SEAT Arona (2018–)

Model History

October 2017

SEAT Arona launched

Priced from £16,555, the SEAT Arona is the first compact crossover in the Volkswagen Group to use the state-of-the-art vehicle platform, MQB A0, the same as Ibiza.

The trims follow with other SEAT models, with SE, FR and XCELLENCE, but, with each level expanded into additional versions that add in more equipment: SE Technology, FR Sport and XCELLENCE Lux. SE and XCELLENCE First Edition models come even better equipped for a limited period.

The SE grade includes metallic paint as standard, 17-inch alloy wheels, bi-colour roof, black roof rails, chrome front grille, power-adjustable door mirrors, LED daytime running lights and tail lights, front cornering fog lights and automatic headlights.

Inside, there’s air conditioning, height-adjustable front seats, split-folding rear seat, handy double boot floor, electric windows front and rear, chrome detailing and leather trim for the gear knob and handbrake. SEAT’s Media System Colour provides a five-inch touchscreen, six-speaker audio with DAB radio, Bluetooth and aux-in/USB connections.

SEAT’s safety and driver assistance features include Front Assist, Multi-Collision Braking, Hill Hold Control and Tiredness Recognition System. That’s all in addition to cruise control, a full complement of front-side-curtain airbags, active front head restraints and Isofix child seat mounts.

The SE Technology models upgrade with the Connectivity Pack Plus. This provides a larger, eight-inch colour touchscreen and proximity sensor and a navigation package that provides 3D map display and voice control. SEAT Full Link provides seamless connection with compatible smartphones using MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto. There’s also a wireless phone charger, an additional USB port, two SD card slots and rear parking sensors.

The SE Technology First Edition – exclusively with the 1.0 TSI 95 PS engine – gets a Storage Pack (front-centre arm rest, drawer beneath driver’s seat and load anchorage points in the boot), Winter Pack (heated front seats and heated washer nozzles), rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirrors, coming/leaving home headlight functions, heated/folding door mirrors, dual-zone climate control, KESSY keyless entry and go and adaptive cruise control.

Moving up from SE Technology to FR grade, the Arona gains plenty of sporty style, in features such as the 17-inch Dynamic alloys, full LED headlights, chrome roof rails, dark-tinted rear windows, twin tailpipes and (heated/folding) door mirrors with casings that match the contrast roof colour.

Inside, the FR is equipped with sports front seats and an exclusive flat-bottom steering wheel, multi-colour ambient lighting and FR-exclusive trim details, SEAT Drive Profile, rear disc brakes are added, together with an alarm, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, coming/leaving home headlight functions and dual-zone climate control.

The FR Sport models gain larger, 18-inch Performance alloy wheels, Dynamic Chassis Control and black Alcantara upholstery.

XCELLENCE trim includes the Storage Pack, KESSY keyless-entry-and-go, front seatback storage pockets, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

The Arona XCELLENCE Lux has 18-inch Performance alloys, black Alcantara upholstery, the SEAT Drive Profile, front parking sensors, a rear-view camera and Park Assist. But for the no-holds-barred Arona indulgence, the XCELLENCE First Edition packs a powerful Beats Sound System, the Winter Pack and all you need for safe and simple parking manoeuvres – front sensor, rear-view camera and Park Assist.

Engines include three petrol units, starting with the 1.0 TSI 95PS, matched to a five-speed manual gearbox. It is also available in 115PS, and with an extra gear duly added to the transmission. Combined fuel economy is up to 57.6 miles per gallon with 111 g/km of CO2 emissions.

The more powerful version of this three-cylinder unit will also be offered with DSG automatic transmission. FR and FR Sport models will live up to their dynamic looks with exclusive use of the 1.5 TSI 150 EVO engine, which makes adept use of automatic cylinder de-activation. The new Arona will also feature a 1.6 TDI engine, with 95PS or 115PS – the former optionally available with DSG.

The new Arona offers a bright spectrum of colours (including Desire Red and Mystery Blue) and the chance for customers to make their car stand out with up to 30 different combinations, matching or contrasting the finish for the lower body and roof and pillars. Three roof colour choices are available – black, grey and orange.

Version

Engine

Price

Arona SE

1.0 TSI 95 PS

£16,555

Arona SE

1.0 TSI DSG-auto 115 PS

£17,740

Arona SE

1.6 TDI 95 PS

£18,500

Arona SE Technology

1.0 TSI 95 PS

£17,330

Arona SE Technology

1.0 TSI DSG-auto 115 PS

£18,730

Arona SE Technology

1.6 TDI 95 PS

£19,490

Arona SE Technology First Edition

1.0 TSI 95 PS

£18,730

Arona FR

1.0 TSI 115 PS

£19,680

Arona FR

1.0 TSI DSG-auto 115 PS

£20,760

Arona FR

1.6 TDI 95 PS

£21,840

Arona FR

1.5 TSI EVO 150 PS

£21,055

Arona FR Sport

1.0 TSI 115 PS

£20,450

Arona FR Sport

1.0 TSI DSG-auto 115 PS

£21,530

Arona FR Sport

1.6 TDI 95 PS

£22,610

Arona FR Sport

1.5 TSI EVO 150 PS

£21,825

Arona XCELLENCE

1.0 TSI 115 PS

£20,825

Arona XCELLENCE

1.0 TSI DSG-auto 115 PS

£21,825

Arona XCELLENCE

1.6 TDI DSG-auto 95 PS

£23,585

Arona XCELLENCE

1.6 TDI 115 PS

£22,985

Arona XCELLENCE Lux

1.0 TSI 115 PS

£21,880

Arona XCELLENCE Lux

1.0 TSI DSG-auto 115 PS

£22,880

Arona XCELLENCE Lux

1.6 TDI DSG-auto 95 PS

£24,640

Arona XCELLENCE Lux

1.6 TDI 115 PS

£24,040

Arona EXCELLENCE First Edition

1.0 TSI 115 PS

£22,020

July 2018

Digital Cockpit introduced to Arona range

The SEAT Arona is the first crossover on the market to benefit from the 10.25-inch interactive, customisable display, which has already aided drivers in the SEAT Leon and Ateca since January 2018. In the UK, the Digital Cockpit comes as standard in XCELLENCE Lux and FR Sport trim for Arona, Ibiza, Leon and Ateca.

The pixel-dense digital instrumentation not only has a more modern and versatile design, but provides greater functionality, allowing drivers to view everything from classic information found on analogue dials, such as speedometer and tachometer, to full-colour maps and navigation (as optional equipment).

June 2019

SEAT Arona voted best in the 'Ultralight' category in the 2019 Practical Caravan Tow Car Awards.

What does a SEAT Arona (2018) cost?

List Price from £18,330
Buy new from £14,495
Contract hire from £156.56 per month