Seat unveils the Arona SUV

James Marshall
June 27, 2017

Like all SUVs, though, Seat's promising a high-set driving position.

SEAT has doubled its SUV portfolio with the introduction of the all-new Arona.

Alejandro Mesonero, design director at Seat, said: "We wanted to give the New Seat Arona the distinct feel of a crossover, a sturdy auto for everyday life, for the urban jungle".

Look, everyone! It's another new small SUV.

The compact crossover joins the Ateca in Seat's fledgling SUV fleet and with a third model now in development. "We are once again setting new standards in the segment." says Dr. Matthias Rabe, executive vice-president for research and development.

"Technology looks to be a strong point for the Arona, with Front Assist, Adaptive Cruise, Hill Hold, Tiredness Recognition, Auto Lights and Wipers, Keyless, rear-view camera, 8" infotainment and wireless phone charging all in the mix (spec dependant, no doubt). Seat has also given the Arona higher seats - they're 62mm higher than the Ibiza's - and thicker cushions, along with a more upright windscreen, to make the cabin feel more airy and commanding place to sit.

That's over 100 litres more than you get in an Ibiza, and - crucially nearly 50 more than a Juke.

All can be had with either a manual gearbox (with five or six ratios depending on power) or a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission.

There are three different petrol engines to choose from including a three-cylinder, 95PS 1.0-litre TSI unit and the brand's new four-cylinder 150PS TSI with active cylinder deactivation technology. A hot Cupra version with the 197bhp 2.0-litre TSI engine also used in the VW Polo GTI could also follow.

The diesels are based on a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine and offer 94bhp and 113bhp. SEAT has confirmed dual-mode suspension and its Drive Profile with four modes (Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual) will feature on FR editions.

Customisation also plays a big role, with SEAT claiming there are 68 combinations for the Arona's lower and upper body.

A raft of safety systems will be available, including Multi-Collision braking, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Traffic Alert, which monitors traffic when reversing.

Following its launch in Frankfurt this September, the Arona is predicted to go on sale priced from about £14,000, which would slightly undercut the Juke and be about £4000 cheaper than the Ateca. Seat has allocated a total of 900 million euros in investments and R&D expenditure to the Ibiza and Arona.

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