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hi all, 3 days in and loving my new arona excellence lux 115 manual eclipse orange grey roof. The car is loverly to drive , smooth & quiet & a more than enough punchy engine. I couldn't more happier with seat , dealership , and car. I have just spent over 12 years with Renault owning 4 clios 1.5 dci. I am so happy I made that change. Rich
 

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HI Rich
Welcome to the forum.
Lucky you, you got your already.. I still got a long wait.
Glad to hear that your loving it.
How is it on a Motorway run, as all the tests Ive seen complain about wind noise when you get up to motorway speeds.
and I read the Top Gear review which complained it was a noisy engine.
Glad that you are proving them SO SO WRONG.
 

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Thanks gazzab, it's not a decision taken lightly, I have read all the tests and reviews, and looked and visited & tested all the crossovers in the class except the oil burners. The compromise is the mpg to a oil burner but I don't believe the gap is as big as it used to be. I could ave with the clio on day to day running late 50s early 60 & on odd occasions touching 70 on a good day. Answer to your noise issue have drove it in eastally winds, driving snow & ice rain not ideal for a new car but I can honestly say noise not a issue for me but others may not agree but that is people opinions. Yes if you drive hard and rev the engine hard then you may agree with what you read but then it may not be the car for you and then if that is the car I wanted then I would not of chosen a arona. I made my choice based on budget , spec , value for money, running costs, and driving pleasure. Let's hope I good long relationship with seat & dealership and treated as a valued customer. Rich
 

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Hi Rich.
I hear you on that.
I got an Oil Burner, Golf MK7, used to do 80+ miles a day. Change of job and now doing 5 miles a day.
Does not even get hot by the time I am in work, and only averaging 31mpg So not doing it much good.
Like you i looked at the competition, I loved the T-Roc, but the Price it was silly money for the same spec.
I liked the shape of the Arona, they only had a Manual to drive, but I just got in a drove it. and felt right and comfortable.
I liked the not having to climb out, but step/fall out of the arona. Im getting older now, dodgy back.. so comfort and ease of use counts for more than sports and handling.
So Looks great, felt good to drive on the test run, I didn't notice the noise, but its not like having it daily where you notice things more.
The price point for the Spec.. well that is fantastic. Not having got mine yet.. (IN MAY), its good to get feed back from owners that already have the car.
Gazza.
 

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Hi Rich and GazzaB
Glad you are liking it like you I went on value for money same as you Gazza I have trouble getting out of my Leon so wanted something higher but limited on Size so it was down to three T Rock to expensive Capture Good and better specs for money but could not settle three test drives !
one test drive on Arona and felt at Home
As for Top Gear unless it BMW or Audi they down grade it
Getting mine on the 12th
 

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Hi Brian
Personally I prefer the Honest John Reviews, the Arona review is great..
and he is right, it is stylish in an understated way.
A lot of the reviews talk about the crossover being a 'Lifestyle Choice', for the adventurous etc etc etc, 90% of all 4X4/SUV and Crossovers never go off road... Closest people get is bumping up a kerb, or driving in to an unpaved car park to go walk a dog.
Me it was a simple choice, when you have a bad back, its a dam sight easier to get in and out off the something thats a little higher of the ground.

I looked at the Kia Stonic, Hyundai Kona, C3 Aircross, Renault Capture, Nissan Juke, Toyota CHR, Volvo XC40 and the VW T-ROC.
Kia was dismissed as no Automatic, the Juke dismissed as its just cramped and UGLY.
Toyota CHR felt cramped in the cabin found the seats uncomfortable, even the XC40 where uncomfortable.
Hyundai Kona, had to go to the GT version just to get an Automatic and its a 1.6 petrol(£500 first year road tax) and its 26K
I'd rather have the T-Roc at 26K
So the Capture just did not like, seats uncomfortable as well.
Aircross, seats ok, ride comfort horrid.
So it came down to T-ROC and Arona, comfort wise not much init between the 2.. T-Roc just little more refined but at a price.
The Arona got it on spec and Price point, and with the dealer incentives it was A LOT CHEAPER.
And their are ways to make the Arona more refined, by getting a specialist to install something like Dynamat or Silent Coat sound deadening.
That will be a project at a later date... :)
 

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Says it all
 

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Mine should be built this week so it's great to hear an honest review .. glad your enjoying yours .. The test drive sold it to me along windy bumpy B roads Cos ..
I looked at the Kia , Hyundai , Aircross ( yuk !! ) Ford Kuga, captur, Juke, Mokka , TRoc and Vitara and the sleek dash , kit , nippy engine, running costs great mpg , great view, higher ride height and ease to get in & out of ( have a bad back too sometimes) large boot space and cabin space and then the dealer discount made the FR spec and price offer far too good to miss ..x
I genuinely cannot wait to get mine x
 

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Baggy, I know what you mean, I can't wait either.
My sister has a Mokka, god the seats are like concrete in it, and ride is appalling, and sitting in the back is worse, not impressed.
Friend of mine have an old Vitara, it was great fun with the roof down in the summer, thats about it really for it...
I didn't look at the Ford Kuga, I missed it completely, Ohh what a shame.... :)
So cannot wait.. Ive been hunting accessories and stuff to add to the car.. Rear Bumper protector, boot liner, rubber mats for winter, carpet mats for summer, tow bar to be fitted.
Get my dash cam moved from the old car to this, as it has a front and rear facing HD cameras, and its wired into the fuse box, so got parking mode on it.
So got a few things to do already LOL.
 
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