The SEAT Arona has celebrated its first full year of sales by winning Small SUV of the Year by What Car? judges at a ceremony in London recently. The Arona, which won the same award in 2018, with its 1.0 TSI 95 engine and in SE Technology specification, was praised by the panel of experts for its interior practicality, pricing, smooth ride and fun handling.
Steve Huntingford, Editor at What Car? Said: “It may be a small SUV, but the Arona has a large number of things going for it. Not only is it more practical than most rivals, but it’s very well priced and feels grown-up to drive, with a settled, sophisticated ride and tidy handling.”
Richard Harrison, Managing Director of SEAT UK, said: “It’s no surprise to us that the Arona has scooped this accolade again. It has made waves since its launch at the beginning of 2018 and was a major factor in our record sales last year, proving that consumers love it just as much as the experts.”
Part of the Arona’s success has been due to its diverse and large standard specification list, which includes free metallic paint and multi-collision braking systems. SEAT’s small SUV also comes with cruise control, LED DRLs, air conditioning and tiredness recognition systems as part of its standard specification equipment.
The Arona is available in four different engines and two powertrains. Two petrol and two diesel engines are on offer, and a choice of either a manual or DSG automatic gearbox. What Car?’s recommended engine, the 1.0 TSI 95, is a petrol unit outputting 95 PS with 115g CO2 and 45.6-48.7 (combined) based on the WLTP guidelines.