SEAT Arona review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
The Arona's 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine promises decent economy
Although the Arona doesn't feature any fuel-saving hybrid technology as such, it does include an energy recovery system which recycles the energy lost under braking to help when moving away from a standstill - helping to reduce fuel usage and lower emissions. A stop-start system is also fitted to all Arona versions.
SEAT claims the 1.0-litre 94bhp version should average up to 51.4mpg on the combined cycle, while the 108bhp variant returns 53.3mpg in six-speed manual form and 47.9mpg when paired with the seven-speed DSG auto gearbox. Despite a sizable power increase, the 148bhp 1.5 TSI still manages 45.6mpg. CO2 emissions range from 121g/km to 143g/km.
SEAT has taken a novel approach to the Arona’s line-up, eschewing the traditional ‘entry-level’ edition which offers a low price, but a basic spec that few customers ultimately choose. As such, the whole Arona range is predicted to have strong residual values; and, with available deposit contributions on finance deals, the car should be at the sharper end of the class on monthly rates.
Although based on the Ibiza, the group rating for the SUV is higher, because while both cars share a lot of security and safety features, the Arona is being pitched at a slightly higher price point. That said, with every Arona sitting between groups 9 and 19, it's on a par with its rivals from Citroen and Hyundai.
SEAT used to have a poor reputation for depreciation, but several key models in the past few years - including the Leon, Ibiza and, in particular, the Ateca SUV - have firmed up the company’s performance in this area. The Arona is one of the more expensive contenders in the small SUV class, but our experts predict that it’ll also hold on to more money than most, with expected residual values in the region of 50% after a typical three-year/36,000-mile ownership period.
One good point about the Arona line-up is that there’s no ‘entry-level’ version with a low list price but next to no standard equipment. This type of vehicle tends to suffer a sharp fall in resale value, but since SEAT has avoided it, pretty much any Arona should have appeal after the usual two, three or four-year period.
In this review
- 1SEAT Arona reviewThe SEAT Arona is a well-rounded small SUV, with refined engines and generous standard equipment
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Arona is hardly rewarding to drive, but it is comfortable, composed and refined
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingThe Arona's 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine promises decent economy
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Arona offers a neat, sophisticated design with standard metallic paint and a contrast roof
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Arona offers a fair amount of space, but few of the practical tricks required to make it a genuine alternative to a family hatchback
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe SEAT Arona should be a dependable and safe family car, as it uses many tried and tested VW Group parts