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 œind 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 œig­ure must mostly be down to the fun­da­men­tals of fu­elling, com­bus­tion, fric­tion, gear­ing and aero be­ing spot on.

Bulb Fic­tion

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.

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