 2017 9:8 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 12:53

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Interior layout

The interior layout, fit and finish

SEAT ARONA Hatchback driving position

The Arona's driving position is fundamentally sound, with plenty of seat adjustment and pedals that line up neatly with the steering wheel. However, some of our testers wish the steering wheel retracted slightly farther into the dashboard.

You only feel a little farther from terra firma than you would in a regular small hatchback, so don't expect a proper SUV driving position. If that's a deal-breaker, it's worth bearing in mind that you sit suitably higher in a Citroën C3 Aircross and a Volkswagen T-Roc, although even in those cars Range Rover drivers still seem to be up in the clouds.

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Meanwhile, the Arona's dashboard is logically ordered, with chunky, clearly labelled buttons and an air conditioning control panel that’s angled towards the driver to make it easier to read and operate while you're driving.

SEAT ARONA Hatchback visibility

Fortunately, the Arona’s eye-catching looks haven’t come at the expense of forward visibility. The windscreen pillars don’t obstruct your view too much – even when pulling out of junctions – and the fact that you sit a bit higher up than in a conventional hatchback makes it easier to judge the car’s extremities.

The Arona’s heavily styled rear end does make it trickier to see out of the back when parking. However, all trims apart from entry-level SE come with rear parking sensors, while range-topping Xcellence Lux models also get sensors at the front of the car and a rear-view camera.

Powerful LED headlights are standard on FR trim and above and deliver much better night vision than you get on cheaper versions of the Arona.

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SEAT ARONA Hatchback infotainment

All trim levels get you a touchscreen infotainment system, which grows from 5.0in to 8.0in when you upgrade from entry-level SE to SE Technology. SE Technology is also the entry point for a built-in sat-nav, a DAB radio, wireless phone charging and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring.

The smaller touchscreen is a bit fiddly but the 8.0in version is generally excellent. It's crisp and bright and responds quickly when you prod it, while the menu system is easy to get your head around. This is one of the best infotainment systems in the class, although the fact that it's a touchscreen inevitably makes it a bit distracting to use while driving.

SEAT ARONA Hatchback build quality

The Arona’s close links with the Ibiza are patently obvious here. Indeed, the interiors of both cars are pretty much identical. The Arona's dashboard is built exclusively from hard – mostly grey – plastic, although everything seems sturdily assembled and the leather on the steering wheel doesn't feel cheap or tacky.

The leather-wrapped dashboard face of range-topping models might seem like a small touch, but it’s a trick that Range Rover has been using for years and really helps lift the Arona’s interior.

 

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There are 7 trims available for the Arona Hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
Xcellence Lux
This range-topping trim is based on the regular Xcellence but adds bigger alloys, Alcantara seats, front parking sensors and even a reversing camera. It's much too pricey to recommend, though...View trim
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Xcellence
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FR
FR trim is likely to be the most popular choice. Most of the extras you get over SE Technology trim are styling trinkets – different front and rear bumpers and tinted windows, etc – although you do...View trim
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SE Technology
Gets all the standard kit that comes with entry-level SE trim, but adds a much better infotainment system as well as rear parking sensors. Our favourite trim...View trim
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FR Sport
All the stuff that's standard on FR, plus bigger alloys (18in), Alcantara seats and adjustable suspension. It's a bit too pricey, though...View trim
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SE
Even entry-level SE trim gets you 17in alloys, cruise control, air conditioning, automatic headlights, a contrasting-coloured roof and metallic paint. However, we’d still recommend upgrading to SE...View trim
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