Irish Small Crossover of the Year – Seat Arona

6 Aug 2019

The SEAT Arona has been named Best Small Crossover of the Year at the 2019 Irish Car of the Year awards, in association with Continental Tyres.

SEAT’s smart new crossover features a range of customisable features as well as Full Link Technology and features including Wireless Charger and Keyless System. The Arona is also equipped with safety features including ACC with Front Assist, a total of 6 airbags, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Traffic Alert.

The victorious SEAT Arona beat off stiff competition in the Small Crossover category including the Citroen C3 Aircross, Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Kona and VW T-ROC.

We asked Irish Car of the Year jurors Mark Gallivan and Bob Flavin to tell us why the Arona came out on top. In our latest video review, Bob and Mark explain why the “charming” Arona hits the nail on the head in terms of design, and why SEAT’s new small crossover is such fun to drive. 

“The SEAT Arona competes in a category that also includes the Volkswagen T-ROC and the Hyundai Kone,” says Mark Gallivan.

“What’s interesting about the Arona is that it’s a particularly charming small crossover to drive. It has lots of customisation options and a wealth of standard equipment. Most importantly, it’s very, very good fun to drive!”

“This is the Spanish manufacturer’s first attempt at a small SUV, and they’ve hit the nail on the head in terms of design, both exterior and interior,” says Bob Flavin.

“Everything in the car is well put-together, it being a SEAT, and the Arona comes with a decent long warranty. They’ve managed to put everything together in a package that is very desirable for the Irish market.”

Enjoy our 1-minute video review of the award-winning new Arona here: