What is it?
It’s that difficult second album for Seat. Martorell’s first SUV, the Ateca, arrived somewhat under the radar last year, catching the Qashqai snoozing and sneaking past it on the way to the summit of our crossover class. But such success means the weight of expectation on the new Arona’s shoulders is rather more considerable. You expect it to be good. So do we. So does Seat.
Before we try to answer whether it is or not, where exactly does the Arona fit in the ever-expanding crossover-cum-small-SUV class? Well, it sits on the Ibiza’s MQB A0 architecture, so it is principally a Juke and Captur rival, although the venturing up to the higher rungs of the trim ladder means the price creeps steadily into Audi Q2 and Mini Countryman territory.
As you might expect, the Arona comes with the usual trinkets that all but guarantee success in this market, including a contrasting roof and rear underbody protection. Unlike most rivals, though, the Arona can also be had with quite a few luxuries should you so wish; the likes of adaptive cruise control, keyless entry, wireless phone charging, switchable dampers and even Alcantara seats are all available.