The Seat brand is among the lesser known ones in the VW group and it has a somewhat confused identity in the industry. It aims at wooing the peppy urban buyers looking for stylish yet affordable vehicles. However, its vehicles have not been much successful in wooing buyers away from the Japanese and Korean rivals. Now, the company has unveiled the 2019 Seat Arona compact SUV and it does come with enough features, good performance and a tempting price tag to tackle the competition.
However, of late the company has been going through good times with its Ateca midsized SUV garnering rave reviews from all quarters.
2019 Seat Arona Exterior Changes, Updates
The 2019 Seat Arona is aimed at affluent urban buyers mostly the millennial with enough disposable income and looking for a stylish car for urban driving needs. It is roughly the same size as the rivals like Nissan Juke and new Hyundai Kona.
It is based on the company’s popular Ibiza small hatchback. However, the higher ground clearance gives it some edge.
2019 Seat Arona Interior Look
The cabin is actually more spacious than what you think from outside. Cargo space is also generous and you get a moveable boot floor- which is handy. Five adults can be accommodated in its cabin without fuss.
At about 1200 kg- the car is pretty lightweight- making it easy for users to maneuver in pesky urban traffic. The interior may not exactly look lavish- more so in base trims, but you cannot dismiss it as cheap looking either.
Amenities and Safety
The Seat Arona 2019 is decently equipped. The base SE trim gets USB, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, 5-inch color display, cruise control and also a FM/AM radio.
The SE Technology trim adds an 8-inch touch screen, Full Link infotainment setup, navigation, rear parking sensors. Those buying the Xcellence First Edition trim will get a Beats Audio system, Roof color in Black, Grey or Orange as standard, Keyless System and Interior bi-colour ambient light. FR trim adds tinted windows, rain-sensing wipers and climate control. Also, in this trim one will get Chromed roof rails as standard, 18” Performance machined alloy wheels with red clippers and SEAT Drive Profile.
All trims get safety features like automatic emergency braking and TPMS and airbags. The Xcellence trim adds blind spot monitoring. It is on par with segment rivals like the Citroën C3 Aircross and VW T Roc.
2019 Seat Arona Engine Variants
The Seat Arona 2019 is laden with solid powertrains. The 1.0-litre petrol engine with 95 HP output is in base trims. This one engine will be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 11,4 sec. However, one can also get a more powerful 1.6-litre MPI unit that will deliver 81 kW and 155 Nm max torque. This one will go to 60mph in 11 sec. This is also the most quicker engine in this line.
The last one engine is 1.6-litre CR three-cylinder engine that is a reliable performer with 70 KW max power and 250 NM max torque. It is also the fuel mileage king in this segment. From 0 to 60 mph this one is timed at 11,9 sec.
2019 Seat Arona Price and Availability
The 2019 Seat Arona is going to be made available for sale soon. The price is £13,000 or $16.200. This price is quite reasonable.
Summing it up
The 2019 Seat Arona is an amazing compact crossover that punches well above its weight. The styling may not turn heads but it is good looking nevertheless. The cabin is roomy and utility focused. The engine choices are good and amenities leave little to worry about. You also get a good amount of customization for some trims. The Arona will offer rivals like Renault Captur and Mini Countryman a run for their money.