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The history of the Seat Arona range

The history of the Seat Arona range

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Take a little look through the Arona’s successful history.

Seat Arona Range Over The Years

The crossover segment is one that has showcased an impressive amount of growth over the years. Few could have predicted just how popular more compact yet high-riding models would prove to be - and this popularity has seen countless options hit the market to make the most of it. 

One of these cars has been the Seat Arona. It was an easy decision for the Spanish firm to make; take the compact - and very good - Ibiza, use its platform and create a slightly more upright version to cater for this new crossover market. Needless to say, it has created quite a buzz and has gone on to prove very popular for Seat. Here, we’re going to take a little look through the Arona’s successful history.


First-generation

2017 SEAT Arona

As we’ve already mentioned, in the late 2010s things were really ramping up for the crossover segment. Seat took notice of this and, having already hit the ground running with its Ateca mid-size SUV, though to push forward with a smaller version. This, in turn, became the Arona. 

 

It’s based upon Volkswagen Group’s MQB-A0 platform, which also underpins not only the Ibiza, but other cars like the Volkswagen Polo, Skoda Kamiq and Volkswagen T-Cross. In doing so, the Arona gets access to not only the same level of in-car technology, but also a good variety of engine choices. 

 

Arriving in 2017, the Arona gained praise for its clever packaging and surprisingly involving driving characteristics, which made this compact crossover easy to live with but fun to drive, too. Much of its engine range is made up of 1.0-litre petrol-powered derivatives, though a more powerful 1.5-litre unit is there for people who require a little more punch. 


2021 refresh

2021 SEAT AronaThis year, the Arona was given a mid-life refresh. Though the platform underneath remains the same, the Arona has been given a little lift to ensure it remains current in the market. The interior now boasts a larger screen - incorporating both wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto - which is far easier to use than before and features sharper graphics. 

 

Trying to spot an updated Arona out on the road? Look out for the fog lamps - which have been moved to just underneath the front grille - while more silver-coloured trim helps to give the car a chunkier, more go-anywhere look. 

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