Seat Arona 2019

What we love

The Tech: This car comes with a lot of technology as standard, allowing you to connect your phone and it also has a sat nav and parking sensors

Room for improvement

Sloped vehicle seats: The rear seats are very sloped, which could cause a rear facing child’s head to flop forward when they are sleeping

Not young child friendly: We feel this car is better suited to families with older children and teens, rather than babies and toddlers.  There are a lot of different alerts and noises, and the rear doors are very small

Packed with tech, but watch the rear seat shape when fitting child seats.

Boot Size

The boot on this vehicle measured:

Width: 100cm (side to side at narrowest point)

Length: 70cm (front of boot to back of rear seats)

Height: 40cm (floor of boot to parcel shelf)

We needed to remove a wheel on our large travel system to fit it in the boot, although smaller systems should have enough room.  We were also able to comfortably fit one other bag in.

Storage

We feel the Seat Arona is a little sparse on storage space in the cabin, with no map pockets on the back of the seats (so no handy stash of nappies or snacks!), the door bins were small, as was the glove compartment which would fit the manual and not much else.  There was no glasses case, however the centre console does have room to keep a spare pair of driving glasses or sunglasses.

There are two cup holders in the centre console for front seat passengers.  There are no cup holders in the rear.

Lights

This vehicle has “guide me home” lights and “leaving home” lights, which allows you to set the headlights to remain on while you make your way to your destination.  There are clear instructions on how to do this in the vehicle manual.  There was no other exterior lighting.

There are two map lights in the front of the vehicle, and a light between these which can be set to on, off or to come on when the doors are open.  There is also a light in the boot, which is activated when the boot is opened.

 

 

Locks

The child locks located in the rear doors, are simple to use with the vehicle key by turning in the direction indicated.

This vehicles doors used a push button key, although keyless entry is an option on some models.

The boot on this model did not have hands free opening, although this is an option.

Windows

All the windows in this car are electric, and can be operated from the driver seat.  You can also lock the windows from the drivers seat.  The windows feature a roll back function, where they automatically open if there is an obstruction when the window is closed – keeping little hands safe!  The rear windows open approx 3/4 of the way down, and the front windows open fully.

The windows on this model were not tinted.

Noise & Visuals

The airbag can be deactivated in this vehicle, and this is done by inserting the key into the airbag deactivation switch inside the front passenger door, and turning it to the off position.  When you put the key in the ignition, a warning lamp should be illuminated to show the airbag has been disabled.

There are a number of alarms and warnings, such as seat belt warnings, door open warnings, ice warnings, and you can also set speed warnings if you wish.  We searched both the vehicle manual and the settings in the vehicle and could not find a way to deactivate these warnings.

The audible warnings in the vehicle are high pitched and on the loud side.  The infotainment system also comes on at a pre-set volume, which we felt was quite loud.  This could be changed easily within the settings.  If the vehicle has the hands free boot option, and you operate it from the front seat, it will also make a consistent and audible warning noise while opening – this could be quite annoying if you want to quickly get the pram out the boot and not disturb a sleeping baby!

 

Tech

This car had stacks of tech in it as standard, including 2 USB points in the front, a 12v charger point, an AUX point and full infotainment system that you could attach your phone to.  The vehicle also comes with sat nav as standard.

There were no 12v points in the rear however.

The stereo sound was able to be set for the front only.

Fitting Child Seats in this car

Although we were able to fit our range of child seats into this vehicle, the doors are very small which will make getting children in and out trickier than it needs to be.  There is not enough space in the rear of the vehicle to fit three child seats across.

ISOFix:

The ISOFix on this vehicle is approved to the new iSize regulation, which means that any iSize approved child seat is automatically compatible!  We were surprised to find the ISOFix stitched in to the vehicle seat, which would require perforating a piece of fabric.  Once the fabric is open, the ISOFix points are easy to access.

The top tether points are situated on the back of the vehicle seats, and easy to access.  There are no floor storage compartments.

Seat Belt Fitment:

We found that there was plenty of seat belt to fit our Silver Cross Dream infant seat, and the seat belt buckles are low down in the vehicle seat cushion and shouldn’t cause an issue with fitting child seats.

However, the seats were very sloped which would cause a rear facing infant seat to sit very upright.  The seats also have prominent bolsters either side, which could cause an issue with some child seats.

We were able to fit our extended rear facing Axkid Minikid in with ease, and attached the rear tethers around the front vehicle seat.

High Back Boosters:

Our Maxi Cosi Kore Pro,  high back booster fitted with ease and there was plenty of space available to fully extend the headrest.  The headroom in both the front and rear of the vehicle measures approximately 100cm.

The headrests are easily removable, and two buttons are on the base of the headrest, press these in and lift straight up – there is no need to tip the vehicle seat forward.

Seat Arona 2019

Packed with tech, but watch the rear seat shape when fitting child seats.