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SEAT Arosa 1.0 MPi S 3d (1999/T)

SEAT Arosa 1.0 MPi S 3d (1999/T) - Owner Review

Great feel to the car, but the suspension does let it down. Suffers from body roll quite badly but is surprisingly comfortable on long motorway journeys. Quite sluggish to accelerate but rewarding overall.
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SEAT Arosa (97-04)

Value

5 out of 5

Brilliant value especially as a first car for younger drivers. Practicality is an issue however as the boot space is on the small size.

Costs

4 out of 5

I get about 50-60mpg out of it if I don't put my foot down. Get a diesel if this concerns you. Servicing, insurance, tax and MOT are very cheap and it's a VW so it will run forever, so long as you are not a madman at the wheel.

Driving

3 out of 5

Great feel to the car, but the suspension does let it down. Suffers from body roll quite badly but is surprisingly comfortable on long motorway journeys. Quite sluggish to accelerate but rewarding overall.

Performance

2 out of 5

OK, it's a 998cc engine, good between 2500-4000rpm but otherwise it is sluggish.

Reliability

4 out of 5

It's a VW!! All I have changed from new is a set of spark plug leads and the obvious due to servicing bearing in mind it was sitting in the previous owners barn for 6months so its expected.

Image

3 out of 5

Looks okay but you can tell its the less fortunate little sister of the Lupo. Not bad but not worth improving unless you get a higher capacity engine.

Comfort

4 out of 5

To drive it is very comfortable as mine has the comfort pack (height adjustable seats). I can imagine it can be cramped for rear passengers however.

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Security

2 out of 5

No alarm, but a manufacturer fitted immobiliser, so nothing fantastic.

Service

3 out of 5

Had a diagnostic done with Seat to find out about a reported misfire and they were pleasent but charges were heafty, go to a 3rd party mechanic for repairs/servicing.

Problems

Bodywork
A few dents over it's lifetime, but no rust whatsoever. Very good paintwork.

Engine
Misfire but was only due to corroded spark plug leads.

Gearbox
-

Other
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Ownership

Did you buy the car new?
No

Would you buy the same model again?
Yes

Did you buy from the same manufacturer again?
Yes