Seat enters into the entry-level compact crossover segment with the all-new Arona. Debuted at a special event in Barcelona, the Arona joins the Ateca in the Spanish carmaker’s range of SUVs. It is based on the same MQB A0 platform like Ibiza.
The Arona carries the carmaker’s typical family face and looks like a proper cross between the Ibiza and Ateca. A pair of sharp, triangular, LED headlights dominates the front with Seat grille and large air intakes. It flaunts faux skid plates both fore and aft, and roof rails with body cladding to give it that rugged crossover look. The contrasting roof paired with stylish alloy wheels adds character. As compared to the Ibiza the Arona is 79 mm longer and got a great luggage capacity of 400 liters. Headroom is higher by 37 mm and the Arona rides 52 mm higher than the Ibiza. Seat states that the Arona can be available in 68 different color combinations.
The interior is functional like all Seat vehicles, with an all-black treatment. The center console is slightly tilted towards the driver and the cabin can be chosen with contrasting inserts too to add a little charm to otherwise simple interiors. The eight inch infotainment system is available with smartphone connectivity and also comes with wireless phone charging facility. The Arona comes with many driving aids like adaptive cruise control, hill hold control, tiredness recognition system, multi-collision braking, keyless entry and start system and reverse camera while rear traffic alert, blind spot detection and park assistance system come as optional fitments.
Engine wise, there are three petrol and one diesel engine options, all shared within the VW family. The 1.0-litre three cylinder TSI is available with two outputs – 93bhp and 113bhp and comes mated to either five-speed manual or DSG. Apart from these, there is a 1.5-litre TSI engine producing 148bhp which gets a six-speed manual with cylinder deactivation technology. The oil burner, on the other hand, is a 1.6-litre TDI in two states of tune – 95bhp and 115bhp. A 1.0-litre TGI unit is expected to be offered later as well while a potent Cupra variant is also on the cards.