The 2018 SEAT Arona

SEAT Arona 1.0TSI Xcellence Review

The 2018 SEAT Arona
The 2018 SEAT Arona

Caroline reviews the SEAT Arona.

The SEAT Arona is SEAT’s new compact crossover based on the excellent SEAT Ibiza supermini. Sporting a raised ride height and gruffer off-road looks, the SEAT Arona range starts from €17,995 in Ireland and is sure to attract a lot of fans.

For buyers looking for a larger SUV, SEAT already offers the Ateca. But the new SEAT Arona slots neatly into the burgeoning B-SUV segment. The Arona uses the Volkswagen Group’s new small car platform and has been honed and tweaked to make it a formidable competitor in its segment where the Renault Captur currently reigns supreme.

Though compact in size, SEAT has really made great use of the space available. The Arona is one of the roomiest of its ilk and the footwells in the rear are generously sized so it feels anything but cramped back there. The Arona can house a good 400 litres in its boot and the flat loading sill makes it practical for every day use. The rear doors also open wide.

Inside the dashboard design is similar to the SEAT Ibiza supermini so there is a clear, logical layout and a nice mix of materials to add interest to the harder plastics. Infotainment is provided via a 5” or 8” touchscreen depending on model, with Apple Car Play and Android Auto available on all but the base model.

The interior of the SEAT Arona
The interior of the SEAT Arona

In Ireland the Arona is offered in four trims: S, SE, Xcellence and FR. Standard equipment includes electric windows, air con, Bluetooth and Front Assist. SE (from €20,715) adds more including 16” alloys, LED taillights, front fog lights, leather steering wheel and cruise control.

Buyers looking for more equipment and individuality can select an Xcellence or FR model. Both are similarly priced from €22,815, with the Xcellence being pitched as the more upmarket one and the FR pitched as the sporty one with the SEAT Drive Profile Selection to spice things up behind the wheel and sportier styling.

What's the SEAT Arona like on the road?

My Xcellence test car was very well equipped with keyless entry, some updates to styling including special alloys, chrome trim and chrome roof rails, parking sensors and camera, park assist and a special interior finish. Equipped with SEAT’s excellent 1.0TSI petrol 115hp, this model has a competitive list price of €22,815. This model is cheap to run with motor tax costing €200 per year. My fuel economy was 6.5l/100km over a week of driving.

Other engine options include the 1.0TSI petrol with 95hp, 1.5TSI petrol with 150hp and a 1.6TDI diesel with 95hp. But the 1.0TSI really is a star performer in the Arona: it’s nippy and refined with a perfect spread of power whether driving on motorway, town or country roads. Add on top of this the Arona’s agility, quick steering and supple suspension and you have one of the best compact crossovers to drive.

The 2018 SEAT Arona
The SEAT Arona is a delight to drive, roomy and well-priced

It’s fair to say the compact crossover market in Ireland is loaded with competitors but if you go to check out the SEAT Arona you will find a fantastic all-rounder. The Arona offers great space and practicality on board for this class of vehicle. It’s compact, agile and fun to drive making it a great small family car. The Arona is competitively priced with lots of equipment and technology available so deserves to do very well in its segment.

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: SEAT Arona Xcellence 1.0TSI 115hp
€22,815 (Range from €17,995)
Engine: 1.0-litre turbo petrol
Torque: 200Nm
10 seconds
Top speed: 182km/h
CO2 emissions:  
Motor tax: 
€200 per year

SEAT Arona 2017

SEAT Ireland Reveals Pricing For New Arona

The SEAT Arona range will start from €17,995 when it arrives in Ireland in November.

The all-new SEAT Arona is SEAT’s first compact crossover, which is the fastest growing segment in Ireland.

Neil Dalton, Head of Marketing and Product at SEAT Ireland commented: “With every new model we introduce, one of our priorities is to ensure the pricing and specification is competitive for the market here in Ireland, and that we continue to provide value for our customers. We’re confident that we have achieved the best value vehicle in this rapidly growing segment.”

The all-new SEAT Arona is the brand's third new model release in 2017, after the upgraded Leon and the all-new Ibiza. This is yet another addition to the SEAT range in its biggest product offensive ever, which also includes the Ateca and the upcoming large 7 seater size SUV that will be released in late 2018.

The SEAT Arona is available with a range of driver assistance features including Front Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Hill Hold, Fatigue Detection, Rain and Headlight Sensors, Rear Traffic Alert, Multi-Collision Brake, Blind Spot Detection and the Park Assistance System, which works for both parallel and angle parking. Other features include Keyless Entry and Start System, rear camera, premium 8" black panel touchscreen, and a wireless charger with GSM signal amplifier.

In terms of connectivity, Arona features Apple Car Play, Android Auto and Mirror Link. And in the sound department, the new SEAT Arona features optional BeatsAudio with 6 premium speakers, a 300W 8-channel amplifier and a subwoofer in the boot.

The all-new SEAT Arona offers S, SE, FR and Xcellence trims.

The FR trim includes optional dual-mode suspension, and the SEAT Drive Profile with four modes: Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual. Optional equipment is grouped into packages.

There are three different petrol engines to choose from for new Arona in Ireland. The first is the 3-cylinder, 95 PS 1.0 TSI, which is linked to a five-speed manual gearbox. Also available is this same engine but in a 115 PS version (from €20,715), which comes with a six-speed manual gearbox or the dual-clutch seven-speed DSG transmission. The third is the new four-cylinder, 150 PS 1.5 TSI with active cylinder deactivation technology, which is exclusive to the FR trim and is connected to a six-speed manual gearbox.

As for diesel options, the 1.6 TDI will be available with 95 and 115 PS. The 95 PS version can be paired with a five-speed manual transmission or the seven-speed DSG, and the 115 PS with a six-speed gearbox.

The all new SEAT Arona will arrive in Ireland in November. To find out more visit

Caroline Kidd