Accessibility & Motability
Usability for people with disability or their carers
Motability - Access
The Seat Arona gets off to a good start with doors that open to a pretty wide 66 degrees, while a generous gap of 720mm from the seat cushion to the top of the door aperture means that you won’t have to contort yourself too much when getting in and out.
However, at 430mm above the ground (30mm higher than a Hyundai Kona), the tops of the door sills are quite a long way up, so there’s a bigger step up than with a regular hatchback. There’s also a drop of almost 120mm between the tops of the sills and the floor of the car, which is another obstacle to navigate when exiting the vehicle.
It’s a bit of an irritation that you can’t fold down the rear seats from the boot, and the door pockets aren’t terribly big, but at least there are other storage areas dotted around the interior. However, if you choose an Xperience-trimmed model, it comes with a storage pack, which includes a drawer under the front passenger seat, enhancing practicality.
Motability - Ease of use and options
You have a couple of options if you want an Arona with an automatic gearbox. First up, there’s a 108bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine, which provides comparatively sparkly performance and an official average economy figure of up to 47.9mpg. Not to be sniffed at. If you like to get from here to there in a slightly shorter time, the 1.5-litre four-cylinder produces 148bhp but is a little less economical at up to 44.8mpg.