Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
After three years and more than 350,000 units sold, SEAT introduced a facelifted version for its subcompact crossover in 2021.
With all the hype created by the crossover and SUV market, SEAT introduced a new range of vehicles that matched the customers’ preferences. The Arona was the smallest one, followed by the Ateca and Tarraco. They shared three variations of the same MQB platform, with the Arona built on the A0 version.
SEAT decided to switch to LED technology for Arona’s headlights, as a standard feature for the entire range, with Eco LED for the base level and an option for full LED, which was included as standard from the FR upwards trim levels. For the back of the car, SEAT slightly modified the taillights and changed the underbody diffuser.
Inside, the Spanish carmaker introduced a new dashboard design, with an 8.25” touch-screen for the infotainment system included as standard for the base model and a 9.2” from the SE Technology upwards. Exclusively for the FR and Xperience Lux, SEAT installed a wide, 10.25” Digital Cockpit. Like its predecessor, the 2021 model featured two bucket seats at the front and a split-folding bench in the rear. The trunk offered 400 liters (14.1 cu-ft) of space with the seats up and 1,280 liters (45.2 cu-ft) with the backseats folded.
Under the hood, the Arona received a choice of four engines ranged between 90 hp and 150 hp. A 1.0-liter TGI, with gasoline and CNG, was available on selected markets.
With the crossover market growing rapidly, it was the Seat’s turn to unveil their model.
The Seat Arona was launched in 2017 as the brand’s 3rd release, after the facelift version of the Leon and the new Ibiza.
The Arona was the first model in the A0 compact crossover produced by the Spanish brand. Looking like the smaller brother of the Ateca, the Arona was built on the MQB A0 platform.
Everything in the exterior design screamed Seat, with the triangular head and taillights, the grille, the bumpers and the two-tone body color.
For people who enjoyed a high driving position, along with the comfort and the fuel efficiency of a city small car, the Arona was a great choice.
The initial line-up came with 3 petrol engine options: a 1.-liter three-cylinder unit with power ranging between 94 hp and 114 hp. Another 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine was available and it proved 148 hp. Fuel consumption wise, the 1.5-liter was a great choice due its ability to turn off cylinders when suitable.
The entry-level engine was equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission, while the 3-cylinder engines could have been mated with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.
The Diesel engines offered were 1.6-liter units and came with 94 hp or 114 hp.