Euro NCAP awarded the Arona a maximum five-star safety rating – the same as its Ibiza sibling. 

Buyer beware 

Wheels: FR Sport models and above come with bigger alloy wheels that are more susceptible to kerb damage, so make sure that no large chunks of metal have been taken out of any of them. 

Servicing: Seat offers fixed prices for servicing and certain maintenance procedures, which may help you to save money on upkeep. At the time of writing, an interim service (every 12 months/10,000 miles) is £209 and a major service (24 months/20,000 miles) is £369.

Our top spec

SE Technology: SE trim carries plenty of standard kit, but we’d suggest going for SE Technology. Its superior infotainment and rear parking sensors are certainly worth the minimal rise in price

Our pick

1.0 TSI 95 This engine is more than capable of dealing with stop-start city traffic and the odd motorway run. Sure, the 1.5 TSI Evo is fun but you’ll have to spend quite a bit more over a similarly specced 1.0 car to get one.

Wild card

1.0 TSI 110 XPERIENCE Lux: Choosing this Arona means that you’ll be getting a nearly new example with lots of kit, but it will come at a premium: used prices start at more than £20,000.



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