Spanish car maker SEAT has launched its second model into the SUV segment bringing rugged off-road styling along with bundles of classy on-board technology to the small family car scene. And the order books are open now.
It joins its big brother – the Ateca – which was launched last year and boasts bold styling cues that have proved so appealing to compact crossover buyers.
Eye-catching design features include sharp body styling, extra protection around the wheels and sills, plus front and rear scuff plates. And to keep up with modern trends, buyers can personalise their car thanks to the choice of a bright spectrum of colours, including Desira Red and Mystery Blue and 30 colour combinations matching or contrasting the lower body, roof and pillars. There are three roof colours – black, grey and orange – to complete the look.
Arona is available in six generously-equipped trim levels called SE, SE Technology, FR, FR Sport, XCELLENCE and XCELLENCE LUX with prices starting at £16,555 and rising to £22,235. There are also some First Edition models at launch.
Move inside and, depending on trim level, you can expect to see the likes of a Beats sound system, 8-inch colour touchscreen, wireless charger, satellite navigation, dual zone climate control, heated front seats, park assist and rear view camera, adaptive cruise control and plenty more besides. There are very few optional extras so customers can simply choose the spec level that suits their budget and requirements and not face any nasty surprises. This is a policy that has worked exceptionally well for Kia in recent years.
The Arona will be available with a choice of five highly-efficient and punchy engines – three petrol and two diesel - with the Volkswagen Group’s all-new 1.5-litre 150PS turbo EVO engine (as seen in the latest Golf) powering the sporty FR versions. There will also be five or six-speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmissions.
The front-wheel drive Arona is very similar to the company’s excellent Ibiza car, but has been beefed up to SUV proportions. It is three inches longer, has raised ground clearance and is four inches higher which means extra room inside the cabin and an elevated driving position.
Storage options within the spacious car are thorough too with a boot capacity of 400 litres that is increased 823 litres with the rear seats dropped flat.
The SEAT Arona will be facing stiff opposition in the ever-expanding small SUV sector with recent arrivals such as the Kia Stonic and Citroen C3 Aircross vying for sales alongside more established rivals including the Renault Captur and Nissan Juke.
But the Arona will be of particular interest to a younger audience with its sharp-dressed styling, personalisation options and classy interior with full connectivity capabilities on the go.
And for anyone wondering about the name, like all SEAT cars, the Arona takes its name from a Spanish place. Arona can be found on the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands.