Without a doubt, the SUV segment is getting increasingly more saturated. This month alone, we were greeted with city-oriented SUVs from the Kia Stonic to the Hyundai Kona, and now - say hello to the 2018 SEAT Arona. Yup, there’s another addition to the already crowded segment. Similar to the Ibiza-mini, the Arona rides on the MQB A0 platform. And despite its familiar design, I’m pretty sure it offers some features the others do not, enabling it to go against more popular brands.
We can begin by comparing it with the Ibiza. Firstly, the SEAT Arona is 79 millimeters longer than the Ibiza, at 4.14 meters. As for the height, the Arona is definitely a winner here, being 99 millimeters higher, giving its front and rear passengers more headroom inside. Another factor that’s important when speaking of measurements would be the cargo space. In this case, the B-segment SUV can fit more of your stuff with 400 liters of luggage - that is, with the rear seats on. The Ibiza, on the other hand, comes close to a 355 liter cargo space, which is huge for a car that size.
To keep competition interesting with players like the Kia Stonic, the Arona will be offering a number of customizations for its customers. For instance, there will be at least 68 colour combinations that buyers can choose from - like the really sweet Eclipse Orange shade. The interior can also be finished with the customer’s liking, so the Arona can give you exactly what you have in mind.
Under the hood is a turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0-liter TSI gasoline engine that can give out 95 horsepower with the six-speed manual, or 115 horsepower with the seven-speed DSG. Only the range topping FR trim will be getting the four-cylinder 1.5-liter TSI, producing a little more at 150 horsepower. For diesel lovers, the Arona has got you covered with a 95 or 115 horsepower 1.6-liter TDI engine.
The Arona will be showcasing the latest infotainment system that’s compatible with both the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. You can opt for BeatsAudio with six speakers and a subwoofer for an additional cost. Optional features that can be added include the LED head- and taillights, dual-zone climate control, and ambient lighting.
SEAT Arona comes in several trims including: Reference, Style, FR, and Xcellence. Like any other sport trims, the FR will come as standard with a dual-mode suspension and four selectable driving modes. It will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show before the year ends, before going on sale.
By next year, Volkswagen, SEAT’s mother company plans to launch a Polo-based subcompact crossover that is equivalent to the Arona.