JUNE 2018 www.irishfarmersmonthly.com Motoring Arona arrives in style The Arona is set to stand out in a highly competitive sector, writes Bernard Potter The exterior of the Arona avoids the quirky look that some small SUVs have successfully employed to attract attention. Instead, it has opted for clean-cut lines and discreet design. But, for those who do want to make a statement, the Arona offers the proverbial rainbow of colour variations. There are 10 body colour options, depending on which version of the car you choose, and additional choices for the roof, of grey, black and orange, as well as the option to match the roof and body colours. Energetic performer and has great all-round manoeuvrability. The small SUV buyer appreciates a good spec and the reassurance of a strong range of safety features. Seat make sure to deliver on both. A wide range of safety equipment is provided, including tiredness recognition, park assist (self-park) and cruise control with a speed limiter. There’s also an array of infotainment tech, such as Bluetooth; two USB ports; and Seat’s smartphone connectivity tool, Full Link, with Android Auto, Apple Carplay and Mirrrorlink. Hard to resist The small SUV segment boasts a wealth of gutsy engines that punch above their weight and the 1.0TSI petrol in the Arona Xcellence, the version under test, adds one more to the roll of honour. The Arona’s engine is an energetic performer around town and acquits itself more than adequately on longer motorway trips. While the engine isn’t an outperformer among its small SUV rivals, it certainly does enough to keep the Arona in touch with the segment leaders. Smooth handling The Arona’s pricing starts at a competitive €17,995 for the Arona-S, while the Xcellence starts at €22,815. Extras on offer with the Xcellence are highly desirable but pricey. If you opt to add the full suite of admittedly hard-to-resist options, including BeatsAudio, premium metallic paint and a winter pack, the price goes to €27,591. The quality and variety of tech and equipment available for the Arona, combined with its understated looks, solid performance and reliability will ensure it gets noticed in the highly-competitive small SUV sector. Mode Price Engine Fuel consumption (combined) (manufacturer’s figures) CO2 emissions (manufacturer’s figures) Arona Xcellence €27,591 1.0 TSI 115HP XC 4.9L/100km 113g/km Handling on the Xcellence is smooth, with reliable steering and efficient, precise gear changes. It corners well 69