Used Seat Arosa Hatchback 1997 - 2004 review

Category: Small car

Section: Our recommendations

1997 - 2004 review
Seat Arosa Hatchback (97 - 04)
  • Seat Arosa Hatchback (97 - 04)
  • Seat Arosa Hatchback (97 - 04)
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Which used Seat Arosa hatchback should I buy?

Early Arosas came with a choice of four engines - a 50bhp 1.0-litre, 60bhp and 100bhp 1.4 engines, and a 60bhp 1.7-litre diesel - and the 1.0-litre is our pick. It's a bit short of power on the open road, but it's fine around town, and it's the cheapest to buy and run.

The smaller 1.4 is pointless because it's barely any stronger than the 1.0, but the more powerful 1.4 provides some useful extra punch. Don't bother with the diesel, though - it's too sluggish.

The Arosa was facelifted in 2001, and the diesel was replaced with a new, much better 75bhp 1.4-litre unit. This is worth considering, but it is the most expensive version.

You only get a choice of trim level with the 1.0-litre - either standard or S. Standard is basic, but S is much better and won't cost much more. You'll get alloys, power steering, a driver's airbag and electric windows. The other engines only come individually trimmed.

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