SEAT Arosa

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SEAT Arosa
Seat Arosa front 20071029.jpg
Manufacturer SEAT
Production 1997–2005
Body and chassis
Class City car
Body style 3-door hatchback
Platform Volkswagen Group A00
Related Volkswagen Lupo
Engine 1.0 L I4
1.4 L I4
1.4 L I4 16 valve
1.4 L I3 TDI
1.7 L I4 SDI
Wheelbase 2,323 mm (91.5 in)
Length 3,551 mm (139.8 in)
Width 1,639 mm (64.5 in)
Height 1,460 mm (57 in)
Predecessor SEAT Marbella
Successor SEAT Mii

The SEAT Arosa (Typ 6H) was a city car from the Spanish automaker SEAT, from 1997 to 2004. The model débuted in March 1997, at the Geneva Motor Show, while its facelifted version was presented in October 2000, at the Paris Motor Show. It shared the same platform with the Volkswagen Lupo.

The successor, SEAT Mii, was launched in October 2011, and has been on sale since January 2012.

Pre-facelift (1997–2000)[edit]

Named after Villagarcía de Arosa, a municipality in the province of Pontevedra, Spain, it was only available as a three-door, four-seater hatchback. The Arosa, launched in 1997, was to a large extent identical to Volkswagen's own city car which was introduced later in 1998, Volkswagen Lupo, and both cars were based on the Volkswagen Group A00 platform, a shortened version of the A03 platform used by the larger Volkswagen Polo and SEAT Ibiza.

The Arosa was initially manufactured at a Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Germany, and only in May 1998, was the production moved to SEAT facilities in Martorell in Spain.

The Arosa was designed by the same man who designed the Bugatti Veyron 16.4, Jozef Kabaň.

SEAT Arosa Pre-facelift front 
SEAT Arosa Pre-facelift rear 

Facelift (2000–2004)[edit]

The model later received a facelift in October 2000. The Arosa replaced the SEAT Marbella in the Spanish brand's lineup, but itself was not replaced by any SEAT, when production ceased in 2005.

Apart from its exterior restyling, the facelift model featured a restyled interior, with a new dashboard.

SEAT Arosa Facelift front 
SEAT Arosa Facelift rear 

SEAT Arosa 3L[edit]

In 1999, SEAT presented the SEAT Arosa 3L to be launched in January 2000, a lightweight car fitted with a 61 PS (45 kW; 60 hp) 1.2 L TDI three-cylinder turbo diesel engine and consumption 2.99 litres per 100 kilometres (94 mpg-imp; 79 mpg-US). In order to reduce its fuel consumption, there has been an extensive use of aluminium and other light materials, cutting weight to 860 kilograms (1,900 lb), improvements in lowering the air resistance, Start-Stop modules and use of low-friction tires put into alloy wheels. The model was also equipped with an electronically driven automatic transmission with three modes: 'Eco', Normal and 'Tiptronic'. This combination of powertrain and saving weight allowed the Arosa 3L to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 14.7 seconds, and reach a top speed of 164 km/h (102 mph).[1]


The Arosa was available with the following units:[2]

Petrol engines

  • 1.0 L (999 cc) I4, 8v OHC, 37 kW (50 PS), 86 N·m (63.4 ft·lbf)
  • 1.4 L (1390 cc) I4, 8v OHC, 44 kW (60 PS), 116 N·m (85.6 ft·lbf)
  • 1.4 L (1390 cc) I4, 16v DOHC, 74 kW (100 PS), 128 N·m (94.4 ft·lbf)

Diesel engines

  • 1.4 L (1422 cc) TDI I3, 6v OHC, 55 kW (75 PS), 195 N·m (143.8 ft·lbf)
  • 1.7 L (1716 cc) SDI I4, 8v OHC, 44 kW (60 PS), 115 N·m (84.8 ft·lbf)

All engines came with a five-speed manual transmission, with a four-speed automatic optional on the 1.4 (44 kW).

Concept models[edit]

The 'SEAT Arosa Racer' concept car

At the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2001, SEAT presented two SEAT Arosa-based concept cars:

  • the 'SEAT Arosa Racer'
  • the 'SEAT Arosa City Cruiser'

Sales and production figures[edit]

Since its launch in 1997 up to 2004, more than 175,000 SEAT Arosa cars have been sold and produced.

The total production per year of SEAT Arosa cars, manufactured in SEAT and other Volkswagen group plants, is shown in the following table :

model 1997 1998
SEAT Arosa  ??? 38,338 46,410 28,403 22,980 19,627 13,814 9,368


  • 'Golden Steering Wheel’ 1997 [9]
  • 'Utilitário do Ano' award in 1998, in Portugal [10]


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