Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
The Seat Arona engine range kicks off with the 94bhp 1.0 TSI EVO 95. As you set off, it can feel a tad slow to react, but performance is good once you reach mid and high revs. Officially, it’ll get from 0-62mph in 11.4 seconds, which is slightly slower than the entry-level Volkswagen T-Cross, but you won’t really feel the difference. This is our preferred engine, especially for town driving.
For a little more power, the 1.0 TSI 110 offers 108bhp. It pulls better from low revs and feels more energetic in every situation. It also adds the option of a DSG automatic gearbox, which flicks through the gears quickly and smoothly. If you regularly travel on the motorway with a full car, this engine is well worth considering.
If you opt for FR or FR Sport trim, Seat gives you firmer sports suspension. FR Sport also gets 18in alloy wheels, which do affect the ride. With the larger wheels, the Arona is less settled over craggy roads. The same can be said for the top-tier Xperience Lux trim, which gets the 18in rims but not the suspension upgrade.
Regardless of trim, the Arona is never an uncomfortable car, but if comfort is high on your list of priorities, there are even better options in the small SUV category that you might want to consider. The T-Roc is more supple in every situation and the Skoda Kamiq wafts along fairly well, too.