The SEAT Arosa (Typ 6H) is a city car that was manufactured by 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 a platform with the Volkswagen Lupo and was mostly identical apart from equipment, styling and trim levels.

SEAT Arosa
2002 SEAT Arosa 1.0 Front.jpg
Also calledVolkswagen Lupo
Production1997–2004 [1]
Body and chassis
ClassCity car (A)
Body style3-door hatchback
PlatformVolkswagen Group A00
RelatedVolkswagen Lupo
Engine1.0 L I4
1.4 L I4
1.4 L I4 16 valve
1.4 L I3 TDI
1.7 L I4 SDI
Wheelbase2,323 mm (91.5 in)
Length3,551 mm (139.8 in)
Width1,639 mm (64.5 in)
Height1,460 mm (57 in)
PredecessorSEAT Marbella
SuccessorSEAT Mii

The successor, SEAT Mii, started production in December 2011.

Pre facelift (1997–2000)Edit

Named after Vilagarcía de Arousa, 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 the end of 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 Czech motor vehicle manufacturer, Škoda, has also planned the own version of Arosa by 1998, but it was never officially introduced.

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, Spain. The Arosa was designed by the same man who designed the Bugatti Veyron 16.4, Jozef Kabaň. Production lasted from February 1997 to August 2000.

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 July 2004. A successor eventually arrived in January 2012, with the Mii. Apart from its exterior restyling, the facelift model featured a restyled interior, with a new dashboard.

Due to the decision taken by Volkswagen, to use the Fox instead of developing any genuine replacement for the Lupo, resulted in SEAT being unable to produce their own version. In the United Kingdom, 2,500 Arosas found homes in the country in 2003, accounting for around seven per cent of the firm’s sales.[2] Production lasted from September 2000 to July 2004.



The Arosa was available with the following units:[3]

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 (101 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 modelsEdit

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 figuresEdit

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 Audi/Volkswagen group plants, is shown below :

model 1997[4] 1998[5] 1999[5] 2000[5] 2001[6] 2002[7] 2003[8] 2004[9]
SEAT Arosa 42,741 38,338 46,410 28,403 22,980 19,627 13,814 9,368


  • Golden Steering Wheel 1997 [10]
  • Utilitário do Ano Award 1998, in Portugal [11]


  1. ^ "SEAT Arosa (1997 - 2005)". RAC. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Seat calls time on Arosa". Autocar. 29 June 2004. Retrieved 25 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Global Autoindex". Archived from the original on 2009-07-27. Retrieved 2007-02-17.(also the source for technical data in the infobox)
  4. ^ "Volkswagen AG Annual Report 1997" (PDF). Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "Volkswagen AG Annual Report 1999" (PDF). Volkswagen AG. 2010-09-13. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
  6. ^ "Volkswagen AG Annual Report 2000" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-02-06.
  7. ^ "Volkswagen AG Annual Report 2001" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-02-06.
  8. ^ "Volkswagen AG Annual Report 2002" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-02-06.
  9. ^ "Volkswagen AG Annual Report 2003" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-02-06.
  10. ^ "The new SEAT Ibiza wins the Golden Steering Wheel prize in Germany". Archived from the original on 2010-05-29. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
  11. ^ Palmares SEAT,lang=pt.html

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