A brief tour of bits we like around our Arona
One for a golden oldie...
The FR comes with some things I wouldn’t particularly ask for, but which are actually pretty good – smartphone integration, MirrorLink etc. All very modern. But, to be honest, I’m more pleased by there being a CD/DVD player in the glovebox, barely mentioned in the Seat brochure. I’ve got a house full of CDs, and often ind I’d rather play a CD than plug in an MP3 player.
Joining the diesel deserters
Oh how foolish Dieselgate looks when it turns out the VW Group is capable of making its petrol engines this clean, e¤icient and enjoyable. Active twocylinder running doubtless helps, but the pleasingly high mpg igure must mostly be down to the fundamentals of fuelling, combustion, friction, gearing and aero being spot on.
It was only when I crossed paths with another Arona that I realised what’s going on with the front indicators: they are the daytime running lights. I’m easily o¡ended by tricksy light foolishness, but these are great, partly because they make good use of space but mostly because they look like John Travolta’s hand gestures when he’s dancing with Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction.
A splash of chrome
This pillar makes all the di¡erence to the looks of the Arona, especially when combined with the contrasting roof (a no-cost option). It’s not a detail unique to the Arona – variations appear on the Volvo X40, Audi Q2 and the Renault Captur, to name some of the most e¡ective – but it’s still unusual enough to make a di¡erence.