Named after a small municipality in Tenerife, the newest 2018 Seat Arona promises better versatility, agility, and comfort than its rivals. Speaking of rivals, the Arona finds itself in a rather crowded space consisting of rivals such as Suzuki Vitara, Renault Captur, and Nissan Juke.
Since 2015, the compact crossover segment has increased four-fold. Needless to say, this is due to these cars’ abilities to offer appealing attributes such as a spacious interior and superior driving versatility. And the new 2018 Seat Arona’s host of capabilities promise to offer more than just what customers in this segment are used to.
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Debuting during the Frankfurt International Show in 2017, the new Seat Arona represents the biggest product offensive ever carried out by SEAT. And so you know, it isn’t the marque’s first compact crossover. In fact, it is the brand’ third launch, following the Ibiza and the Leon. Furthermore, the Spanish brand’s product offensive doesn’t stop there, as the Ateca and the future large size SUV also feature as well and should be expected to go for sale sometime in 2018.
The 2018 Seat Arona is utterly comfortable, practical, spacious, and remarkably stylish. Also, it is sporty, efficient, robust and adventurous. Add this to the impressive smorgasbord of technology and the infinite number if customization options for refinement, dynamism, and sportiness of the Spanish brand and you’ve got yourself a fine compact crossover option.
“We’re convinced the newest 2018 Seat Arona will mark a fundamental step in the brand’s product offensive. It’ll without a doubt help us take a big leap forward in efforts of increasing our presence at least in the European market,” said President of Seat, Luca de Meo.
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2018 Seat Arona Interior Configuration & Design
The interior is reminiscent of the brand’s DNA. Improving real and perceived quality has been especially emphasized. With a distinct character, beautiful proportions, agile and robust look, the latest 2018 Arona presents yet another example of a functional, young, fresh, comfortable and utterly adventurous design.
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Moreover, the vehicle has the latest in terms of convenience, infotainment, entertainment, and connectivity features. The seats are comfortable and are available with adjusting features to cater to the comfort levels of its passengers.
There’re many personalization options available. For example, there’re many trims, fabrics, shades, and colors for personalization options. For buyers with a knack for color personalization, the newest Seat Arona comes with a whopping 68 possible combinations.
Exterior Dimensions & Trims
Dimensions wise, the newest Seat Arona measures 4,138mm in length, 1,780mm in width, and 1,543 in height. Also, the latest model comes with an impressive 400 liters of space, thereby making it among the best in its class in terms of utility.
Ground clearance is impressive and it does so without overly doing it thus allowing for easy ingress and egress. The wheelbase is 2mm longer than that of the new Arona and Ibiza. These feats, the brand acknowledges, have been as a result of using the MQB platform that is Volkswagen Group’s latest technology.
The Modular Quer Baukasten platform allows for better production flexibility in terms of different models and robust implementation within the same segment with different bodies. The platform also tags along a raft of benefits with it. For example, the Arona not only registers better dynamic behavior but it also gives better overall performance. It brakes well, is aerodynamically stable, is agile, and has great suspension. Also, the steering responds precisely and is quick.
When it comes to trims, the newest model is available with four trims just like the Ibiza, Ateca, and the Leon. The configurations are – Reference, Style, FR, and Xcellence. The entry level configurations emphasize more on safety while also providing impressive levels of comfort, affordability, and simplicity.
The Style configuration is comfortable, practical and stylish. Features available include leather upholstering, air conditioning, matching color bodywork, fog lights, and alloy wheels. There’s also chrome finishing and Bluetooth connectivity.
The top-of-the-range models – Xcellence and FR trims provide creature comforts and, as such, have been designed for customers looking for sophistication and distinction. Although the two have distinct features of their own, they have some that they share between them. For example, fatigue detection and cruise control, rear parking sensor, the dual-colored ambient indoor LED lights, bumper moldings in silver, the glossy black B pillar, chromed window frames and roof rails, and LED day and driver lights.
2018 Seat Arona Specs – Engine Performance
The new model is available with several different engines. The first is a 1.0L TSI 3-cylinder engine capable of generating 95PS. Power is sent to the wheels via the five speed manual transmission. Next is the same engine but with an output rated at 115PS. Transmission options include a seven-speed DSG or a six-speed manual gearbox.
According to the Spanish brand, the 95PS model should be capable of zooming from 0-100km/h in 11.6 seconds and go on to achieve a top speed of 173km/h. In the second case, it should be able to go from 0-100km/h in 9.8 seconds. Its top speed is 182km/h.
Diesel options are available with 95 and 115PS. Pairing is done via a seven-speed DSG or a five-speed manual transmission. Also, expected to be a first for Seat is the introduction of a CNG-powered 1.0L TSI 90 PS engine. This will make it the first manufacturer to offer an engine powered by Compressed Natural Gas.
2018 Seat Arona Release Date & Price
The Arona costs a bit more that it’s direct rivals, such as the Captur and the Juke. Nonetheless, the entry level trims are reasonably equipped and won’t depreciate as quickly as their peers. For example, the entry-level trim model gets you a contrasting-colored roof and metallic paint, automatic headlights, air conditioning, cruise control, and 17-inch alloys. Additionally, C02 emissions and fuel economy are impressive especially on the 1.0L petrols. Pricing starts from 16,555 Euros. It is expected to go for sale starting this fall.