Seat Arona preview: ‘A savvy little car’
Top speed 113mph
0-62mph 11.2 seconds
For a certain generation of people, the idea of a 1-litre engine is total anathema. For them, the very thought of a power unit with less than 1,000cc is laughable – like asking a weedy toddler with a terminal case of nappy rash to ‘tow the truck’ – it’s just not going to get you anywhere. But the Arona, the award-winning new city crossover from Seat, not only features a diminutive 1-litre engine, it’s also the size that the Spanish manufacturer recommends. Not only that, brace yourselves, the tiny little engine has also only got three cylinders, an uneven number which old-timers would consider with deep suspicion.
But you’ll find that it’s more than enough. Technology is now able to utilise every ounce of power from an engine. Combined with weight-saving materials, boosted aerodynamics and a smart gearbox, you’ll find the car doesn’t struggle and is as happy on local trips as end-to-end motorway marathons. It also means it’s more efficient and has fewer emissions.
The Arona is a savvy little car full of design delights and safety aids. It’s built to have the easy-to-live-with style of an SUV and Seat has decided to call it an urban crossover. But I think ‘café crossover’ has more of a continental allure to it…
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