To put that into context, the Arona offers more luggage space than a Volkswagen Golf, as well as a square opening and a dual-height boot floor to divide the load space. Other engine options are a 1. R ide comfort on the standard inch wheels is perfectly acceptable. The Arona is not a soft-riding car as such, but Seat has managed to strike a good balance between comfort and body control.
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The contrasting panel above the glovebox adds a welcome splash of colour, and all of the controls fall easily to hand. W hile the 5-inch touchscreen on entry-level cars looks somewhat basic, the 8-inch version on SE Technology models and above is superb, marrying crisp graphics with excellent functionality. This includes Apple Carplay and Android Auto, as well as an inbuilt satnav.
That aside the Arona is a simple enough car to control, and refreshingly narrow for an SUV too. The clutch has a clear bite point, the gearbox five-speed on the 94bhp petrol and diesel engines, six-speed on the rest of the range slots easily, and there is at least one version each of the petrol and diesel Arona available with a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic. This is very smooth once on the move but can be a little hesitant when pulling away. It should be noted that no version of the Arona is available with four-wheel drive.
For that try a Suzuki Vitara instead.
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Even the entry-level 94bhp petrol model feels just about quick enough in a straight line to entertain, and is more than up to town driving. In terms of handling the Arona is neat and tidy rather than particularly exciting. The three-year, 60,mile warranty is however somewhat stingy when you think that Hyundai will give you a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty with a Kona, never mind the seven-year, ,mile warranty offered on the Kia Stonic.
W hile it is true to say that the most economical version of the Arona in EU tests is the 1. The likely best-seller is the 1.
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However, due to the way the more powerful 1. Therefore while rivals might beat it on paper, the Seat is among the best performers in real world driving conditions.
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Just as the Arona is not the smallest of these compact crossovers, nor is it the cheapest to buy outright. The range starts at about the same level as the Hyundai Kona, and is thus more expensive than the likes of the Renault Captur and Suzuki Vitara. I t is also the Seat that is cheaper to lease, thanks to its strong residual values. E uro NCAP awarded the Arona a maximum five-star score after putting it through its industry standard crash tests.
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Those in the rear are well catered for and the boot extends that further, with space for litres of wine. Sign in Edit Account Sign Out. Lifestyle Cars Review: Seat Ateca 2. Updated Friday, 6th September , pm.
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