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SEAT Arona

The SEAT Arona compact crossover will undercut all its rivals on price

Prices start at €17,995.

THE ALL-NEW SEAT Arona arrives in the Irish market in November and prices for the compact crossover start at €17,995.

The Arona is the Spanish manufacturer’s first model in the compact crossover segment, which is one of the fastest growing segments in Ireland. It is set to take on the likes of the new Kia Stonic, Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur. However, the competitive pricing of the Arona means it undercuts all of these rivals when it comes to entry level models.

The Arona is the SEAT’s third new model of 2017 following the upgraded Leon and the all-new Ibiza. This is yet another addition to the SEAT range in its biggest product offensive ever, which also includes the Ateca and the upcoming large seven seat SUV that will be released in late 2018.

The Arona is built on the same ‘MQB A0′ platform as the new Ibiza and the forthcoming new Volkswagen Polo. It is just 79mm longer than the Ibiza hatch, but is 99mm taller, which makes for better ground clearance, more front and rear headroom, and a larger 400-litre capacity boot.

SEAT Ireland will offer the Arona in four trim levels: S, SE, FR and Xcellence.

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Arona S models will be powered by a three-pot 95hp 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. Standard features include 16-inch steel wheels, roof bars and a hidden exhaust. Inside, the cabin gets a multi-function steering wheel, electronic windows, air-con, a five-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth, USB ports and a multi-function display/trip computer.

Standard safety features include Hill Start Assist, airbag for driver and front passenger with front passenger airbag deactivation, side and curtain airbags, Front Assist including City Automatic Emergency Braking and Electronic stability control (ESC).

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Arona SE models start from €20,715 for the three-pot 115 1.0-litre petrol version mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or €22,115 for the same engine mated to a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

SE trim features 16-inch alloys, an eight-inch infotainment system with SEAT Full Link and voice control, a leather multifunction steering wheel, leather gear selector, interior chrome package, ambient interior lighting, cruise control and electronic differential lock XDS and dynamic traction support.

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FR models will be powered by a new four-cylinder, 150hp TSI petrol engine with active cylinder disconnection technology connected to a six-speed manual gearbox. FR models can be had with optional dual-mode suspension and the SEAT Drive Profile with four modes to choose from: Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual.

Xcellence models can be had with the same powertrains as SE models and prices start from €22,815 for the manual version and from €24,215 for the DSG version. These models get 16-inch alloys, LED rear lights, KESSY “Keyless entry & start system”, black Alcantara interior, leather handbrake, Park Assist (Parallel & Perpendicular Self Park Assist) and a rear view camera.

As for diesel engines, a 1.6-litre TDI will be available with 95 and 115hp. The 95hp version can be paired with a five-speed manual gearbox or the seven-speed DSG, and the 115hp can be had with a six-speed manual gearbox.

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