It’s unlikely most owners will peddle the Arona with real enthusiasm on a frequent basis, but the car nevertheless does a lot of things right in the handling department.
Its spring and damper rates are remarkably well judged for UK tarmac, and at typical A-road and B-road speeds, the ride is effortlessly composed and refined for such a small car.
Moreover, even on the standard suspension, body roll is contained in a way that most similarly elevated rivals can’t match, and the steering – pleasingly precise, but over-assisted – weights up well for a car in this class during more committed cornering, even if it remains low on feel most of the time.
However, those hoping for a more practical alternative to the Ford Fiesta and the lithe, fun-loving chassis dynamics such a thing would possess are going to be a touch disappointed.
The Arona may float along a road with impressive nonchalance, corner with admirable accuracy and composure, and change direction well enough, but it does so a little joylessly, which is at odds with other cars in the Seat line-up.