It may have been below zero when the Arona was tested in Austria, but it always felt confident and very at home.
The Arona is up against cars like the Nissan Juke and Hyundai Kona, so doing well in this segment is not easy. The Arona may not turn heads but it is no ugly duckling either. The body contrast roof and telltale SUV black bumpers give it a capable appearance, and they make its intentions clear. That said, the Arona is front-wheel drive and there is no all-wheel drive option. It may not be a fully leaded SUV, but the Arona certainly looked the part in the Austrian Alps, especially when fitted with a ski-rack.
Inside, you won’t find any splashes of fun, but you do get a sense of quality when interacting with the switchgear and controls. There’s plenty of room for taller drivers, and in the rear there’s more leg room than the Juke and the Kona. This makes the Arona perfect for transporting the kids as well as adults. The situation is the same as you move further back, with the boot being bigger than nearly all rivals’. The feel on the road is tight and composed. The windy Austrian roads were no problem, and body roll is kept well in check. The ride is firm but comfortable, which adds to a feeling of safety and even capability, despite the lack of an all-wheel drive system. The Arona is a well-built and well thought out car that really is as happy on the school run as it is on twisting icy roads.