Auto Express - - Winter Driving Special -

THE Arona is one of a host of new small crossovers hit­ting the mar­ket be­fore the end of the year. It’s based on SEAT’S Ibiza su­per­mini, but adds a higher driv­ing po­si­tion and more room in­side thanks to its taller body.

The VW Group’s 1.0-litre, three-cylin­der en­gine gives smooth per­for­mance and good re­fine­ment, and al­though the in­te­rior is a bit som­bre, equipment is gen­er­ous. Unike some ri­vals in its class, though, the Arona doesn’t fea­ture any sort of off-road tech. Price range: £16,555-£24,640 Our pick: SE Tech­nol­ogy 1.0 TSI (£17,330) En­gine: 1.0-litre 3cyl petrol, 94bhp Trans­mis­sion: 5-spd man, front-wheel drive Top speed: 107mph Econ­omy: 57.6mpg CO2: 111g/km

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