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2018 SEAT Arona Review

By Matt Zimmerman


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2018 SEAT Arona

The SUVs are losing their fame in some markets. Their huge size, more maintenance cost, and higher fuel mileage becomes a major reason to flow a loss for the SUV markets. While on the other hand there are some spaces where the SUVs are becoming a popular day in and day out.

Well, these are the European and the Asian markets that showed a lot of interest towards the SUVs. And nevertheless, the European and Asian car makers took the benefit of this interest. Among the Europeans, the SEAT majorly took the benefit of the market value. They began with a basic mid-size SUV in 2016. And later they moved to the Arona.

The Arona was introduced during the summer of 2017. During a motor show in Barcelona, the Arona was brought for the first time. Later, during the fall, it was displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This vehicle was highly appreciated in design and structure. And its powertrain was acknowledged through various motor journals. Further, it received various awards based on its design and mechanism. Such as the Car of the Year 2018 award and the Design Award 2018.

Ahead of that, the SEAT Arona is available in 7 different models. The Arona SE is the opener in the series with a price tag of around $22,304. The SE Technology is the next trim available and the SE Technology LUX is the finest basic trim of Arona. Further, the FR and the FR Sport are the sporty editions of this car. While the Excellence and the Excellence LUX are the finest editions available.

Overall, the Arona is a smart SUV with a decent price tag. Certainly, it is a fun to drive a car with a cool interior appointment.


1.0 – 1.6  L5 – speed manual95 – 150 hp129 – 184 lb – ft
0 – 62 MPHTop SpeedBody StyleMPG
8.3s127 mphConvertible32 city/ 36 highway


Hood of 2018 SEAT Arona

The Arona roams around the small-scale drivetrain format. The base option comes with the 1.0 L 3-cylinder engine. The engine caliber is actually 999 cc with 95 hp of power and 129 lb-ft of torque. Well, this configuration is suitable for the higher fuel mileage and lesser maintenance cost.

The upscale version comes with the same engine but with a turbocharger. With this drivetrain you get an additional 20 horses making 115 hp of power. Further, it has 147 lb-ft of torque. Well, this is certainly not the performance vehicle in the Arona series. But it has some guts to show a tidy performance.

If you really need something that you can use to show off power, then go for the Arona FR series. The FR is available with all the same engines with an addition of the 1.5 L 4-cylinder engine. This is the performance machine that you really can try for the speedy outcomes. It comes with 150 good horses making 184 lb-ft of torque. Well, the Arona FR takes 8.3 seconds to launch from 0-62 mph. And it is enough strong to touch 127 mph as the top speed.

Besides the gasoline versions, the Arona is also available for the diesel lovers. The 1.6 L 4-cylinder is the only diesel engine available for the Arona. The base model gets 95 hp of power with 184 lb-ft of torque. While the upscale turbocharged version gets 115 horses to make 184 lb-ft of torque.

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2018 SEAT Arona Exterior

The Arona is a decently shaped SUV. Though it gets a static crossover design. But it looks pretty in that outfit. The sharp LED lights and the large alloy wheels make the design more enchanting. Well, the cosmetics include the LED headlamps, 17 and 18-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, fog lights, a decently sized grille and an option of 9 colors. Overall, the Arona has a nice exterior designing.

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Interior of 2018 SEAT Arona

The SEAT Arona offers a captivating kind of interior. Though it is not too much rich or filled with the ambiance of luxury. But it offers comfort and relaxes environment. The interior ingredient is simple but the appointment is nice. Further, there is plenty of space in both rows of the Arona. You would certainly not complain about the seating space. Along with that, the Arona even offers subtle space for the cargo.

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Features of 2018 SEAT Arona

The SEAT Arona gets the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. This is certainly a basic multimedia system with the options of navigation and smartphone connectivity. Further, it features the telephony, Bluetooth, radio and some other multimedia options.

Besides, the Arona features the keyless entry, wireless phone charging, and engine start and stop button.

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2018 SEAT Arona Safety

Safety matters a lot. The passive safety equipment in this car is sufficient to keep the passengers and the driver safe. Further, there are numerous active safety and driving assistive features for Arona. Like it gets the blind spot detection, the adaptive cruise control and parking assistant with the rearview camera. Ahead of that the Arona even features the tiredness recognizer which alerts the driver to take rest after they have driven the car for some hours. It comes handy while driving on the highways. The other cool feature is the hill start assist and the hill hold control. The hold control keeps the car braked unless you accelerate it on the hill. Well, that is how you can keep the guy behind you safe.

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Skoda Karoq

The other option that you will find besides the SEAT Arona is the Skoda Karoq. The Karoq, on the other hand, has the similar drivetrain options and almost the same interior appointment. The exterior design is the only thing that differentiates both the vehicles.

Well, without any doubt, the SEAT Arona is a decent city car. Its specs and detailing makes it comfortable for the everyday use and the highway joys.



About Matt Zimmerman

Matt is no stranger to the automotive world, writing about cars since 2008 as a contributor for several huge automotive websites such as Car and Driver, AutoEvolution, Motor1, CarAdvice or MotorTrend. A true fan of everything with wheels, his garage includes a dozen of different cars, including an old BMW M3 and a Tesla Model S. Learn more about GCB's Editorial Process.

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