SEAT Arona MY18

SEAT Arona range: at a glance

  • Arona is the second SUV in SEAT’s line-up, a baby brother to Ateca and sibling to a seven-seat large SUV due for launch in late 2018
  • Arona is the first SEAT model in the fast-expanding compact crossover segment – part of the market that’s grown four-fold since 2015
  • Perfect for everyday urban driving and weekend escapes with its compact size and sense of safety and control communicated by its high driving position
  • The second SEAT model to be built on the Volkswagen Group’s new MQB A0 modular platform, following the All-new Ibiza, reaping significant benefits in chassis performance, ride quality and comfort
  • Arona is a new pillar of the SEAT brand, alongside Ibiza, Leon and Ateca, 100% designed and engineered in Barcelona
  • Production is at SEAT’s Martorell plant, alongside new Ibiza
  • Edgy styling follows design cues common to the Ibiza, Leon and Ateca families, with sculpted lines and accentuated surfaces
  • Available in the UK exclusively as a five-door model with front-wheel drive
  • Initial choice of three petrol and two diesel engines.
  • Petrol units are 1.0 TSI petrol with 95 or 115 PS, the latter with the option of seven-speed DSG auto transmission, plus 1.5 TSI EVO with efficiency-boosting active cylinder deactivation.
  • Diesel choices are a 1.6 TDI with 95 or 115 PS, the former with DSG option (95 PS DSG and 115 PS powertrains to follow post-launch)
  • CO2 emissions from 105 g/km (1.6 TDI 95 PS)
  • Compact dimensions: length 4,138 mm, width 1,780 mm, height 1,543 mm
  • Generous boot space – 400 litres with all seats in place, or 823 litres with rear seats folded (loaded to top of seatbacks). Maximum volume (loaded to roof) 1,280 litres
  • Six trim levels at launch in early 2018: SE, SE Technology, FR, FR Sport, XCELLENCE and XCELLENCE Lux
  • Two additional First Edition versions also on offer during the early part of Arona’s launch programme
  • SE key features: 17” alloys, metallic paint, bi-colour roof/body. Driver Pack with cruise control, Hill Hold Control and Tiredness Recognition, Media System Colour, air conditioning, double boot floor and automatic headlights
  • SE Technology spec’ includes Connectivity Pack Plus with navigation, Full Link smartphone integration, wireless charger, CD player and additional connectivity ports, plus rear parking sensors
  • FR grade with exclusive rear bumper and front grille designs, sports seats, black interior detailing, dark-tinted rear windows, SEAT Drive Profile with four driving modes, climate control air conditioning, chrome roof rails and rain-sensing wipers
  • FR Sport adds 18” machined alloys, dynamic chassis control and Alcantara upholstery
  • XCELLENCE key features include 17” machined alloys, chrome grille trim, storage pack, KESSY keyless entry and go, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, climate control air conditioning and rain-sensing wipers
  • Range-topping XCELLENCE Lux with 18” machined alloys, front parking sensors, rear-view camera, Park Assist, Alcantara upholstery and SEAT Drive Profile with four driving modes
  • Nine exterior colour choices, including new Mystery Blue. These can be combined (according to model grade) with contrast roof finishes in Eclipse Orange, Midnight Black or Monsoon Grey
  • World debut at 2017 Frankfurt motor show. UK orders taken from 3 October ahead of 17 November showroom launch
  • Key competitors Citroën C3 Aircross, Hyundai Kona, Kia Stonic, MINI Countryman, Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008

 

Range overview

Targeting Europe’s fast-growing crossover market

  • An all-new compact crossover, designed, engineered and equipped to compete in a fast-growing market segment
  • Arona is a new SEAT brand pillar, alongside Ateca, Ibiza and Leon
  • Strong dynamic performance founded on the new MQB A0 modular platform
  • Offered with modern, efficient petrol and diesel powertrains
  • Comprehensive, focused equipment grades for UK customers

The Arona is SEAT’s response to the rapidly increasing demand for compact crossovers and forms a significant element in the Spanish brand’s largest product offensive yet, following the introduction of the upgraded Leon, the all-new Ibiza and the hugely successful Ateca. And there’s more to come, with the Arona and Ateca set to be joined by a larger, seven-seat SUV before the end of 2018.

The Arona may be the junior member of SEAT’s new crossover trio, but it plays a crucial role. Its compact size makes it ideal for urban driving, while it benefits from a cleverly packaged interior that’s spacious enough for families on the move. Its versatility makes it as much a stylish, practical and comfortable car for Monday to Friday as it is robust, sport and efficient for the weekend.

Designed, engineered and built in Barcelona at SEAT’s Martorell plant, the new Arona follows the fifth-generation Ibiza in being constructed on the new MQB A0 modular platform, the foundation for impressive handling and ride comfort and quality. It also allows for further deployment of useful, new on-board technology features that raise safety levels and provide a richer, better-connected infotainment package.

The Arona is an object lesson in versatility, combining its modern design and with a sense of safety and control generated by its high driving position and a fundamental practicality – it’s easy to get in and out of and offers plenty of luggage space that’s hassle-free to use.

“The SEAT Arona is another fundamental step in our strategy and our product offensive. It’s the little brother within the SEAT SUV range and a model that will allow us to take a leap forward in our presence in the European market,” Luca de Meo, President of SEAT.

The UK range is designed for a simpler customer experience when it comes choosing the right combination of powertrain and specification. At launch, Arona is available with three petrol engine options and a turbodiesel. The 1.0 TSI three-cylinder turbo petrol unit is available with out puts of 95 or 115 PS, the latter with the option of seven-speed DSG automatic transmission. FR versions can be specified with SEAT’s new 1.5 TSI EVO unit, which makes use of automatic cylinder deactiviation to ensure fuel and emissions-efficient performance when driving in traffic or around town. The 1.6 TDI is initially offered with 95 PS (with six-speed manual transmission), with a 115 PS version and a DSG option set to join the line-up later in the year.

There are three core grades – SE, FR and XCELLENCE, branching out into additional models that introduce a richer specification focused on a particularly quality, namely SE Technology, FR Sport and XCELLENCE Lux. In addition, First Edition iterations of SE Technology and XCELLENCE available during the Arona’s launch period, ramp up the equipment levels even higher.

As a result of this specification-focused strategy, there is no options list – even metallic paint comes as standard on all Arona models. Thus, customers are not forced to compromise their budgets when it comes to securing just the car they want, and the buying process becomes streamlined and easy to navigate.

The strength in depth of the Arona’s specification is evident right from SE grade, which comes with 17-inch alloys, cruise control, SEAT Media System, automatic headlights and DAB reception. SE Technology adds rear parking sensors and the Connectivity Pack Plus, with eight-inch colour touchscreen, navigation system, wireless charger and Full Link smartphone integration.

The FR adds sports-themed exterior and interior details, including dark-tinted rear windows, FR bumpers and front grille and flat-bottom steering wheel. Climate control, an alarm- rain-sensing wipers and the SEAT Drive Profile are also part of the package. FR Sport adds 18” machined alloys, Alcantara upholstery and dynamic chassis control to the mix.

XCELENCE versions make life easier, safer and more comfortable with Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and KESSY keyless entry and go. Going further still, XCELLENCE Lux specification brings in 18” machined alloys, front parking sensors, a rear-view camera and Park Assist, plus the SEAT Drive Profile and Alcantara upholstery.

Design

Contemporary styling for modern life

  • Every inch the contemporary SEAT, sharing design cues with its brother Ateca model and sporting SUV-influenced details
  • Compact exterior dimensions make for agile and easy urban driving
  • Spacious five-seat interior with generous boot space – 400 litres with all seats in place
  • Introduction of new, driver-focused digital cockpit design
  • Huge range of contrast exterior colour customisation options for the bodywork and roof

Like the all-new Ibiza, the Arona has a design that’s been developed in Barcelona. It marks another decisive step in the evolution of SEAT design and serves as another demonstration of how the Spanish brand has become one of the most dynamic brands in the automotive industry. With its balanced proportions, distinct character and robust, agile look, the new Arona is a further example of the fresh, young, functional, adventurous and comfortable design that SEAT has developed.

Exterior design
The Arona’s compact exterior dimensions are ideal for agile around-town driving yet stable motorway and B-road handling. It measures 4,138 mm long, 1,780 mm wide and 1,543 mm high and has a city-friendly 10.6 m turning circle (wall-to-wall). There’s also generous ground clearance and a commanding, high driving position.

The design is based on three core concepts: lifestyle, technology and dynamism. It doesn’t target a specific customer group, but rather transcends age barriers to appeal to families with or without children, couples who want to enjoy their free time to the maximum and anyone who sets store in having a car that’s comfortable, spacious and fun-to-drive, fettled with the latest, easy-to-use technology.

The Arona shares some of the design DNA of the Ateca, its larger, brother SUV in the SEAT line-up. Its robust frontal area has the same structure as Ateca’s, but with a more pronounced, but not aggressive, look. Details include carefully considered location of the number plate on the tailgate, allowing for a more robust rear bumper design and giving the car a more elevated appearance.

At the front, the triangular headlamp units make the Arona immediately recognisable, while the large tail light clusters, which bridge the rear flanks and tailgate, emphasise the car’s width. SEAT’s characteristic side blisters give the overall design a pleasing sense of tension.

Alejandro Mesonero Romanos, Design Director at SEAT, said: “We wanted to give the Arona a distinct crossover character, for day to day life and for the urban jungle.” That thinking drove the design of the bumpers, wheel arches and grey side skirts, as well as the roof rails and the front and rear under-runs with stand-out aluminium finish, rich in details that reference off-roaders.

Using larger, 17 or 18” wheels adds to the car’s high-running look. Five designs are available: Dynamic with Brilliant Silver finish with 10 or (for FR grades) five spokes, or with 10 spokes and a machined finish (XCELLENCE grades); and Performance 18” rims in black (FR Sport) or silver (XCELLENCE).

Customisation
Today’s motorists value the opportunity to put their personal stamp on their vehicle through customisation options and the new Arona addresses this with a superb range of exterior body and contrast roof colours. The lower body and the roof and A and C pillars are coloured differently, with the rear pillar cut through with an X graphic stamped into the sheet metal. There are nine body colours to choose from, including new Mystery Blue. According to model grade, the roof can be finished in Eclipse Orange, Midnight Black or Monsoon Grey, or can be colour-matched to the principal body colour.

On SE and SE Technology grades, the door mirror housings are in the body colour; on higher grades they match the roof finish.

Interior design
The Arona personality is expressed just as clearly in its five-seat interior, defined by horizontal proportions that put the emphasis on the car’s width, generating a sense of spaciousness. The design is sophisticated as well, with attention paid to details that reinforce the perception of all-round quality.

The High Console Concept gives more prominence to this area in the front of the cabin, with an impact on safety and ergonomics. Every element is position so that the driver barely has to take their eyes away from the road ahead: instruments are oriented towards the driver and everything is within close reach for easy operation or adjustment.

The Arona marks SEAT’s advance to delivering a fully digital cockpit, one that is already equipped to accommodate the company’s European industry-first provision of the Amazon Alexa interactive assistant, available for UK customers later in 2018.

New seat designs offer higher levels of comfort and support, finished in a range of upholsteries. Orgad blue cloth features in SE and SE Technology models; Nora Black FR cloth for FR grade; black Alcantara for the FR Sport; Titan black cloth with contrast stitching for XCELLENCE; and Titan black Alcantara for the XCELLENCE Lux.

Owners can match the interior ambience to suit their mood with SEAT’s multi-colour LED interior lighting system, which is provided as standard on FR grade and above.

The interior design also provides for generous load space, with 400 litres available with all seats in place, or 823 litres with rear seats folded (loaded to top of seatbacks). Maximum volume (loaded to roof) 1,280 litres. A double boot floor adds to the convenience of the storage space, creating a flat load floor when the rear seats are folded down.

Technology

Complete connectivity

  • All Arona models equipped with impressive technology features
  • SEAT Media System Plus fitted to all versions
  • All grades apart from SE also feature Connectivity Pack Plus with multiple connectivity options
  • Full Link smartphone integration and new Beats audio system

The Arona goes even further than the new Ibiza in providing customers with technology features more commonly associated with larger, higher-grade models. This recognises the importance customers place on being able to stay connected, in touch and informed when they are on the move, with access to their social media channels and, of course, their music libraries.

SEAT Media Systems
SEAT’s commitment to providing customers with the best infotainment technology, all versions of the new Arona excepting entry-level SE grade come as standard with Connectivity Pack Plus. This covers all bases in terms of connectivity and seamless integration of personal devices.

The pack equips the car with SEAT’s Media System Plus, with an 8” colour touchscreen and proximity sensor. There’s also a navigation system with 3D mapping and voice recognition, plus Full Link for smartphone integration while on the move (see below). Further features include a wireless charger, GSM antenna, two USB ports, a pair of SD card slots and, for good measure, an Aux-in socket.

SE versions of new Arona are fitted with Media System Colour with Media System Touch, including a 5” colour touchscreen.

All models have a six-speaker audio package with FM/AM radio and DAB reception, plus Bluetooth for audio streaming and hands-free phone use.

SEAT Full Link
Keeping connected while you’re on the move is made simple and seamless with SEAT Full Link smartphone integration. The system, part of the Convenience Pack Plus (see above), is compatible with each of the principle operating platforms – MirrorLink, Android Auto and Apple Car Play.  The result is easy online access, with minimum distraction from the job of driving. Users can sync their email, social media lists and digital playlists using the Seat Media System touchscreen.

Linked to Apple Car Play, the system currently opens access to functions including phone, messaging, music and apps. MirrorLink enables safe smartphone operation by mirroring the phone’s screen on the touchscreen. The system also enables easy connection for a growing number of compatible android devices. Android Auto provides and alternative way of using navigation, communication and music apps, via the touchscreen rather than the phone itself.

Beats sound system
The new Arona XCELLENCE First Edition is fitted with a Beats sound system. The Beats brand has a great reputation for premium sound entertainment that brings energy, emotion and excitement to music lovers. It comprises a digital signal processor, six speakers, a 300W amplifier and a high-end subwoofer.

KESSY – keyless entry and start
Get in, turn on, drive off: the sequence couldn’t be simpler than with KESSY, SEAT’s keyless entry and start system. It’s standard on all XCELLENCE grades and on the SE Technology First Edition, and also features a starter button with a pulsing heartbeat glow.

Safety and security

A turning point in active, passive and preventive safety

  • New Arona pushes the boundaries of standard safety specifications, benefiting from advanced systems as standard
  • Front Assist, Tiredness Recognition, Hill Hold Control and Multi-Collision Brake fitted to all versions of the new Arona
  • Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Detection standard on higher grades

The new Arona marks a turning point in its class where active, passive and preventive safety are concerned, being equipped with a wide range of advanced driver assist systems – many of them provided as standard across the full range.

These are designed to support safe driving in many different scenarios, whether it’s using Park Assist for precise parking manoeuvres, taking prompts from the Tiredness Recognition system to take a break from the wheel, or avoiding the risk of low-speed traffic bumps with the intervention of Front Assist. Available aids include automatic LED headlights and rain-sensing wipers, Hill Hold Control, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control. And, of course, all these are in addition to the basic provision of a full complement of front, side and curtain airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounts with top tethers, ABS, Emergency Braking Assist, Electronic Stability Control and a tyre pressure warning system.

Front Assist
Front Assist, featured as standard right across the Arona range, uses a radar sensor mounted on the front of the car to constantly monitor the distance between the Ibiza and the vehicle ahead. If it calculates that there is a risk of a collision, it will trigger a warning light and sound to alert the driver. If the driver then fails to apply the brakes firmly enough to avoid an impact, the system will generate the necessary extra braking force. In the event of the driver failing to take any action in response to the warnings, Front Assist will automatically apply emergency braking.

Multi-Collision Brake
The Multi-Collision Brake detects when the car has been involved in an accident, for example if an airbag has been fired, and applies the brakes. This helps prevent or lessen the severity of a subsequent impact, should the driver have lost consciousness or the ability to control the vehicle in some way. At the same, the hazard warning lights and brake lights are illuminated.  All versions of the new Arona benefit from this system.

Tiredness Recognition
The Tiredness Recognition system detects when the driver has become tired and sounds an alert, recommending they take a break from the wheel. The system learns the driver’s style of driving over the course of journey, monitoring the way the steering wheel is used. It notices when there’s a particular deviation from the normal pattern of behaviour that may be a sign that the driver has become tired and is losing attention. At that point it will sound an alert and light up a warning on the information display in the instrument binnacle. The system is fitted to all new Arona models.

Adaptive Cruise Control
Adaptive Cruise Control will automatically keep the car a safe, regulated distance from the vehicle in front, slowing the car as necessary and then automatically accelerating to the pre-set cruising speed when the road is clear. The system is fitted to the XCELLENCE and XCELLENCE Lux models, plus the limited-run First Edition models.

Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Detection
By equipping the Arona with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Detection, SEAT provides the driver with a better all-round awareness of hazards that might lurk unseen. The camera controlled systems scan the area immediately behind and alongside the vehicle, warning the driver of approaching traffic when reversing out of a parking place, or of vehicles travelling in an adjacent lane. The technology is a feature on all XCELLENCE and XCELLENCE Lux models.

Dynamics

Agility, stability and comfort

  • Arona follows new Ibiza in adopting the new MQB A0 modular platform
  • MQB A0 delivers multiple benefits in terms of chassis strength and rigidity, vehicle handling and ride comfort
  • Availability of SEAT Drive Profile to tailor vehicle performance to suit the driver’s preference or the road conditions

The new Arona may have a high-riding look, but its use of the MQB A0 platform, its chassis engineering, suspension geometries and steering calibration all contribute to a secure, stable and agile drive that provides a high level of ride comfort for everyone on board.

MQB A0 Platform
The MQB A0 platform (Modular Quer Baukasten – in translation, Modular Transverse Matrix) has been the key to delivering a great cockpit for the driver and giving the car excellent dynamic performance. The platform also allows for greater manufacturing flexibility, more robust implementation and the ability to produce different models with different bodies within the same market segment.

The platform can be adapted to support vehicles with different wheelbases – as illustrated by the fact the Arona has a 2 mm longer wheelbase than the All-new Ibiza.

SEAT has allocated €900 million for investment and R&D for the new Ibiza and Arona. This included adapting the number one assembly line at the Martorell factory to accommodate the MQB A0 platform. This made SEAT the first company in the Volkswagen Group to use the new technology.

The MQB A0 platform brings specific advantages to the Arona, not least in weight-saving. The SEAT is one of the lightest cars in its segment which supports better performance, lower fuel consumption and, above all, better dynamic behaviour. The Arona is agile, safe and has excellent ride and stability and, where engines with more than 100 PS are fitted, an XDS limited slip differential is fitted, ensuring even more sure-footed performance.

Suspension
The Arona uses an independent MacPherson strut-type front suspension, with a semi-rigid axle at the rear. Coil springs and hydraulic shock absorbers are used both fore and aft.

Brakes
Stopping power is delivered by ventilated front discs and solid rear discs. Front disc diameter is 276 mm; at the rear it’s 228 mm for the 1.0 TSI and 1.6 TDI models and 230 mm elsewhere in the range.

SEAT Drive Profile
SEAT Drive Profile, standard on FR, FR Sport and XCELLENCE Lux versions of the Arona, allows the driver to select between Comfort, Eco and Sport modes, plus a fourth Individual setting that lets them combine their preferred elements from the other three. Each mode adapts the responsiveness of the steering, throttle and gearbox to suit different driving scenarios and driver preferences. Operation is simple, using the SEAT Media System Plus touchscreen.

From a driver experience point of view, SEAT Drive Profile distinguishes Sport and Comfort modes most obviously. In Sport mode, for example, the resistance of the electro-mechanical power steering is altered so that it feels heavier. In addition, the response of the accelerator pedal is changed, requiring less movement to open up the throttle fully, giving it a ‘sharper’ feel. 

With a DSG-equipped car, the gearbox is programmed to hold onto each of its seven gears longer in Sport mode – right up to the rev limiter when the car is being driven enthusiastically.

By contrast, in Comfort mode the steering is given more assistance for a lighter feel, and the throttle sharpness eased off, conducive to smoother driving and lower fuel use. Similarly, the DSG automatic transmission (where fitted) will shift to a higher gear at the earliest opportunity, lowering engine speed on the move and making for an altogether more relaxed driving experience.

In Eco mode the Start/Stop engine function is activated automatically, and the climate control settings are altered to reduce energy consumption. In cars with manual transmissions, the optimum gearshift points are signalled via a read-out on the multi- information screen in the instrument binnacle.

Ownership

Efficient power and exceptional specifications

  • Arona features latest-generation SEAT powertrains
  • 1.0 TSI petrol unit with 95 and 115 PS, giving near-equal fuel economy and CO2 emissions performance, from 57.6 mpg and 111 g/km
  • Arona FR and FR Sport models available with new 1.5 TSI EVO engine, with automatic cylinder deactivation – capable of 0-62mph in 8.3 seconds, yet returning an official 55.4 mpg
  • 1.6 TDI turbodiesel engine with 95 PS and six-speed manual transmission offered at launch, with DSG automatic and 115 PS version to follow later in 2018
  • Six generously equipped model grades – SE, SE Technology, FR, FR Sport, XCELLENCE and XCELLENCE Lux
  • Additional high-spec’ First Edition versions of the SE Technology and XCELLENCE grades, available for a limited time during Arona’s UK launch period
  • Model range designed to simplify customer choice – generous specifications remove the need for a complex options list

Engine range
All the powertrains available for the new Arona are focused on driving ability and comply with the latest EU6 emissions standards. All are engineered with turbocharging and direct fuel injection and make good use of an automatic stop/start system and energy recovery to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency.

There are three petrol units, each constructed with a lightweight aluminium block. In order of output, they start with the 1.0 TSI 95 PS, matched to a five-speed manual gearbox; this engine is also available with a 115 PS output, and with an extra gear duly added to the manual transmission. This higher-powered version also has the option of a seven-speed dual clutch DSG automatic.

The 95 PS unit demonstrates the exceptional fuel and emissions performance achieved by this new generation of lightweight, compact, three-cylinder TSI units, registering 57.6 mpg and 111 g/km of CO2 in official combined cycle testing. Even when an extra 20 PS are on tap, the picture still looks good, matching the fuel economy figures (with 17-inch wheels) and nudging the CO2 level up by just a couple of grams per kilometre. There’s even little or no penalty in taking the DSG auto option: 56.5 mpg and 113 g/km.

FR and FR Sport models have exclusive use of the 1.5 TSI EVO engine, mustering 150 PS – enough to nail nought to 62mph in just 8.3 seconds. Thanks to this engine’s adept use of automatic cylinder de-activation when the going is gentler, fuel economy and emissions belie its power. The combined cycle statistics are 55.4 mpg and 115 g/km of CO2.

The new Arona is also offered with a 1.6 TDI engine, with 95 or 115 PS – the former optionally available with DSG. At launch just the 95 PS manual is available, with the other powertrains coming on stream later in 2018. True to the excellent reputation of SEAT’s TDI’s for flexible performance, money-saving fuel economy and low emissions, the 1.6 TDI 95 PS has a combined cycle figure of 70.6 miles for every gallon, matched by a modest 105 grams of CO2 from every kilometre driven.

Performance and fuel efficiency

Petrol engines

Engine

1.0 TSI 95 PS

1.0 TSI 115 PS

1.0 TSI 115 PS

1.5 TSI EVO 150 PS

Gearbox

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

7-speed DSG

6-speed manual

Fuel economy (mpg) 

 

 

 

 

Urban

46.3

47.9/47.18*

49.6

44.8

Extra urban

67.3

65.7/64.2*

62.8

64.2

Combined

57.6

57.6/56.5*

56.5

55.4

COemissions (g/km)

111

113/114*

113

115

0-62 mph

11.2

9.8

10.0

8.3

Top speed (mph)

107

113

113

127


* Values for models with 18” wheels

Diesel engine

Engine

1.6 TDI 95 PS

1.6 TDI 95 PS

1.6 TDI 115 PS

Gearbox

5-speed manual

7-speed DSG

6-Speed manual

Fuel economy (mpg) 

 

 

 

Urban

61.4

TBC

TBC

Extra urban

76.3

TBC

TBC

Combined

70.6

TBC

TBC

CO2 emissions (g/km)

105

TBC

TBC

0-62 mph

11.9

TBC

TBC

Top speed (mph)

107

TBC

TBC

Equipment highlights
The SE grade may be “step one” in the new Arona range, but it’s still several rungs up the specification ladder compared to many entry-level models, including coming with metallic paint as standard – usually a £500-plus extra where rivals are concerned.

The exterior features include 17-inch alloy wheels, bi-colour roof, black roof rails, chrome front grille, power-adjustable door mirrors, LED daytime running lights and tail lights, front (cornering) fog lights and automatic headlights. Inside, there’s air conditioning, height-adjustable front seats, split-folding rear seat, handy double boot floor, electric windows front and rear, chrome detailing and leather trim for the steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake. SEAT’s Media System Colour provides a five-inch touchscreen, six-speaker audio with FM/AM/DAB radio, Bluetooth and Aux-in/USB connections.

SEAT’s comprehensive safety and driver assistance features include Front Assist, Multi-Collision Braking, Hill Hold Control and Tiredness Recognition System. That’s all in addition to cruise control, a full complement of front-side-curtain airbags, active front head restraints and ISOFIX child seat mounts.

For anyone wanting more sophisticated connectivity and navigation features, the SE Technology models upgrade with the Connectivity Pack Plus. This provides a larger, eight-inch colour touchscreen and proximity sensor and a navigation package that provides 3D map display and voice control. SEAT Full Link enables seamless connection with compatible smartphones using MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto. There’s also a wireless phone charger, an additional USB port, two SD card slots and rear parking sensors.

This isn’t the limit of possibilities with SE models, as the SE Technology First Edition – available during the Arona’s launch period, exclusively with the 1.0 TSI 95 PS engine – goes even further. Extra kit includes a Storage Pack (front-centre arm rest, drawer beneath driver’s seat load anchorage points in the boot), Winter Pack (heated front seats and heated washer nozzles), rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, coming/leaving home headlight functions, heated/folding door mirrors, dual-zone climate control, KESSY keyless entry and go and adaptive cruise control.

Moving up from SE Technology to FR grade, the Arona gains plenty of sporty style, in features such as the 17-inch Dynamic alloys, full LED headlights, chrome roof rails, dark-tinted rear windows, twin tailpipes and (heated/folding) door mirrors with casings that match the contrast roof colour. Inside, the FR is equipped with sports front seats and an exclusive flat-bottom steering wheel, multi-colour ambient lighting and FR-exclusive trim details. SEAT Drive Profile lets the driver adjust vehicle performance and handling through four different modes (Normal/Sport/Eco/Individual) and the suspension is sports-tuned for sharper handling. Rear disc brakes are added, together with an alarm (interior and perimeter monitoring), rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, coming/leaving home headlight functions and dual-zone climate control.

For hotter looks and even more agile performance, the FR Sport models gain larger, 18-inch Performance alloy wheels, Dynamic Chassis Control and black Alcantara upholstery.

Nearing the pinnacle of the Arona line-up, XCELLENCE trim majors on convenience and sophistication, matching the FR specification minus the dedicated sports features. Additional elements include the Storage Pack, KESSY keyless-entry-and-go, front seatback storage pockets, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

The Arona XCELLENCE Lux raises the bar with 18-inch Performance alloys, black Alcantara upholstery, the SEAT Drive Profile, front parking sensors, a rear-view camera and Park Assist. But for the no-holds-barred Arona indulgence, the XCELLENCE First Edition packs a powerful Beats Sound System, the Winter Pack and all you need for safe and simple parking manoeuvres – front sensor, rear-view camera and Park Assist.

Options
There’s nothing to see here. Seriously, SEAT’s new “EASY” concept makes life simpler for the customer by offering comprehensive equipment specifications, tailored to each trim level and price point, so there’s no need to pore over a lengthy options list and risk breaking the budget.

SEAT Arona SE grade equipment features

Exterior
Bi-colour roof
Front fog lights with cornering function
LED daytime running lights
LED tail lights and licence plate illumination
Body colour door handles
Body colour door mirror housings
Chrome grille frame
Electrically adjustable door mirrors
Concealed tailpipe

Interior equipment
Driver and front passenger sun visors with mirror
Front courtesy light and reading light
Interior ambient light
Rear-view mirror with dimming function
Illuminated boot
Double boot floor
Two cupholders
Interior chrome trim details

Seats and trim
Height-adjustable driver and front passenger seats
Height adjustable front and rear headrests
Split-folding rear seats (60:40)
Leather steering wheel, handbrake and gear knob trim
“Orgad” blue cloth upholstery

Functional and mechanical
Air conditioning with dust and pollen filter
Electric front and rear windows, one-touch with anti-squeeze
Height and reach-adjustable steering wheel
Speed-sensitive electro-mechanical power steering
Comfort suspension
Cruise control
Automatic headlights

Instrumentation
Tachometer
Trip computer
Outside temperature gauge
Digital clock
Instrument lighting brightness control
Low fuel warning light
Lights-on warning buzzer
Gearshift indicator

Infotainment
FM/AM radio
DAB reception
Six speakers
Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free phone operation
Media System Colour/Touch
5-inch colour touchscreen
USB port
Aux-in
SD card slot
Steering wheel-mounted controls

Wheels and tyres
17” Dynamic 10-spoke Brilliant Silver alloy wheels
205/55R17 tyres
Emergency tyre repair kit

Safety and security
Driver and front passenger airbags
Front passenger airbag deactivation
Front side and curtain airbags
Active front head restraints
ABS
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
Hill hold control
Tyre pressure monitoring
Front assist
Multi-Collision Braking System
Hill Hold Control
Tiredness Recognition System
Automatic warning lights
Electronic engine immobiliser
Folding, remote keys with window open/close function
Front seatbelt reminders
ISOFIX child seat points with top tether anchorages on outer rear seats
Remote central locking with deadlocks
Rear door child locks
Locking wheel bolts
Anti-theft roof antenna
VIN visible in windscreen

SE Technology grade adds:

Infotainment
Connectivity Pack Plus: -
Media System Plus with 8” colour touchscreen and proximity sensor
Navigation System with 3D mapping and voice recognition
2 USB ports
Aux-in
2 SD card slots

Functional and mechanical
Rear parking sensors

FR grade adds to SE trim:

Exterior
Full LED headlights
Dark-tinted rear windows
Roof colour-matching door mirror casings
Electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors
Chrome window trim
Chrome roof rails
Twin exhaust pipes

Interior equipment
Multi-coloured ambient lighting
Flat-bottom FR steering wheel

Seats and trim
FR sports seats
 “Nora” black cloth upholstery

Functional and mechanical
Dual-zone climate control
Rain-sensing wipers
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
Coming/leaving home headlight function
Steering wheel-mounted gearshift paddles (with DSG transmission)
SEAT Drive Profile
Normal/Sport/Eco/Individual drive modes
Steering and throttle response
Gear shifts mode (with DSG transmission)
Sports suspension

Wheels and tyres
17” Dynamic five spoke Brilliant Silver alloy wheels
205/55R17 tyres

Safety and security
Rear disc brakes (engines with more than 100 PS)
Alarm with perimeter/interior monitoring

FR Sport grade adds: -

Seats and trim
Black Alcantara upholstery

Functional and mechanical
Dynamic chassis control

Wheels and tyres
18” Performance machined alloy wheels
215/45R18 tyres

XCELLENCE grade adds to the SE Technology specification:

Exterior
Full LED headlights
Chrome roof rails
Chrome front grille inserts
Roof colour-matching door mirror housings
Electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors
Chrome window trim

Interior equipment
Multi-coloured ambient LED lighting
Chrome trim details
Front seatback storage pockets
Storage Pack: -
Front centre armrest
Drawer beneath driver’s seat
Mounting fixtures in boot

Seats and trim
Titan black cloth upholstery with contrast stitching
Front seatback storage pockets

Functional and mechanical
Dual-zone climate control
KESSY keyless entry and go
Rain-sensing wipers
Adaptive cruise control
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
Coming/leaving home headlight function

Wheels and tyres
17” Dynamic machined 10-spoke alloy wheels
205/55R17 tyres

Safety and security
Blind spot detection
Rear cross traffic alert

XCELLENCE Lux adds: -

Functional and mechanical
Rear-view camera
Park Assist
Front parking sensors
SEAT Drive Profile
Normal/Sport/Eco/Individual drive modes
Steering and throttle response
Gear shifts mode (with DSG transmission)

Seats and trim
Black Alcantara upholstery with contrast stitching

Wheels and tyres
18” Performance Brilliant Silver alloy wheels
215/45R18 tyres

Warranty and servicing
The new Arona comes with the peace-of-mind protection of a three-year/60,000-mile manufacturer’s warranty. Customers can also purchase extensions of one, two or three years. SEAT customers are also entitled to three years’ free accident and repair cover, operating in parallel to the customer’s main motor insurance policy. SEAT Roadside Assistance, including European cover, is provided as part of the package for the first two years of vehicle ownership. Terms and conditions apply.

A range of service plans are available, with the option of budget-friendly monthly payment plans. These can cover two or three-year periods and transferable (when fully paid) if the car is sold during that time. They allow servicing to be carried out by any official SEAT dealership in the nationwide network.

About SEAT
SEAT is the only company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets cars in Spain. A member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting 80% of its vehicles, and is present in over 80 countries through a network of 1,700 dealerships. In 2017, SEAT achieved worldwide sales of nearly 470,000 vehicles.

The SEAT Group employs close to 14,700 professionals at its three production centres – Barcelona, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell, where it manufactures the highly successful Ibiza, Leon and Arona. Additionally, the company produces the Ateca and the Toledo in the Czech Republic, the Alhambra in Portugal and the Mii in Slovakia. 

The multinational has a Technical Centre, which operates as a knowledge hub that brings together 1,000 engineers who are focused on developing innovation for Spain’s largest industrial investor in R&D. SEAT already features the latest connectivity technology in its vehicle range and is currently engaged in the company’s global digitalisation process to promote the mobility of the future.

SEAT Arona MY18

SEAT Arona range: at a glance

  • Arona is the second SUV in SEAT’s line-up, a baby brother to Ateca and sibling to a seven-seat large SUV due for launch in late 2018
  • Arona is the first SEAT model in the fast-expanding compact crossover segment – part of the market that’s grown four-fold since 2015
  • Perfect for everyday urban driving and weekend escapes with its compact size and sense of safety and control communicated by its high driving position
  • The second SEAT model to be built on the Volkswagen Group’s new MQB A0 modular platform, following the All-new Ibiza, reaping significant benefits in chassis performance, ride quality and comfort
  • Arona is a new pillar of the SEAT brand, alongside Ibiza, Leon and Ateca, 100% designed and engineered in Barcelona
  • Production is at SEAT’s Martorell plant, alongside new Ibiza
  • Edgy styling follows design cues common to the Ibiza, Leon and Ateca families, with sculpted lines and accentuated surfaces
  • Available in the UK exclusively as a five-door model with front-wheel drive
  • Initial choice of three petrol and two diesel engines.
  • Petrol units are 1.0 TSI petrol with 95 or 115 PS, the latter with the option of seven-speed DSG auto transmission, plus 1.5 TSI EVO with efficiency-boosting active cylinder deactivation.
  • Diesel choices are a 1.6 TDI with 95 or 115 PS, the former with DSG option (95 PS DSG and 115 PS powertrains to follow post-launch)
  • CO2 emissions from 105 g/km (1.6 TDI 95 PS)
  • Compact dimensions: length 4,138 mm, width 1,780 mm, height 1,543 mm
  • Generous boot space – 400 litres with all seats in place, or 823 litres with rear seats folded (loaded to top of seatbacks). Maximum volume (loaded to roof) 1,280 litres
  • Six trim levels at launch in early 2018: SE, SE Technology, FR, FR Sport, XCELLENCE and XCELLENCE Lux
  • Two additional First Edition versions also on offer during the early part of Arona’s launch programme
  • SE key features: 17” alloys, metallic paint, bi-colour roof/body. Driver Pack with cruise control, Hill Hold Control and Tiredness Recognition, Media System Colour, air conditioning, double boot floor and automatic headlights
  • SE Technology spec’ includes Connectivity Pack Plus with navigation, Full Link smartphone integration, wireless charger, CD player and additional connectivity ports, plus rear parking sensors
  • FR grade with exclusive rear bumper and front grille designs, sports seats, black interior detailing, dark-tinted rear windows, SEAT Drive Profile with four driving modes, climate control air conditioning, chrome roof rails and rain-sensing wipers
  • FR Sport adds 18” machined alloys, dynamic chassis control and Alcantara upholstery
  • XCELLENCE key features include 17” machined alloys, chrome grille trim, storage pack, KESSY keyless entry and go, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, climate control air conditioning and rain-sensing wipers
  • Range-topping XCELLENCE Lux with 18” machined alloys, front parking sensors, rear-view camera, Park Assist, Alcantara upholstery and SEAT Drive Profile with four driving modes
  • Nine exterior colour choices, including new Mystery Blue. These can be combined (according to model grade) with contrast roof finishes in Eclipse Orange, Midnight Black or Monsoon Grey
  • World debut at 2017 Frankfurt motor show. UK orders taken from 3 October ahead of 17 November showroom launch
  • Key competitors Citroën C3 Aircross, Hyundai Kona, Kia Stonic, MINI Countryman, Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008

 

Range overview

Targeting Europe’s fast-growing crossover market

  • An all-new compact crossover, designed, engineered and equipped to compete in a fast-growing market segment
  • Arona is a new SEAT brand pillar, alongside Ateca, Ibiza and Leon
  • Strong dynamic performance founded on the new MQB A0 modular platform
  • Offered with modern, efficient petrol and diesel powertrains
  • Comprehensive, focused equipment grades for UK customers

The Arona is SEAT’s response to the rapidly increasing demand for compact crossovers and forms a significant element in the Spanish brand’s largest product offensive yet, following the introduction of the upgraded Leon, the all-new Ibiza and the hugely successful Ateca. And there’s more to come, with the Arona and Ateca set to be joined by a larger, seven-seat SUV before the end of 2018.

The Arona may be the junior member of SEAT’s new crossover trio, but it plays a crucial role. Its compact size makes it ideal for urban driving, while it benefits from a cleverly packaged interior that’s spacious enough for families on the move. Its versatility makes it as much a stylish, practical and comfortable car for Monday to Friday as it is robust, sport and efficient for the weekend.

Designed, engineered and built in Barcelona at SEAT’s Martorell plant, the new Arona follows the fifth-generation Ibiza in being constructed on the new MQB A0 modular platform, the foundation for impressive handling and ride comfort and quality. It also allows for further deployment of useful, new on-board technology features that raise safety levels and provide a richer, better-connected infotainment package.

The Arona is an object lesson in versatility, combining its modern design and with a sense of safety and control generated by its high driving position and a fundamental practicality – it’s easy to get in and out of and offers plenty of luggage space that’s hassle-free to use.

“The SEAT Arona is another fundamental step in our strategy and our product offensive. It’s the little brother within the SEAT SUV range and a model that will allow us to take a leap forward in our presence in the European market,” Luca de Meo, President of SEAT.

The UK range is designed for a simpler customer experience when it comes choosing the right combination of powertrain and specification. At launch, Arona is available with three petrol engine options and a turbodiesel. The 1.0 TSI three-cylinder turbo petrol unit is available with out puts of 95 or 115 PS, the latter with the option of seven-speed DSG automatic transmission. FR versions can be specified with SEAT’s new 1.5 TSI EVO unit, which makes use of automatic cylinder deactiviation to ensure fuel and emissions-efficient performance when driving in traffic or around town. The 1.6 TDI is initially offered with 95 PS (with six-speed manual transmission), with a 115 PS version and a DSG option set to join the line-up later in the year.

There are three core grades – SE, FR and XCELLENCE, branching out into additional models that introduce a richer specification focused on a particularly quality, namely SE Technology, FR Sport and XCELLENCE Lux. In addition, First Edition iterations of SE Technology and XCELLENCE available during the Arona’s launch period, ramp up the equipment levels even higher.

As a result of this specification-focused strategy, there is no options list – even metallic paint comes as standard on all Arona models. Thus, customers are not forced to compromise their budgets when it comes to securing just the car they want, and the buying process becomes streamlined and easy to navigate.

The strength in depth of the Arona’s specification is evident right from SE grade, which comes with 17-inch alloys, cruise control, SEAT Media System, automatic headlights and DAB reception. SE Technology adds rear parking sensors and the Connectivity Pack Plus, with eight-inch colour touchscreen, navigation system, wireless charger and Full Link smartphone integration.

The FR adds sports-themed exterior and interior details, including dark-tinted rear windows, FR bumpers and front grille and flat-bottom steering wheel. Climate control, an alarm- rain-sensing wipers and the SEAT Drive Profile are also part of the package. FR Sport adds 18” machined alloys, Alcantara upholstery and dynamic chassis control to the mix.

XCELENCE versions make life easier, safer and more comfortable with Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and KESSY keyless entry and go. Going further still, XCELLENCE Lux specification brings in 18” machined alloys, front parking sensors, a rear-view camera and Park Assist, plus the SEAT Drive Profile and Alcantara upholstery.

Design

Contemporary styling for modern life

  • Every inch the contemporary SEAT, sharing design cues with its brother Ateca model and sporting SUV-influenced details
  • Compact exterior dimensions make for agile and easy urban driving
  • Spacious five-seat interior with generous boot space – 400 litres with all seats in place
  • Introduction of new, driver-focused digital cockpit design
  • Huge range of contrast exterior colour customisation options for the bodywork and roof

Like the all-new Ibiza, the Arona has a design that’s been developed in Barcelona. It marks another decisive step in the evolution of SEAT design and serves as another demonstration of how the Spanish brand has become one of the most dynamic brands in the automotive industry. With its balanced proportions, distinct character and robust, agile look, the new Arona is a further example of the fresh, young, functional, adventurous and comfortable design that SEAT has developed.

Exterior design
The Arona’s compact exterior dimensions are ideal for agile around-town driving yet stable motorway and B-road handling. It measures 4,138 mm long, 1,780 mm wide and 1,543 mm high and has a city-friendly 10.6 m turning circle (wall-to-wall). There’s also generous ground clearance and a commanding, high driving position.

The design is based on three core concepts: lifestyle, technology and dynamism. It doesn’t target a specific customer group, but rather transcends age barriers to appeal to families with or without children, couples who want to enjoy their free time to the maximum and anyone who sets store in having a car that’s comfortable, spacious and fun-to-drive, fettled with the latest, easy-to-use technology.

The Arona shares some of the design DNA of the Ateca, its larger, brother SUV in the SEAT line-up. Its robust frontal area has the same structure as Ateca’s, but with a more pronounced, but not aggressive, look. Details include carefully considered location of the number plate on the tailgate, allowing for a more robust rear bumper design and giving the car a more elevated appearance.

At the front, the triangular headlamp units make the Arona immediately recognisable, while the large tail light clusters, which bridge the rear flanks and tailgate, emphasise the car’s width. SEAT’s characteristic side blisters give the overall design a pleasing sense of tension.

Alejandro Mesonero Romanos, Design Director at SEAT, said: “We wanted to give the Arona a distinct crossover character, for day to day life and for the urban jungle.” That thinking drove the design of the bumpers, wheel arches and grey side skirts, as well as the roof rails and the front and rear under-runs with stand-out aluminium finish, rich in details that reference off-roaders.

Using larger, 17 or 18” wheels adds to the car’s high-running look. Five designs are available: Dynamic with Brilliant Silver finish with 10 or (for FR grades) five spokes, or with 10 spokes and a machined finish (XCELLENCE grades); and Performance 18” rims in black (FR Sport) or silver (XCELLENCE).

Customisation
Today’s motorists value the opportunity to put their personal stamp on their vehicle through customisation options and the new Arona addresses this with a superb range of exterior body and contrast roof colours. The lower body and the roof and A and C pillars are coloured differently, with the rear pillar cut through with an X graphic stamped into the sheet metal. There are nine body colours to choose from, including new Mystery Blue. According to model grade, the roof can be finished in Eclipse Orange, Midnight Black or Monsoon Grey, or can be colour-matched to the principal body colour.

On SE and SE Technology grades, the door mirror housings are in the body colour; on higher grades they match the roof finish.

Interior design
The Arona personality is expressed just as clearly in its five-seat interior, defined by horizontal proportions that put the emphasis on the car’s width, generating a sense of spaciousness. The design is sophisticated as well, with attention paid to details that reinforce the perception of all-round quality.

The High Console Concept gives more prominence to this area in the front of the cabin, with an impact on safety and ergonomics. Every element is position so that the driver barely has to take their eyes away from the road ahead: instruments are oriented towards the driver and everything is within close reach for easy operation or adjustment.

The Arona marks SEAT’s advance to delivering a fully digital cockpit, one that is already equipped to accommodate the company’s European industry-first provision of the Amazon Alexa interactive assistant, available for UK customers later in 2018.

New seat designs offer higher levels of comfort and support, finished in a range of upholsteries. Orgad blue cloth features in SE and SE Technology models; Nora Black FR cloth for FR grade; black Alcantara for the FR Sport; Titan black cloth with contrast stitching for XCELLENCE; and Titan black Alcantara for the XCELLENCE Lux.

Owners can match the interior ambience to suit their mood with SEAT’s multi-colour LED interior lighting system, which is provided as standard on FR grade and above.

The interior design also provides for generous load space, with 400 litres available with all seats in place, or 823 litres with rear seats folded (loaded to top of seatbacks). Maximum volume (loaded to roof) 1,280 litres. A double boot floor adds to the convenience of the storage space, creating a flat load floor when the rear seats are folded down.

Technology

Complete connectivity

  • All Arona models equipped with impressive technology features
  • SEAT Media System Plus fitted to all versions
  • All grades apart from SE also feature Connectivity Pack Plus with multiple connectivity options
  • Full Link smartphone integration and new Beats audio system

The Arona goes even further than the new Ibiza in providing customers with technology features more commonly associated with larger, higher-grade models. This recognises the importance customers place on being able to stay connected, in touch and informed when they are on the move, with access to their social media channels and, of course, their music libraries.

SEAT Media Systems
SEAT’s commitment to providing customers with the best infotainment technology, all versions of the new Arona excepting entry-level SE grade come as standard with Connectivity Pack Plus. This covers all bases in terms of connectivity and seamless integration of personal devices.

The pack equips the car with SEAT’s Media System Plus, with an 8” colour touchscreen and proximity sensor. There’s also a navigation system with 3D mapping and voice recognition, plus Full Link for smartphone integration while on the move (see below). Further features include a wireless charger, GSM antenna, two USB ports, a pair of SD card slots and, for good measure, an Aux-in socket.

SE versions of new Arona are fitted with Media System Colour with Media System Touch, including a 5” colour touchscreen.

All models have a six-speaker audio package with FM/AM radio and DAB reception, plus Bluetooth for audio streaming and hands-free phone use.

SEAT Full Link
Keeping connected while you’re on the move is made simple and seamless with SEAT Full Link smartphone integration. The system, part of the Convenience Pack Plus (see above), is compatible with each of the principle operating platforms – MirrorLink, Android Auto and Apple Car Play.  The result is easy online access, with minimum distraction from the job of driving. Users can sync their email, social media lists and digital playlists using the Seat Media System touchscreen.

Linked to Apple Car Play, the system currently opens access to functions including phone, messaging, music and apps. MirrorLink enables safe smartphone operation by mirroring the phone’s screen on the touchscreen. The system also enables easy connection for a growing number of compatible android devices. Android Auto provides and alternative way of using navigation, communication and music apps, via the touchscreen rather than the phone itself.

Beats sound system
The new Arona XCELLENCE First Edition is fitted with a Beats sound system. The Beats brand has a great reputation for premium sound entertainment that brings energy, emotion and excitement to music lovers. It comprises a digital signal processor, six speakers, a 300W amplifier and a high-end subwoofer.

KESSY – keyless entry and start
Get in, turn on, drive off: the sequence couldn’t be simpler than with KESSY, SEAT’s keyless entry and start system. It’s standard on all XCELLENCE grades and on the SE Technology First Edition, and also features a starter button with a pulsing heartbeat glow.

Safety and security

A turning point in active, passive and preventive safety

  • New Arona pushes the boundaries of standard safety specifications, benefiting from advanced systems as standard
  • Front Assist, Tiredness Recognition, Hill Hold Control and Multi-Collision Brake fitted to all versions of the new Arona
  • Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Detection standard on higher grades

The new Arona marks a turning point in its class where active, passive and preventive safety are concerned, being equipped with a wide range of advanced driver assist systems – many of them provided as standard across the full range.

These are designed to support safe driving in many different scenarios, whether it’s using Park Assist for precise parking manoeuvres, taking prompts from the Tiredness Recognition system to take a break from the wheel, or avoiding the risk of low-speed traffic bumps with the intervention of Front Assist. Available aids include automatic LED headlights and rain-sensing wipers, Hill Hold Control, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control. And, of course, all these are in addition to the basic provision of a full complement of front, side and curtain airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounts with top tethers, ABS, Emergency Braking Assist, Electronic Stability Control and a tyre pressure warning system.

Front Assist
Front Assist, featured as standard right across the Arona range, uses a radar sensor mounted on the front of the car to constantly monitor the distance between the Ibiza and the vehicle ahead. If it calculates that there is a risk of a collision, it will trigger a warning light and sound to alert the driver. If the driver then fails to apply the brakes firmly enough to avoid an impact, the system will generate the necessary extra braking force. In the event of the driver failing to take any action in response to the warnings, Front Assist will automatically apply emergency braking.

Multi-Collision Brake
The Multi-Collision Brake detects when the car has been involved in an accident, for example if an airbag has been fired, and applies the brakes. This helps prevent or lessen the severity of a subsequent impact, should the driver have lost consciousness or the ability to control the vehicle in some way. At the same, the hazard warning lights and brake lights are illuminated.  All versions of the new Arona benefit from this system.

Tiredness Recognition
The Tiredness Recognition system detects when the driver has become tired and sounds an alert, recommending they take a break from the wheel. The system learns the driver’s style of driving over the course of journey, monitoring the way the steering wheel is used. It notices when there’s a particular deviation from the normal pattern of behaviour that may be a sign that the driver has become tired and is losing attention. At that point it will sound an alert and light up a warning on the information display in the instrument binnacle. The system is fitted to all new Arona models.

Adaptive Cruise Control
Adaptive Cruise Control will automatically keep the car a safe, regulated distance from the vehicle in front, slowing the car as necessary and then automatically accelerating to the pre-set cruising speed when the road is clear. The system is fitted to the XCELLENCE and XCELLENCE Lux models, plus the limited-run First Edition models.

Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Detection
By equipping the Arona with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Detection, SEAT provides the driver with a better all-round awareness of hazards that might lurk unseen. The camera controlled systems scan the area immediately behind and alongside the vehicle, warning the driver of approaching traffic when reversing out of a parking place, or of vehicles travelling in an adjacent lane. The technology is a feature on all XCELLENCE and XCELLENCE Lux models.

Dynamics

Agility, stability and comfort

  • Arona follows new Ibiza in adopting the new MQB A0 modular platform
  • MQB A0 delivers multiple benefits in terms of chassis strength and rigidity, vehicle handling and ride comfort
  • Availability of SEAT Drive Profile to tailor vehicle performance to suit the driver’s preference or the road conditions

The new Arona may have a high-riding look, but its use of the MQB A0 platform, its chassis engineering, suspension geometries and steering calibration all contribute to a secure, stable and agile drive that provides a high level of ride comfort for everyone on board.

MQB A0 Platform
The MQB A0 platform (Modular Quer Baukasten – in translation, Modular Transverse Matrix) has been the key to delivering a great cockpit for the driver and giving the car excellent dynamic performance. The platform also allows for greater manufacturing flexibility, more robust implementation and the ability to produce different models with different bodies within the same market segment.

The platform can be adapted to support vehicles with different wheelbases – as illustrated by the fact the Arona has a 2 mm longer wheelbase than the All-new Ibiza.

SEAT has allocated €900 million for investment and R&D for the new Ibiza and Arona. This included adapting the number one assembly line at the Martorell factory to accommodate the MQB A0 platform. This made SEAT the first company in the Volkswagen Group to use the new technology.

The MQB A0 platform brings specific advantages to the Arona, not least in weight-saving. The SEAT is one of the lightest cars in its segment which supports better performance, lower fuel consumption and, above all, better dynamic behaviour. The Arona is agile, safe and has excellent ride and stability and, where engines with more than 100 PS are fitted, an XDS limited slip differential is fitted, ensuring even more sure-footed performance.

Suspension
The Arona uses an independent MacPherson strut-type front suspension, with a semi-rigid axle at the rear. Coil springs and hydraulic shock absorbers are used both fore and aft.

Brakes
Stopping power is delivered by ventilated front discs and solid rear discs. Front disc diameter is 276 mm; at the rear it’s 228 mm for the 1.0 TSI and 1.6 TDI models and 230 mm elsewhere in the range.

SEAT Drive Profile
SEAT Drive Profile, standard on FR, FR Sport and XCELLENCE Lux versions of the Arona, allows the driver to select between Comfort, Eco and Sport modes, plus a fourth Individual setting that lets them combine their preferred elements from the other three. Each mode adapts the responsiveness of the steering, throttle and gearbox to suit different driving scenarios and driver preferences. Operation is simple, using the SEAT Media System Plus touchscreen.

From a driver experience point of view, SEAT Drive Profile distinguishes Sport and Comfort modes most obviously. In Sport mode, for example, the resistance of the electro-mechanical power steering is altered so that it feels heavier. In addition, the response of the accelerator pedal is changed, requiring less movement to open up the throttle fully, giving it a ‘sharper’ feel. 

With a DSG-equipped car, the gearbox is programmed to hold onto each of its seven gears longer in Sport mode – right up to the rev limiter when the car is being driven enthusiastically.

By contrast, in Comfort mode the steering is given more assistance for a lighter feel, and the throttle sharpness eased off, conducive to smoother driving and lower fuel use. Similarly, the DSG automatic transmission (where fitted) will shift to a higher gear at the earliest opportunity, lowering engine speed on the move and making for an altogether more relaxed driving experience.

In Eco mode the Start/Stop engine function is activated automatically, and the climate control settings are altered to reduce energy consumption. In cars with manual transmissions, the optimum gearshift points are signalled via a read-out on the multi- information screen in the instrument binnacle.

Ownership

Efficient power and exceptional specifications

  • Arona features latest-generation SEAT powertrains
  • 1.0 TSI petrol unit with 95 and 115 PS, giving near-equal fuel economy and CO2 emissions performance, from 57.6 mpg and 111 g/km
  • Arona FR and FR Sport models available with new 1.5 TSI EVO engine, with automatic cylinder deactivation – capable of 0-62mph in 8.3 seconds, yet returning an official 55.4 mpg
  • 1.6 TDI turbodiesel engine with 95 PS and six-speed manual transmission offered at launch, with DSG automatic and 115 PS version to follow later in 2018
  • Six generously equipped model grades – SE, SE Technology, FR, FR Sport, XCELLENCE and XCELLENCE Lux
  • Additional high-spec’ First Edition versions of the SE Technology and XCELLENCE grades, available for a limited time during Arona’s UK launch period
  • Model range designed to simplify customer choice – generous specifications remove the need for a complex options list

Engine range
All the powertrains available for the new Arona are focused on driving ability and comply with the latest EU6 emissions standards. All are engineered with turbocharging and direct fuel injection and make good use of an automatic stop/start system and energy recovery to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency.

There are three petrol units, each constructed with a lightweight aluminium block. In order of output, they start with the 1.0 TSI 95 PS, matched to a five-speed manual gearbox; this engine is also available with a 115 PS output, and with an extra gear duly added to the manual transmission. This higher-powered version also has the option of a seven-speed dual clutch DSG automatic.

The 95 PS unit demonstrates the exceptional fuel and emissions performance achieved by this new generation of lightweight, compact, three-cylinder TSI units, registering 57.6 mpg and 111 g/km of CO2 in official combined cycle testing. Even when an extra 20 PS are on tap, the picture still looks good, matching the fuel economy figures (with 17-inch wheels) and nudging the CO2 level up by just a couple of grams per kilometre. There’s even little or no penalty in taking the DSG auto option: 56.5 mpg and 113 g/km.

FR and FR Sport models have exclusive use of the 1.5 TSI EVO engine, mustering 150 PS – enough to nail nought to 62mph in just 8.3 seconds. Thanks to this engine’s adept use of automatic cylinder de-activation when the going is gentler, fuel economy and emissions belie its power. The combined cycle statistics are 55.4 mpg and 115 g/km of CO2.

The new Arona is also offered with a 1.6 TDI engine, with 95 or 115 PS – the former optionally available with DSG. At launch just the 95 PS manual is available, with the other powertrains coming on stream later in 2018. True to the excellent reputation of SEAT’s TDI’s for flexible performance, money-saving fuel economy and low emissions, the 1.6 TDI 95 PS has a combined cycle figure of 70.6 miles for every gallon, matched by a modest 105 grams of CO2 from every kilometre driven.

Performance and fuel efficiency

Petrol engines

Engine

1.0 TSI 95 PS

1.0 TSI 115 PS

1.0 TSI 115 PS

1.5 TSI EVO 150 PS

Gearbox

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

7-speed DSG

6-speed manual

Fuel economy (mpg) 

 

 

 

 

Urban

46.3

47.9/47.18*

49.6

44.8

Extra urban

67.3

65.7/64.2*

62.8

64.2

Combined

57.6

57.6/56.5*

56.5

55.4

COemissions (g/km)

111

113/114*

113

115

0-62 mph

11.2

9.8

10.0

8.3

Top speed (mph)

107

113

113

127


* Values for models with 18” wheels

Diesel engine

Engine

1.6 TDI 95 PS

1.6 TDI 95 PS

1.6 TDI 115 PS

Gearbox

5-speed manual

7-speed DSG

6-Speed manual

Fuel economy (mpg) 

 

 

 

Urban

61.4

TBC

TBC

Extra urban

76.3

TBC

TBC

Combined

70.6

TBC

TBC

CO2 emissions (g/km)

105

TBC

TBC

0-62 mph

11.9

TBC

TBC

Top speed (mph)

107

TBC

TBC

Equipment highlights
The SE grade may be “step one” in the new Arona range, but it’s still several rungs up the specification ladder compared to many entry-level models, including coming with metallic paint as standard – usually a £500-plus extra where rivals are concerned.

The exterior features include 17-inch alloy wheels, bi-colour roof, black roof rails, chrome front grille, power-adjustable door mirrors, LED daytime running lights and tail lights, front (cornering) fog lights and automatic headlights. Inside, there’s air conditioning, height-adjustable front seats, split-folding rear seat, handy double boot floor, electric windows front and rear, chrome detailing and leather trim for the steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake. SEAT’s Media System Colour provides a five-inch touchscreen, six-speaker audio with FM/AM/DAB radio, Bluetooth and Aux-in/USB connections.

SEAT’s comprehensive safety and driver assistance features include Front Assist, Multi-Collision Braking, Hill Hold Control and Tiredness Recognition System. That’s all in addition to cruise control, a full complement of front-side-curtain airbags, active front head restraints and ISOFIX child seat mounts.

For anyone wanting more sophisticated connectivity and navigation features, the SE Technology models upgrade with the Connectivity Pack Plus. This provides a larger, eight-inch colour touchscreen and proximity sensor and a navigation package that provides 3D map display and voice control. SEAT Full Link enables seamless connection with compatible smartphones using MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto. There’s also a wireless phone charger, an additional USB port, two SD card slots and rear parking sensors.

This isn’t the limit of possibilities with SE models, as the SE Technology First Edition – available during the Arona’s launch period, exclusively with the 1.0 TSI 95 PS engine – goes even further. Extra kit includes a Storage Pack (front-centre arm rest, drawer beneath driver’s seat load anchorage points in the boot), Winter Pack (heated front seats and heated washer nozzles), rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, coming/leaving home headlight functions, heated/folding door mirrors, dual-zone climate control, KESSY keyless entry and go and adaptive cruise control.

Moving up from SE Technology to FR grade, the Arona gains plenty of sporty style, in features such as the 17-inch Dynamic alloys, full LED headlights, chrome roof rails, dark-tinted rear windows, twin tailpipes and (heated/folding) door mirrors with casings that match the contrast roof colour. Inside, the FR is equipped with sports front seats and an exclusive flat-bottom steering wheel, multi-colour ambient lighting and FR-exclusive trim details. SEAT Drive Profile lets the driver adjust vehicle performance and handling through four different modes (Normal/Sport/Eco/Individual) and the suspension is sports-tuned for sharper handling. Rear disc brakes are added, together with an alarm (interior and perimeter monitoring), rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, coming/leaving home headlight functions and dual-zone climate control.

For hotter looks and even more agile performance, the FR Sport models gain larger, 18-inch Performance alloy wheels, Dynamic Chassis Control and black Alcantara upholstery.

Nearing the pinnacle of the Arona line-up, XCELLENCE trim majors on convenience and sophistication, matching the FR specification minus the dedicated sports features. Additional elements include the Storage Pack, KESSY keyless-entry-and-go, front seatback storage pockets, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

The Arona XCELLENCE Lux raises the bar with 18-inch Performance alloys, black Alcantara upholstery, the SEAT Drive Profile, front parking sensors, a rear-view camera and Park Assist. But for the no-holds-barred Arona indulgence, the XCELLENCE First Edition packs a powerful Beats Sound System, the Winter Pack and all you need for safe and simple parking manoeuvres – front sensor, rear-view camera and Park Assist.

Options
There’s nothing to see here. Seriously, SEAT’s new “EASY” concept makes life simpler for the customer by offering comprehensive equipment specifications, tailored to each trim level and price point, so there’s no need to pore over a lengthy options list and risk breaking the budget.

SEAT Arona SE grade equipment features

Exterior
Bi-colour roof
Front fog lights with cornering function
LED daytime running lights
LED tail lights and licence plate illumination
Body colour door handles
Body colour door mirror housings
Chrome grille frame
Electrically adjustable door mirrors
Concealed tailpipe

Interior equipment
Driver and front passenger sun visors with mirror
Front courtesy light and reading light
Interior ambient light
Rear-view mirror with dimming function
Illuminated boot
Double boot floor
Two cupholders
Interior chrome trim details

Seats and trim
Height-adjustable driver and front passenger seats
Height adjustable front and rear headrests
Split-folding rear seats (60:40)
Leather steering wheel, handbrake and gear knob trim
“Orgad” blue cloth upholstery

Functional and mechanical
Air conditioning with dust and pollen filter
Electric front and rear windows, one-touch with anti-squeeze
Height and reach-adjustable steering wheel
Speed-sensitive electro-mechanical power steering
Comfort suspension
Cruise control
Automatic headlights

Instrumentation
Tachometer
Trip computer
Outside temperature gauge
Digital clock
Instrument lighting brightness control
Low fuel warning light
Lights-on warning buzzer
Gearshift indicator

Infotainment
FM/AM radio
DAB reception
Six speakers
Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free phone operation
Media System Colour/Touch
5-inch colour touchscreen
USB port
Aux-in
SD card slot
Steering wheel-mounted controls

Wheels and tyres
17” Dynamic 10-spoke Brilliant Silver alloy wheels
205/55R17 tyres
Emergency tyre repair kit

Safety and security
Driver and front passenger airbags
Front passenger airbag deactivation
Front side and curtain airbags
Active front head restraints
ABS
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
Hill hold control
Tyre pressure monitoring
Front assist
Multi-Collision Braking System
Hill Hold Control
Tiredness Recognition System
Automatic warning lights
Electronic engine immobiliser
Folding, remote keys with window open/close function
Front seatbelt reminders
ISOFIX child seat points with top tether anchorages on outer rear seats
Remote central locking with deadlocks
Rear door child locks
Locking wheel bolts
Anti-theft roof antenna
VIN visible in windscreen

SE Technology grade adds:

Infotainment
Connectivity Pack Plus: -
Media System Plus with 8” colour touchscreen and proximity sensor
Navigation System with 3D mapping and voice recognition
2 USB ports
Aux-in
2 SD card slots

Functional and mechanical
Rear parking sensors

FR grade adds to SE trim:

Exterior
Full LED headlights
Dark-tinted rear windows
Roof colour-matching door mirror casings
Electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors
Chrome window trim
Chrome roof rails
Twin exhaust pipes

Interior equipment
Multi-coloured ambient lighting
Flat-bottom FR steering wheel

Seats and trim
FR sports seats
 “Nora” black cloth upholstery

Functional and mechanical
Dual-zone climate control
Rain-sensing wipers
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
Coming/leaving home headlight function
Steering wheel-mounted gearshift paddles (with DSG transmission)
SEAT Drive Profile
Normal/Sport/Eco/Individual drive modes
Steering and throttle response
Gear shifts mode (with DSG transmission)
Sports suspension

Wheels and tyres
17” Dynamic five spoke Brilliant Silver alloy wheels
205/55R17 tyres

Safety and security
Rear disc brakes (engines with more than 100 PS)
Alarm with perimeter/interior monitoring

FR Sport grade adds: -

Seats and trim
Black Alcantara upholstery

Functional and mechanical
Dynamic chassis control

Wheels and tyres
18” Performance machined alloy wheels
215/45R18 tyres

XCELLENCE grade adds to the SE Technology specification:

Exterior
Full LED headlights
Chrome roof rails
Chrome front grille inserts
Roof colour-matching door mirror housings
Electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors
Chrome window trim

Interior equipment
Multi-coloured ambient LED lighting
Chrome trim details
Front seatback storage pockets
Storage Pack: -
Front centre armrest
Drawer beneath driver’s seat
Mounting fixtures in boot

Seats and trim
Titan black cloth upholstery with contrast stitching
Front seatback storage pockets

Functional and mechanical
Dual-zone climate control
KESSY keyless entry and go
Rain-sensing wipers
Adaptive cruise control
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
Coming/leaving home headlight function

Wheels and tyres
17” Dynamic machined 10-spoke alloy wheels
205/55R17 tyres

Safety and security
Blind spot detection
Rear cross traffic alert

XCELLENCE Lux adds: -

Functional and mechanical
Rear-view camera
Park Assist
Front parking sensors
SEAT Drive Profile
Normal/Sport/Eco/Individual drive modes
Steering and throttle response
Gear shifts mode (with DSG transmission)

Seats and trim
Black Alcantara upholstery with contrast stitching

Wheels and tyres
18” Performance Brilliant Silver alloy wheels
215/45R18 tyres

Warranty and servicing
The new Arona comes with the peace-of-mind protection of a three-year/60,000-mile manufacturer’s warranty. Customers can also purchase extensions of one, two or three years. SEAT customers are also entitled to three years’ free accident and repair cover, operating in parallel to the customer’s main motor insurance policy. SEAT Roadside Assistance, including European cover, is provided as part of the package for the first two years of vehicle ownership. Terms and conditions apply.

A range of service plans are available, with the option of budget-friendly monthly payment plans. These can cover two or three-year periods and transferable (when fully paid) if the car is sold during that time. They allow servicing to be carried out by any official SEAT dealership in the nationwide network.

About SEAT
SEAT is the only company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets cars in Spain. A member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting 80% of its vehicles, and is present in over 80 countries through a network of 1,700 dealerships. In 2017, SEAT achieved worldwide sales of nearly 470,000 vehicles.

The SEAT Group employs close to 14,700 professionals at its three production centres – Barcelona, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell, where it manufactures the highly successful Ibiza, Leon and Arona. Additionally, the company produces the Ateca and the Toledo in the Czech Republic, the Alhambra in Portugal and the Mii in Slovakia. 

The multinational has a Technical Centre, which operates as a knowledge hub that brings together 1,000 engineers who are focused on developing innovation for Spain’s largest industrial investor in R&D. SEAT already features the latest connectivity technology in its vehicle range and is currently engaged in the company’s global digitalisation process to promote the mobility of the future.

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