Seat Arona review

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Seat Arona
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18 Oct 2017 09:08 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 12:53

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Until recently, Seat had as much experience of building SUVs as Ferrari did mobility scooters. However, the Spanish brand’s first effort, the Ateca, was so good that it won a major gong at our 2017 Car of the Year awards.

Now there's a second, smaller offering: the Arona. Named after a small municipality in Tenerife (Seat has a long-standing tradition of naming its cars after places in Spain), the Arona is based on Seat's Ibiza small hatchback, so is roughly the same size as its closest rivals, the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Suzuki Vitara.

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It's a bit pricier than its peers, but it's still cheaper than the Audi Q2, Mini Countryman and Volkswagen T-Roc. Even the cheapest version comes with a gutsy 94bhp 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, so you shouldn’t need to venture far up the range to find the one you want.

But how does the Arona stack up against its key rivals? And which engine and trim make the most sense? Read on over the next few pages and we'll tell you all you need to know.

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There are 7 trims available for the Arona hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
SE
Even entry-level SE trim gets you 17in alloys, cruise control, air conditioning, automatic headlights, a contrasting-coloured roof and metallic paint. However, we’d still recommend upgrading to SE...View trim
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SE Technology
Gets all the standard kit that comes with entry-level SE trim, but adds a much better infotainment system as well as rear parking sensors. Our favourite trim...View trim
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FR
FR trim is likely to be the most popular choice. Most of the extras you get over SE Technology trim are styling trinkets – different front and rear bumpers and tinted windows, etc – although you do...View trim
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SE Technology Lux
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FR Sport
All the stuff that's standard on FR, plus bigger alloys (18in), Alcantara seats and adjustable suspension. It's a bit too pricey, though...View trim
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Xcellence
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Xcellence Lux
This range-topping trim is based on the regular Xcellence but adds bigger alloys, Alcantara seats, front parking sensors and even a reversing camera. It's much too pricey to recommend, though...View trim
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