2019/2020 SEAT Arona FR Review | Owner’s Perspective

2019/2020 SEAT Arona FR POV Drive Video :

I drive the SEAT Arona FR (1 litre 3 cyl turbo)

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hey what’s up guys Syed here and today I
am in the 2019 / 2020 SEAT Arona FR

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and I have the owner right beside me
Anthony but he doesn’t want to be on

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camera okay so if you’re not familiar
with SEAT. SEAT is a Spanish manufacturer

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which is owned by the Volkswagen Group
so because it’s owned by Volkswagen it

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uses the same MQB platform as a lot of
other Volkswagen Group cars like your

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Audi Q3 Audi A3 your Skoda Karoq you know and your Volkswagen Golf even

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so the Arona is a crossover and there
are two variants that you can get in

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Singapore one is the Arona Style and
the other is a Arona FR which is the one

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we are in today so the FR is like the
higher trim level of the Arona so to

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give you some context for this car right
now on SEAT according to SEAT’s website

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the Arona starts at about $85,000 and
this Arona FR costs about ninety

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five thousand so pricing wise it’s right
in the Kia Stonic and Honda HRV kinda

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category but I think I’m gonna compare it
more to the Stonic because the engine is

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similar it’s a 1-liter 3-cylinder turbo
engine and both are crossovers it’s also

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a bit more expensive than the Toyota Raize I think that’s how you pronounce

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it the Raize which just came in to
Singapore so like the Stonic this car

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comes with a 1-liter 3-cylinder turbo
engine produces about 115 horsepower and

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200 Nm of torque and it’s mated to a
7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic so you

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can tell the difference between the
regular Arona and Arona FR by looking

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at the exterior of the car that’s like
an FR badge and you know with this car

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you get full LED lights keyless access
you get more features as compared to the

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standard Arona. Ok so enough talking from me so you

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know Anthony share with us you know
why you bought this car

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actually for this car is my second car it’s actually more for my son

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all right so yeah so we decided and we
were when the COE plunged to below

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30 thousand at that time
in probably May or June last year and

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then we say telling my wife why not we just you know since COE has come down so much the

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depreciation to buy a second car is pretty low you can buy a brand new car and a

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secondhand a used car depreciation is comparable and then this one comes with five

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years warranty and free services and
all those things so it makes more logical

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sense to yeah so that is where we start
hunting for it and we tried some other

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cars as well other continental and try
some Japanese car as well and so I mean

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I don’t want to mention brands but in the end right because by the other car is an Audi

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okay so when I hop on on this car I felt
that the platform of this SEAT Arona are

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pretty similar to what I have in my
Audi which I quite like it so that is

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where at the end of the day we so many
to just get this SEAT Arona. Were you familiar with the SEAT

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brand before you got this?
Ya prior to that I mean SEAT has been

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around for a long time yeah just that it’s new to Singapore. yes correct

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what happened is that my offices happen
to be in Ubi and every morning I would drive

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past SEAT showroom, yeah they caught my attention and location and then and what

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happened was the SEAT showroom
yeah these cars look quite interesting they have the

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Leon, Ibiza, Ateca (not a malay girl) and
you know and that’s where i got to

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know SEAT and then actually zoom into this model called Leon. SEAT Leon and my wife said

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why you have 2 saloon or sedan. If you wanna buy an SUV then get an SUV

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and then we shift up our focus
on this so Arona. I can sort of say your

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the reason why you chose this car was number one

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you drove past the SEAT showroom almost every day yeah number two because you own an

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Audi so you feel that it’s kind of
similar you know you’re buying both

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owned by both of them owned by VW anyway yeah correct all right okay so I understand that you’ve

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owned the car for about eight months now? this one is coming to a year already. now it’s june exactly a year it’s also far how’s the

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ownership experience I know it’s quite
early to say yeah I mean in terms of drive

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experience or I like it because the
even though it’s only 1 liter 3-cylinder but

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it does give you the kick you know. right now we’re at the traffic light and I don’t really feel the three cylinder

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idling vibration much yeah yeah like sometimes at the traffic light

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right when you pick up right when you
try to accelerate u know the power

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just come naturally you just step on
the accelerator and it’ll just move

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mean its raining now so I don’t wanna you know go too fast okay I understand and you know how’s like the

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reliability and everything so far I mean
so far this is only 1 year old car

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can’t really vouch for that but because
its under the Volkswagen Group

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and it’s 5 years warranty that gave me a peace of mind as well true yeah when I

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do the purchase when I consider any issue just send back to them yeah I mean yeah I mean minor issue in cars whether

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you whether its SEAT Mercedes Lexus all these things

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right it does happen here I definitely. Next
question what do you like about your car

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what do you like it. Even this is I mean
everybody says it is a compact SUV looks

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more on the outside but when you sit in
I’m sure you’d agree with me that is

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pretty spacious i mean at the
backseat u can have 3 person actually

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just from my
point of view it looks quite spacious later we’re gonna try

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yeah yeah get a feel of it but ya definitely I mean I was

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surprised when I step in the car and try
to see it’s something worth considering

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in a way you know so so that is where im quite surprised other than the space is there anything else?

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I mean the look yeah. The two-tone
and they have the X behind where the I

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mean it’s actually 3 tone it’s
red and then they had this silver strips

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that with the X and then the black top you
know with railing. So you like the car because of the looks and the

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style and the daytime running lights
really yeah it has a very fierce look

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it’s yeah i think it’s a good looking car
interior wise okay you can’t compare to

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the more luxurious models and all those things but by it reminds you a bit of a VW

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interior in terms of the buttons and
stuff I get reminded of a golf

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interior yes correct correct because of the shape of the buttons yes yes yes it does

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has the resembles of the VW. i think the shifter also very similar. steering wise you know u have the flat bottom

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which catches the my attention and then the driving experience and the pickup is

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also quite yeah
yes it’s not like super responsive but its

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responsive yes for 1 litre 3 cylinder it’s quite good i have to say and especially sometimes when I drive

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past Benjamin Sheares bridge from ECP down to town right and upslope right yeah if

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you just step on accelerator and it just go and then you just can overtake any people

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the engine doesn’t draw back to drop to
lower gear and then a bit effortless

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yeah yes what’s the fuel consumption
like for this car? I mean so far on the average say

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about 13 to 15 km per litre with a 40 litre tank right yeah I think that’s better than

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the Stonic because I remember the Stonic the fuel consumption isn’t like super good oh

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okay

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one thing I super like about this is the
adaptive cruise control that is excellent

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like it tags to the car in front yeah okay so yeah what what do you dislike about the car so far

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I think they do not have the auto hold
I’m so used to the auto hold you know u call the

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electronic brakes. So you have engine start stop parking sensor oh ya this one u have the park assist

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means it can parallel park for you. parallel park or vertical park

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it’s fantastic. I mean initially I

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tried I when I got a car I tried I feel
like I don’t know how to use it and went back

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then they taught me then i said woah thereafter but then hardly use lah

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quite funny ah they have all these advanced safety features but dont have brake auto hold ya yeah it’s not a deal-breaker

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but that is nice to have it would be
nice to have and let’s say people

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are looking to get this car or considering
this car do u have any like comments or anything

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regarding like the ownership of this car
I mean give it a try give yourself a

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chance to the test drive and compare
driving preference is very individual

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yeah so I would not know what kind of
preference you like and also but do

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gives SEAT a chance you know and test it for the past 10 years i’ve been driving Audi

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so if as an Audi driver I previously i owned other

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continentals like BM, I mean I have the Mercedes and all those

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things i’ve been driving Audi ten years ago and I can accept

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this car right away it shows something
yup definitely. coming from an Audi continental car owner

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is where I’m coming from
so yeah just my thoughts overall i think it’s a good looking car

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from exterior interior wise you
know the it’s a mix of some nice

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materials agree but you do get some like hard plastics here and there as well so it’s like a mix of

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both, it’s not a cheap
looking interior that’s what i mean

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got some balance here and there I will say slightly above average interior about the steering is I feel it

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feels good it feels good even though
it’s not like leather feels good and it

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has a flat-bottom steering as well space
wise it looks big you know

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from my point of view and just driving
wise even though it’s a one-litre

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three-cylinder the performance is there
just now I tried to you know go a bit

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faster okay I’m gonna just try to put
into sports mode

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oh the pull is there and I’m not even
flooring the car u know no no no you no

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need to floor there’s that pull it pushes u back into your seat

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yeah I am not kidding it’s Wow
oh that’s from a one-liter 3 cylinder

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that’s actually quite impressive
there is a reason why I say when I share

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with you say that this is the first time u hear that a 1.0 three cylinder yeah

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they make such comment yeah performance I don’t think you’re gonna be complaining

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especially from a small engine this is
really quite good I have to say and also

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like I mentioned just now just we were
at a traffic light at idle you know

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their vibration you know three cylinders
there is inherent characteristic where they

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vibrate I don’t really feel it that much
but in my mind I already expected it to

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vibrate maybe that’s why I’m a bit more
sensitive to it oh right yeah but you

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know just now I couldn’t really feel it
so to people who are not

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familiar with it I think they probably
wouldn’t even notice it at all and of

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course 1 litre means your road tax is gonna be cheap that is $300+ a year or something yeah yeah there is
this is what my wife yeah it’s

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really cheap I mean I would say it’s more reasonable. ya if u divide it per day its only like $1+ a day or smtg i mean its really nothing

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I mean I agree with Anthony if
you are considering this car I think you

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should definitely give it a try because
you may be blown away

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yeah it is not you know typical 1-liter
3-cylinder small car kind of feel that

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you get from this yeah I mean as I said u you know give yourself a chance

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I mean anyway test drive is free
yeah so yeah thank you guys so much for

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watching thanks Anthony for joining us
today

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yeah I’ll see you guys in the next video

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