Seat Seat Arona Hatchback 1.0 TSI SE 5dr

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6 speakers Standard (ex. VAT)
Beats audio system with 18" space saver spare wheel and luggage compartment lining £404.17 (ex. VAT)
Metallic paint with contrast roof Standard (ex. VAT)
Solid paint with contrast roof Standard (ex. VAT)
Towing device includes 18" spare wheel £566.67 (ex. VAT)
Alarm with back-up horn £150.00 (ex. VAT)
Warranty - 4 Years/75,000 miles £150.00 (ex. VAT)
Warranty - 5 Years/90,000 miles £262.50 (ex. VAT)
Emergency tyre repair kit Standard (ex. VAT)
Space saver spare wheel £91.67 (ex. VAT)
18" space saver spare wheel £91.67 (ex. VAT)
Electric speed sensitive power steering
'Lights On' Reminder warning buzzer
Outside temperature display
Lane keeping system
Seat connect with safety, serivice and remote
Full Link Smartphone Integration with Mirror Link, Apple Car Play, Google Android Auto with USB cable for Apple and Android compatibility
RPM counter
E-call
Cruise control and speed limiter
Trip computer
Digital clock
Low fuel warning light
Bluetooth interface for hands free and audio streaming
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Media system with 8.25" colour touchscreen with USB port (type c)
DAB digital radio and AM/FM radio
Hidden exhaust pipe
Electric adjustable door mirrors
Body coloured door handle inserts
Body coloured bumpers
Body coloured door mirrors
Electric front/rear windows
Automatic activation of hazard warning lights
Visible VIN plate
ECO LED automatic headlights and LED daytime running lights
Black roof rails and window surrounds
Front fog lights with cornering function and rear fog light
Anti theft roof antenna
Dimming rear view mirror
Black window trims
Rain sensing wipers
Windshield wiper with intermittent control and potentiometer
Rear side wing doors
Third brake light
Protective side mouldings
Rear window wash/wipe
Rear spoiler
Dust/pollen filter
Driver sunvisor with covered mirror + card holder
Instrument lighting with brightness control
Gear shift indicator
3 seat bench in 2nd row
Double boot floor
60/40 split folding rear seat
2 cupholders
ISOFIX points in outer rear seats with top tether anchorage points
Honey mustatd coloured air vent
Flat bottomed leather steering wheel/gear knob/handbrake
Single front passenger seat
Two front and three rear height adjustable headrests
Front courtesy light with front reading lights
Grey interior roof
Cloth upholstery
Height adjustable front seats
Passenger sunvisor with vanity mirror
Illuminated boot
Height/reach adjustable steering column
Air conditioning
Interior chrome pack - Arona
Hill hold control
Front and rear seatbelt reminder
Tiredness recognition system
Multi-Collision braking
Child locks on rear doors
Active front headrests
Tyre pressure monitoring system
3 point seatbelts on all rear seats
Driver and front passenger airbags with front passenger airbag de activation, front side and curtain airbags
Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and front assist
Traction control
Electronic stability control
Anti-lock brake system
Locking wheel bolts
Electronic engine immobiliser
Remote central locking + deadlocks
Titan black dashboard
17" Dynamic machined alloy wheels
CO2 124
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 999
Compression Ratio N/A
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 600
Gears 5
Transmission Manual
Combined 52.30
Urban 52.30
Extra Urban 48.70
Badge Engine CC 999
Badge Power 95.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 11.13
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 11.50
Engine BHP 95.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 1110
Engine Torque 175.00
Top Speed 113
Front Tyres 205/55 R17
Rear Tyres 205/55 R17
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 1529
Length 4154
Wheel Base 2566
Width 1780
Fuel Tank Size 40.00
Weight 1710
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 1110
Towing Weight Unbraked 590
Number Of Seats 5

Will It Suit Me?

Suddenly, it seems like everyone has to have an SUV. Even people who'd previously have bought a humble supermini. In fact, the smallest part of the SUV segment is the fastest growing, started by Nissan's Micra-based Juke and Renault's Clio-based Captur and continued by models like the Ibiza-based SEAT Arona model that I thought we'd look at this week. I'm target market here, so this kind of car ought to appeal.

Practicalities

A few years back, this model would have been an estate variant of SEAT's Ibiza. Now buyers want something more interesting than that - and the Arona does its best to provide it. Under the skin, just about everything that matters is Ibiza-based, but the demeanour here is quite different. Like its rivals, this car is trying to give the feel of being a sturdy car for everyday life for the urban jungle, hence the strong protection in the bumpers, the wheel arches and the dark coloured rubber side skirts, as well as the roof rack and the aluminium look-like protection at the bottom of the bumpers. The Arona's dimensions are a bit different from its supermini stablemate too - it's 79mm longer and 99mm taller. That frees up a bit of extra ground clearance for the mythical off-road adventures that likely buyers will never take. More pertinently, it frees up plenty more front and rear headroom, and, above all, a larger boot, with a 400-litre capacity. Not all 'lifestyle' SUVs of this sort sit you high and commandingly these days, but this one does - which also makes it much easier to get in and out of the car. The passenger seats are also 62mm higher than they would be in an Ibiza, while headroom is 37mm greater in the front and 33mm in the rear. The suspension height has been increased by 15mm and the windscreen is slightly more vertical for a roomier interior. I certainly had no trouble fitting in four passengers and a decently-sized supermarket shop.

Behind the Wheel

And on the move? Well if you can tell the difference between this car and the Ibiza it's based upon, you're obviously a better qualified reviewer than I am. Yes, if you really throw the Arona into a bend at speed, there's a tad more bodyroll than you might normally expect, but to be quite frank, I hardly ever drive like that - and I don't think likely buyers do either. You'll want to know about engines, all of them equipped with direct injection and a turbo, as is the modern way. There are three different petrol units to choose from, the headline emphasis being on the usual Volkswagen Group three-cylinder 95PS 1.0 TSI petrol unit, available in 95PS form with a five-speed manual gearbox or in 115PS guise with either a six-speed 'box or dual-clutch seven-speed DSG auto transmission. The third petrol choice is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder 150PS TSI unit with active cylinder deactivation technology, which is exclusive to the 'FR' trim and is connected to a six-speed manual gearbox. Go for that sporty 'FR' trim and you get dual-mode suspension and the 'SEAT Drive Profile' that allows you to alter the steering, throttle response and suspension feel via four modes: 'Normal', 'Sport', 'Eco' and 'Individual'. As for diesel options, the efficient and reliable 1.6 TDI unit is available with 95 and 115PS. The 95PS version can be paired with a five-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed DSG auto, and the 115PS variant with a six-speed gearbox. All Arona models are front-driven: there's not much appetite in this segment for 4WD. I can see why.

Value For Money

Having done a bit of research here for you, I can report that Arona prices start at around £16,500 but expect most variants to sell in the same kind of £18,000 to £24,000 bracket common to the market's two leading small SUVs, Nissan's Juke and Renault's Captur. Trim levels are based around the usual 'SE', 'SE Technology', 'FR', 'FR Sport', 'XCELLENCE' and 'XCELLENCE Lux' SEAT spec options. Buyers like me like to personalise their cars and, sure enough, the Arona meets that need. Colour-wise, the car is divided into two: the lower body on the one hand, and the roof (plus the A- and C-pillars) on the other. The roof can be grey, black, orange or the same colour as the body. Globally, there are apparently no fewer than 68 possible colour combinations. Is it decently equipped? Well if you spend enough, yes. Key equipment features available as options or fitted to plusher models include Auto lights and wipers, a Keyless Entry and Start System, a rear camera, an 8-inch black panel centre-dash infotainment touchscreen, a Park Assistance System and a 'Connectivity Hub' which comes with a Wireless Phone Charger and a GSM signal amplifier. Safety spec will also be crucial to sales interest in this car, so the Arona gets all the latest camera-driven tech, including the brand's 'Front Assist' autonomous braking system, 'Blind Spot Detection' (which stops you from pulling out to overtake when there's a vehicle in your blindspot) and 'Rear Traffic Alert' (which warns you of approaching vehicles if you're reversing out from a space). Other features available include Adaptive Cruise Control, Hill Hold control, a Tiredness Recognition System and Multi-Collision Braking. And running costs? Well the 1.0 TSI petrol turbo unit most buyers will choose should certainly prove to be very frugal. Expect the 95PS version to manage over 55mpg on the combined cycle and under 110g/km of CO2. Obviously, the 1.6-litre TDI diesel will be much better. Expect about 70mpg and about 105g/km. All models get an automatic stop & start system to cut the engine when you don't need it, stuck in traffic or waiting at the lights.

Could I Live With One?

Certainly. The market's now awash with models like this, but the Arona is one of your more appealing options in this class. Buyers don't seem to mind paying a price premium for a bit of extra style and in return, what's served up here is a small runabout you might really feel quite proud about.