What's the used Seat Arona hatchback like?
Small SUVs have been growing in popularity lately, because they offer buyers the convenience of a higher driving position (meaning getting in and out is easier), a more practical boot and reasonable running costs. The Arona ticks all of these boxes and even manages to be quite nice to drive, too.
Powering the Arona is a range of petrol and diesel engines that vary in power outputs depending upon which specification you go for. The 1.0 TSI petrol kicks off the range with 94bhp (or 114bhp when matched with an automatic gearbox) in SE and SE Technology cars and rises to 114bhp in FR, FR Sport, Xcellence and Xcellence Lux cars (which also get rear disc brakes, instead of drums). There’s also a 1.5 TSI Evo petrol engine with a very healthy 148bhp available on FR and above. Then there's the 1.6-litre diesel that’s available in 94bhp form in SE and SE Technology cars, or with 114bhp in SE Technology Lux and above.
If you want your small SUV to drive well, you’re in luck. Thanks to the Arona’s compact size and relatively light weight, it can tackle corners with enthusiasm. Its steering is nice and light at town speeds yet weights up progressively around bends at speed. The ride on 17in wheels and standard suspension copes well with the worst road imperfections while still feeling a little bit sporty. The slight mark against the Arona is road noise, which might have you reaching for the volume control on the motorway so you can still hear your tunes.
Those with young families will appreciate the Arona’s big boot, which is bigger than a number of its key rivals'. All models come with a height-adjustable boot floor to assist loading and unloading items. Carrying three in the back will be a squeeze, because the Arona isn’t that wide, but knee room and head room are generous. Up front, even six-footers will have plenty of room, and the steering wheel has plenty of adjustment for most.