Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
Even if you’re well over six feet tall, you won't have your hair brushing the Seat Arona’s high roof lining and the seats slide back far enough to accommodate anyone with long legs. Shoulder room is good too, making the Arona feel as spacious as some cars from the class above. The Volkswagen T-Cross is similarly impressive in this regard, but the bigger Volkswagen T-Roc will suit you better if you're particularly tall.
The front door bins aren’t the biggest but they do have room for a large water bottle, and there are also two smaller cupholders. In front of the gearlever, you get a cubbyhole that doubles as the area for wireless phone-charging on SE Technology trim and above. There's also a decent-sized glovebox, a small recess for loose change and a large cubby behind the handbrake.
Carrying three people in the back of the Arona is, perhaps unsurprisingly, a bit of a squeeze for all concerned. If you’ll regularly need to do that, the wider T-Roc is a slightly better bet.
Seat folding and flexibility
The Arona doesn’t have any clever practicality tricks up its sleeve, such as sliding rear seats or a folding front passenger’s seat. Both are available with some rivals: the Renault Captur and T-Cross get a sliding rear bench, and the rear seats in the Mini Countryman slide and recline.
The Arona's rear bench folds down in a 60/40 split, but there are no release handles in the boot to make this process easier. Instead, you have to open the rear doors and press a button next to the rear head restraints – a bit of a faff.