Used SEAT Arosa (1997 - 2004) Driving & Performance

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 05 Jun 2014
For those looking for a value-for-money town car, there can be few models better than the Arosa. It shares its looks - and most parts - with the more expensive VW Lupo.

3.5 out of 5


Entry level 1.0 petrol is fine in town, but struggles on dual carriageways and motorways. 1.4 petrols are a good compromise (the 99bhp version is especially good if you want a cheap, tepid hatch) but the diesel makes most sense (at a premium).

2 out of 5


Great fun to drive, easy to steer and park, but the ride quality suffers on bumpy roads. Steering is predictable and direct, suspension seems firm but doesn't always stay controlled. Not a problem on most models, but the 1.4 Sport could be sportier.