The Arona – dainty of footprint, despite its SUV pretensions – surprises in the same way that Volkswagen’s Up does, which is to say that it’s much more capacious than you’re expecting.
Even with a 6ft 1in road tester in the driver’s seat, there is comfortably enough space for a similarly tall person to sit behind, and head room extends seemingly endlessly, although you’d need the body of a contortionist to squeeze into the middle berth in the rear with adults sat either side of it.
Boot space, meanwhile, is certainly impressive and there’s a height-adjustable floor to ease the ingress of awkward loads.
Once you’re behind the wheel, you’ll be genuinely surprised by very little. The driving position is comfortable, if a little upright and lacking a touch in steering-wheel adjustability, and you enjoy excellent visibility through the Arona’s unusually upright windscreen.
The chiselled dashboard and smart Germanic switchgear are lifted from the Ibiza and make for an attractive if somewhat uninspiring environment that’s at odds with those of French rivals such as the C3 Aircross’s.
The entry-level SE Arona gets a 5.0in touchscreen, although upgrading to SE Technology trim — as tested here — introduces a rather elegant 8.0in alternative (with factory navigation) that gives the cabin a lift, but it's still a business-like and functional, if unerringly neat, interior.