We think it's one of the best compact SUVs out there, but how will it cope with life at Motor1?

What is it?

It’s Seat’s first compact SUV which joins the booming segment of trendy family cars.

It might not be the most eye-catching car in the class, that honour goes to the bold Hyundai Kona, but it appeals to those who are looking for something a bit more grownup. Our Seat Arona features a contrasting roof to give this quietly styled SUV a bit of character.

You can read about the complete Seat Arona range in our full review, but we went for the entry-level 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. It claims promising fuel economy and represents good value, but does this little 94bhp unit have aspirations beyond the city centre?

Seat Arona
Seat Arona

SE Technology trim is set to be one of the best sellers, so that’s exactly what we’ve opted for. It comes with plenty of kit including wireless phone charging, cruise control and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay.

What we want to find out?

We already know that compact SUVs are finding plenty of homes, but should you replace your regular hatchback with one? Our Arona will face the rigours of family life with young children as well as find itself trawling the motorway to see if its 1-litre engine can cope with regular commuting.

Seat does offer a couple of diesel options for the Arona, but with many looking for efficient petrol alternatives, this could be the pick of the range. Something else to consider is pricing as this Arona is some £3k more costly than its little Ibiza brother – which isn’t drastically smaller on the inside or the outside.

Seat Arona
Seat Arona
Seat Arona

Competition is tough with just about every manufacturer offering its own take on the baby SUV formula. We’ll be putting the Arona against all of its rivals in one of Motor1’s mega tests, so stay tuned for more on that.

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Our car: Seat Arona 1.0 TSI 95 SE Technology

List price

£17,740

Estimated PCP finance

£238pm over 37 months with £2,000 deposit

Options fitted

None

Price as tested

£17,740

Warranty

Three years/60,000 miles

Service intervals

10,000 miles/12 months

 

ENGINE

1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol

TRANSMISSION

Five-speed manual

OUTPUT

93bhp at 5,000rpm; 129lb ft at 2,000rpm

FUEL ECONOMY

57.6mpg; 111g/km CO2

0-62 MPH

10.8 seconds

TOP SPEED

107mph

Seat Arona Longtermer