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SEAT Arona review - Reliability and safety

The SEAT Arona should be a dependable and safe family car, as it uses many tried and tested VW Group parts

Like all modern-day SEATs – and indeed their VW Group counterparts – every Arona should fit the bill as safe family transport. The Arona has been awarded a full five-star Euro NCAP rating, and all cars get six airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounts and tiredness recognition.

Elsewhere, you’ll find every Arona gets tyre pressure monitoring, autonomous emergency braking and front and rear seatbelt reminders. You’ll have to step up to Xcellence trim for rear cross traffic alert and blind spot detection systems, however.

SEAT finished 14th overall in our 2020 Driver Power survey, putting it above Ford and Volkswagen, but below that of Hyundai, Mazda and Skoda. The Arona placed 22nd out of a 75-car list in the owner satisfaction poll. Owners say it’s more child-friendly than the Renault Captur and Kia Stonic, better on fuel than the Nissan Juke and more fun to drive than the Citroen C3 Aircross.


The SEAT Arona comes with an industry-standard three-year/60,000-mile warranty. While that doesn’t set any records, it’s on par with rivals from the rest of the VW Group (Skoda and Volkswagen included), as well as those wearing a Citroen or Peugeot badge. Kia offers the best guarantee in this segment, with its seven-year/100,000-mile warranty. Hyundai’s five-year, unlimited-mileage setup is good for those covering substantial distances, too.


SEAT offers fixed-price servicing on all its models, allowing you to keep a lid on costs and budget effectively during the course of ownership. SEAT will give you a courtesy car, video reports and a two-year warranty on all parts.

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