SEAT Arona Review 2022

SEAT Arona At A Glance

4/5
Honest John Overall Rating
Stylish looks, generous equipment levels and punchy petrol engines mean the SEAT Arona is one of the best small crossovers you can buy. A pretty hefty update in 2021 means it remains competitive against the new Ford Puma and Nissan Juke.

+Smooth and comfortable motorway cruiser. Excellent in town with the 1.0 TSI petrol engine. All models are well-equipped as standard. Improved interior on later models.

-Limited engine line-up from 2021. Seating position isn't much higher than a SEAT Ibiza.

New prices start from £17,305, brokers can source from £18,101
Insurance Groups are between 12–18
On average it achieves 82% of the official MPG figure

The SEAT Arona is proof that bigger isn't automatically better when it comes to crossovers. More comfortable, practical and desirable than the majority of its rivals, the Arona is one of the best all-rounders in the small SUV market, while its excellent range of petrol engines make it a great choice for those who want to avoid diesel. Discover all in our SEAT Arona review.

Despite the visual similarities with the Ateca, the SEAT Arona doesn't actually share any of its major components with SEAT's medium size SUV; it's actually based on the same platform as the fourth-gen Ibiza. And that's good news for those who value comfort and value over performance and handling.

The Arona is smooth and predictable to drive, while the ride quality is also excellent. Even sportier models on firm suspension and 18-inch wheels feel comfortable on rough roads. The only area of annoyance is the abundance of wind noise; fit the optional roof rails and the problem becomes quite noticeable at motorway speeds. 

That said, the SEAT Arona gets all the fundamentals right. In terms of size, it's similar to the Juke and Captur, (measuring 4138mm long and 1780mm wide) but the lack of a fancy sliding rear bench means boot space is limited to 400 litres. That's more than you get in a Volkswagen Golf, though, while there's plenty of head and legroom to transport two adults in the rear seats over a long journey in comfort.  

The SEAT Arona works best with petrol-power, with the star of the show being the three-cylinder 1.0 TSI. Not only is it smooth and hushed on the motorway, but it also promises an official 57.6mpg which means you no longer need to default for diesel when it comes to low fuel costs. Most engines are offered with a manual or DSG automatic transmissions. 

While it might seem quite expensive against its rivals, the Arona comes with a lot of equipment as standard. Even basic SE models get 17-inch alloy wheels, two-tone metallic paint, LED daytime running lights and a basic colour touchscreen. SE Technology trim adds parking sensors and a larger infotainment display, along with navigation and full link connectivity for a mobile phone. Only those who want sporty styling or plush interiors will need to spend more on FR or Xcellence spec. 

List price aside, we think the Arona is one of the best all-rounder compact crossovers. More comfortable than the Captur and more practical than the Juke, SEAT's second crossover is another success story for the Volkswagen-backed carmaker. In fact, to find a genuine rival, you have to look towards the T-Roc. However, badge snobbery aside, we think the SEAT wins on value every time. 

We lived with an Arona for six months - find out how we got on with it in our SEAT Arona long term test. Looking for a second opinion? Why not read heycar's SEAT Arona review.  

Ask Honest John

SEAT warranty - can I take my car to a Volkswagen dealer to be serviced?
"I have a SEAT Arona due its first service soon and there is no SEAT dealer near me but there is a decent Volkswagen one. If I get it serviced there will my warranty still be valid and will my service be logged onto SEAT's service history database?"
If the car is on a lease agreement, PCP or some other form of finance (where you are not the legal owner of the vehicle) I suspect the answer to this will be no (but you will need to check the documents you signed when you took out the car to be sure). If you do own the car outright then yes, you can have it serviced outside of the dealer network and maintain the manufacturer warranty. But the garage must use SEAT approved parts and fluids (and show this on an itemised invoice). It's also worth noting that a SEAT Arona with a full SEAT dealer stamped service history will always be more desirable on the used market than one without. Your car may miss out on important software updates and upgrades too, as these are usually applied during the annual service.
Answered by Dan Powell
Looking for a comfortable car - what should I buy?
"I have a Volkswagen Polo TSI Bluemotion 2016, the seats are the most uncomfortable I've sat in and I've had passengers on shorter journeys say they really dislike the seating. I'm fine on short journeys in it, but any longer than 20 minutes and everyone is aching. I'm looking at a Volkswagen T-Cross (I think a Tiguan is a bit big), SEAT Arona or something along those lines. Do you know of any cars in that sort of size range with comfortable seats? My Mum has a Vauxhall Astra Estate (2015) and the seats are SO comfortable (I'm not mad on the car itself, though it does also drive really nicely on motorways)."
The Volkswagen T-Roc is the UK's most comfortable car, according to the latest Honest John Satisfaction Index: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/honest-john-satisfaction-index-2021/honest-john-satisfaction-index-2021-top-10-most-comfortable-cars/ The T-Roc is based on the same mechanical platform as the SEAT Arona, but has better seats that are firmer and more supportive. The higher driving position will also make getting in/out easier for you and your passengers to get in/out.
Answered by Dan Powell
Is the Ford Puma 1.0 MHEV a good car?
"What is your opinion of the Ford Puma Titanium 1.0 EcoBoost MHEV 125PS?"
We are big fans of the Puma 1.0 EcoBoost MHEV. Easy to drive, stylish and comfortable, we rate it as one of the best cars in the compact crossover class. The mild hybrid petrol system is also excellent, providing punchy performance and low fuel costs. However, if you are not 100% sold on the Ford, you may want to consider the Peugeot 2008 and SEAT Arona.
Answered by Dan Powell
Can you recommend a fun and comfortable Volkswagen?
"I’m a Volkswagen Golf fan - I have been for years - but now I need to change my car so that I can transport my elderly parents around. A Golf is too small for my parents to get into, so I need something larger. I don’t want to lose the sportiness and handling of my Golf. I also drive 100+ mile trips quite regularly so need something with good mpg - currently drive a diesel, not particularly fussed with hybrids. Can you suggest any cars that might fit the bill?"
Try a Volkswagen T-Roc. It's like a Golf but with a high seating position and easier access. It's relatively sporty to drive for a crossover SUV, too. The 2.0-litre TDI might make sense for your mileage. Alternatively, take a look at the SEAT Ateca. It's a bit bigger than the T-Roc but sportier to drive.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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What does a SEAT Arona cost?

Buy new from £18,101(list price from £20,730)