2018 Seat Arona review: Form and function

Introduction

Seat are really giving its competitors a run for their money at the moment with a series of brilliant products. The Seat Ibiza is one of the best hatchbacks out there and it’s a similar story with the Ateca for SUVs. This is the Seat Arona, a compact SUV that’s fighting for class honours in arguably the most crowded segment.

Bodystyle: Compact SUV Seats: 5              Price: From £16,445-£26,230

Did you know? The Arona SUV is named after a municipality  on the Spanish island of Tenerife.

2018 Seat Arona

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict 8.0 / 10

The Seat Arona is quite possibly the best compact SUV of the moment. Good practicality, economy and solid driving manners are all Arona staples.

It lacks the visual creativity of a Hyundai Kona or the customisation of a Citroen C3 Aircross, but its real-world strengths far outweigh having orange door mirrors. It’s a level-headed car for level-headed people.

Arona is good to drive, too, with a pleasing blend of comfort and agility. We still need to drive the diesel engines, but the 1.0-litre petrol is an impressive three cylinder offering. It’s a shame that the larger 1.5-litre EVO engine is restricted to FR trim — we have no idea why, it just seems silly.

Design & Exterior ...