Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Seat Arona hatchback?
The Arona is a small SUV aimed at family car buyers, so check the interior for stains on the carpets and seats and watch out for scratched plastic trim.
Also, have a look at the alloy wheels; FR Sport models and above come with bigger alloy wheels that are more susceptible to kerb damage, so make sure that no large chunks of metal have been taken out of any of them.
What are the most common problems with a used Seat Arona hatchback?
The travel in the handbrake might increase due to the adjuster working loose on examples built between 25 May 2017 and 6 November 2018. Find out from your local Seat dealer if yours is affected, because it'll need to have the handbrake adjusted and then have a locking device added to prevent future issues.
The driver's airbag on Aronas made from 1-17 December 2017 might not inflate fast enough to offer the correct level of protection. Speak to your local Seat dealer for further information; affected cars will need to have the airbag unit replaced with a revised part.
There have been two recalls relating to the rear double seatbelt buckle. The first applies to Aronas manufactured between 1 May 2017 and 26 September 2018 and relates to a design flaw with its rear seatbelts; the weight of the middle passenger shifting to the side during a high-speed emergency lane change could unbuckle the seatbelt of the person sitting next to them. Contact your local Seat dealer to make sure the car you're considering has had a spacer fitted between the two buckles to solve the issue.
The second action applies to a small number of vehicles constructed between 26-27 February 2020 in which the bracket of the seatbelt buckle could have been damaged during manufacture. You can find out from a dealer if yours is affected, and arrange to have the recall work carried out free of charge.
Is a used Seat Arona hatchback reliable?
The Arona came 13th out of 18 small SUVs in the most recent What Car? Reliability Survey. It still had a good score of 93.6%; it was just fairly average for the class as a whole. Seat, as a brand, was a middling performer, ranking 15th out of 31 car manufacturers.
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