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Seat Arona 1.0 TSI on test

For the 2022 model year, the small crossover will appear in a slightly revised version. what can he do Test.

In case you didn't know: Seats Arona got its name from the rocky town of the same name on Tenerife. There are already many competitors in the sea of ​​small crossovers. Since its debut in 2017, the Arona has occupied the role of the most strikingly designed in the VW Group and competed in the test with the optional roof in a white contrasting color.

Seat Arona: Whistle me a song

If you listen closely, you can hear a turbocharger whistle, the engine itself always sounds rough, typical of the design, and often reacts a little hesitantly to gas commands. Even after the facelift, the Arona is well motorized with its three-cylinder engine with 110 hp and weighs less than 1.2 tons. Accordingly, it accelerates quickly, but also drives around corners with agility and pleases with its pleasantly direct steering. Anyone who uses it frequently will hardly be able to beat the rather average test consumption of 6.6 l/100 km. In any case, the performance of the turbo engine starts at 3000 tours, the translation of the manual six-speed gearbox also allows low-speed driving thanks to the early torque.

Longer stretches of motorway or bumpy roads are no problem thanks to the well-tuned suspension. And the seats offer good lateral support and a sufficiently large seat. What about the space available? Even tall people will find enough headroom at the front, while the rear is typically narrow for their class. Behind: the trunk, 400 liters - acceptable for this segment.

Newly designed dashboard


Rather unusual in this class: the optional digital speedometer with many display options. Left and right hand gestures can be used to navigate through the infotainment main menu. Overall, the touch system is easy to use, and the voice control is also convincing, because it also understands natural commands such as "Drive me to a gas station". A highlight: the Beats audio system with good bass including an equalizer.

In addition to the extensive infotainment, the test car in the Xperience equipment line has all the usual assistance systems. Lane departure warning, drowsiness detection and an emergency brake assistant are standard. Speaking of which: the Seat comes to a standstill after just 35.1 m from 100 km/h. A mechanical handbrake can be pulled to secure, so in the town of Arona it's a matter of: pull hard!


The Arona remains a reliable everyday companion, drives agile, but consumes a little too much. A redesigned dashboard including material improvements keep it up to date.


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