SEAT Arona SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2
Fuel consumption figures impress, while other SEAT Arona running costs should be competitive
The SEAT Arona uses a thoroughly modern range of petrol engines but the diesel was phased out during its mid-2021 facelift. This shouldn't put off too many buyers, as the 1.0-litre petrol produces excellent fuel economy figures and is competitively priced.
SEAT Arona MPG & CO2
The Arona uses the newest, most fuel-efficient engines offered by the VW Group, with an entry level 1.0-litre and more powerful 1.5-litre petrol, the latter of which is fitted with clever cylinder-deactivation technology to save fuel.
The entry-level 94bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine is claimed to return up to 52.3mpg when combined with the standard manual gearbox, with CO2 emissions of 124g/km placing it in a reasonable bracket for Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) company-car tax. The 109bhp version is just as economical, returning up to 53.3mpg, although this drops to 47.9mpg with a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox fitted.
A 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine is offered with the FR and FR Sport models. It uses cylinder-deactivation to effectively reduce its size when full power isn't required – when cruising steadily, for example. This can return up to 45.6mpg, with emissions of 140-142g/km of CO2 placing it in a fairly high BiK band.
The 1.6-litre diesel engine was offered in 94bhp form until it was discontinued with the arrival of the facelift in September 2021. It manages up to 58.9mpg and emits 125g/km, but it’s in a higher BiK band than the petrols because of the extra tax levied on diesel models. A DSG automatic gearbox affects running costs slightly, with fuel economy dropping to 54.3mpg with a slight rise in CO2 emission to 135g/km.
Insurance group ratings for the Arona start from eight for the entry-level 1.0-litre petrol, stretching to group 17 for the sporty 1.5-litre petrol.
SEAT offers fixed-price servicing plans for all its cars, which can be taken out on new cars until three months after the date of purchase. Customers can pay just over £400 upfront to cover the first two years/20,000 miles of routine maintenance, or spread the cost over 18 monthly payments of just over £20.
Although SEAT's three-year/60,000-mile warranty is competitive against Ford and Peugeot, it's far from the most impressive on the market, coming well short of the five-year/unlimited-mileage policy enjoyed by Hyundai customers or Kia’s seven-year/100,000-mile warranty. The MG ZS, meanwhile, comes with a seven-year/80,000-mile warranty.