2017 Seat Arona: Small Spanish SUV wants to make it rain

City SUVs are big sales hits, and the new Seat Arona, based on the Ibiza hatch’s MQB-A0 platform, wants to cash in on that market.


The Arona has a taller and longer body, and 15mm (0.6-in) higher suspension than the Ibiza.

Available technology includes adaptive cruise control with stop and go, hill hold assist, automatic wipers and headlamps, keyless entry and start, 8-inch touchscreen, wireless phone charging, blind spot monitoring, and semi-automated parking.

The Arona will have three gas engines: a 70kW (94hp) 1-liter 3-cylinder turbo with 5-speed manual, a 85kW (113hp) 1-liter 3-cylinder turbo with 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG, and the Arona FR’s 110kW (148hp) 4-cylinder with cylinder deactivation and a 6-speed manual.

There are also two 1.6-liter turbo-diesel options: a 70kW (94hp) with a 5-speed manual or 7-speed DSG, and a 85kW (113hp) with a 6-speed manual.

A 66kW (89hp) 1-liter 3-cylinder CNG joins the range in 2018, and some non-EU markets will also have a non-turbo 81kW (109hp) 1.6-liter MPI 4-cylinder.

Dimensions (compared to Ibiza)

Length: 4,138mm (+71mm) | 162.9 inches (+2.8 inches)
Height: 1,543mm (+99mm) | 60.8 inches (+3.9 inches)
Trunk space: 400L | 14.1 cu-ft



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