Space & practicality

Seat Arona review

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

In this review

Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

SEAT ARONA Hatchback front space

Even if you’re well over six feet tall, you won't have your hair brushing the Arona’s rooflining and the seats slide back far enough to accommodate anyone long in the leg. Shoulder room is also impressive, making the Arona feel as spacious as some cars from the class above.

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The front door bins aren’t the biggest, but there’s a small cubbyhole in front of the gearlever in which to stash your phone or keys, along with a decent-sized glovebox. Meanwhile, the Storage Pack fitted to Xcellence models adds a handy storage drawer under the driver's seats.

SEAT ARONA Hatchback rear space

Yes, the Arona is a small SUV, but you might be surprised by how roomy it is in the back – especially considering Seat’s history of prioritising chiselled looks over practicality.

There's considerably more leg room than in the back of the Nissan Juke, Hyundai Kona and Citroën C3 Aircross, for example, so a couple of six-footers will fit easily. However, carrying three people in the back is, perhaps unsurprisingly, a bit of a squeeze for all concerned. If you need to do that, the Volkswagen T-Roc is a slightly better bet, although you'd be better off with something altogether larger.

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SEAT ARONA Hatchback seating 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 on some rivals, such as the C3 Aircross.

The Arona's rear bench folds down in a 60/40 split, but there are no handles in the boot to make this process easier. Instead, you have to open the rear door and press a button next to the rear head restraints – it's a bit of a faff.

SEAT ARONA Hatchback boot space

The Arona's 400-litre boot dwarfs the Juke’s and the Kona's and is almost a match for a Renault Captur’s. However, you'll fit even more shopping, luggage or bags of compost in a C3 Aircross or T-Roc.

A height-adjustable boot floor comes as standard on all of the Arona's trim levels. In its highest setting, it reduces the lip at the boot entrance and means there’s no annoying step in the floor of the extended load bay when the rear seats are folded down.

 

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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 Lux
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OUR PICK
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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