New 2019 SEAT Tarraco
The new SEAT Tarraco SUV is the Spanish brands largest SUV, sitting above the smaller Ateca and Arona models. The Tarraco is filled with high spec technology and equipment as standard. The interior gets a huge helping of high-quality materials, making it one of if not the best-equipped SEAT's on the market. Even though the Tarraco is a large SUV, it still manages to maintain the sporty look SEAT are known for. It is one of the better looking large SUV's currently available.
SEAT is part of the VW Group. It, therefore, it shares the same MQB-A Long wheelbase platform as other family members - the Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace. Not only will the Tarraco be competing against its distant relatives, but it will also find stiff competition against the Hyundai Santa Fe and Peugeot 5008. It's quite a competitive market.
SEAT follow their 'Easy Move' (three-step process) to make buying a car as simple and hassle-free. The three steps are to choose a model, then trim level and finally paint colour (metallic paint is free on every car).
There are four trim levels available each one adding more features as you go up the range. Starting with the entry-level SE, then next up is the SE Technology, then Xcellence and finally Xcellence Lux. There are only three optional extras available which are, a space-saver spare wheel, towbar and panoramic roof.
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Safety Assists and Features
The SEAT Tarraco comes with a healthy selection of safety features and assists as standard across its range. Some of these features include a Traction Control System (TCS), multiple airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), eCall, Lane Assist, Tiredness Recognition, Front Assist, which includes Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and pedestrian protection and three ISOFIX points.
Higher spec Tarraco models come with extra features such as Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and a rearview camera.
This vast array of standard safety features is arguably one of the most substantial in its class range. There is no surprise that the Seat Tarraco was awarded the highest 5-star rating from the Euro NCAP safety tests.
Space, Practicality and Storage
The SEAT Tarraco is a seven-seat family SUV, so having plenty of space for all the family is a must. The seven seats are arranged in three rows (2-3-2), with plenty of space in the first two rows but limited in the third row. Upfront, there's a lot of leg and headroom. As the Tarraco is wide, there's plenty of space in between passenger and driver. The front seats are adjustable, so any size driver and passenger should have no issues finding a comfortable seating/driving position.
The middle row again offers a great amount of space, and three adults can sit comfortably on the bench-style seat. The bench is adjustable and can slide and tilt so passengers can set to the most comfortable position for the journey. The third row of seats do not offer the most amount of space and can be a little awkward to get into. These two rear seats are best suited to young children, due to the limited space and could become a little uncomfortable on long journeys. The SEAT Tarraco is a great versatile family SUV but is more of a 5+2 car rather than a fully-fledged seven-seater.
The Tarraco has a variety of storage cubbies throughout the cabin, including large door pockets, glovebox, several cupholders. There is also a large cubbyhole under the centre armrest, so there should be no problem finding a home for all your bits and bobs. The boot is spacious with a capacity of 700-litres, with the two back row seats folded down. This rises to 1775-litres with the middle row of seats folded away. This puts the Tarraco only a small step behind the cavernous Skoda Kodiaq, which achieves 720-litres and 2005-litres respectively. With all seven seats in use, the boot reduces to a capacity of 230-litres. This is still pretty good and should be plenty if you are taking the family away to the seaside for the day.
Interior Technology and Comfort
The interior of the Tarraco is very appealing and is of a higher quality to that found in other SEAT models. There is plenty of soft-touch plastics throughout the cabin, combined with trim pieces made from various materials. It is very much keeping in line with its cousins, the VW Tiguan Allspace and the Skoda Kodiaq all having influences from the parent VW Group.
Standard equipment across the range includes SEAT's infotainment system comprising of a 10.25-inch digital Cockpit in place of the standard analogue dials and an 8-inch 'floating' colour touchscreen. All models get DAB Radio, Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free system. There is also full smartphone integration, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and also Amazon Alexa integration.
All models, apart from the entry-level SE, get sat-nav with 3D mapping as standard, along with dark tinted windows in the rear. If you opt for one of the Xcellence trim models, then you also get Park Assist (self-parking functionality), front parking sensors, a rearview camera, keyless entry (KESSY) and adaptive cruise control, to name just a few extras.
Once inside the Tarraco, it is easy to get comfortable, and all models have adjustable seats, with the front seats benefitting from adjustable lumbar support as well.
Engines and Performance
The SEAT Tarraco comes with a choice of two diesel and two petrol engines, a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG automatic transmission and either front or all-wheel drive.
There is a 2-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine with a choice of two power outputs, either 148hp and 340Nm torque or 187hp and 400Nm. The lower-powered engine is available with either manual or automatic transmission, as well as the choice of FWD or 4WD. The more powerful version is only available in 4WD and with the seven-speed DSG automatic transmission. Both diesel engines are good and perform well getting from 0-62mph in 9.8secs and 8secs respectively. The torque is no problem when it comes to overtaking.
The two petrol engines are a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder TSI with 148hp and 250Nm, which come mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and FWD only. Then there is a 2-litre, four-cylinder TSI with 187hp and 320Nm, which is only available with 4WD and mated to a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission. Both are fairly nippy for such a big car, getting from 0-62mph in 9.7secs and 8secs respectively.
Of the engine choices, either of the diesel options would offer the best all-round performance, especially with the extra torque making pulling a large SUV filled with people and luggage that bit easier. There should also be a plug-in hybrid version available in 2020 and potentially a sporty FR version. If you can wait a little longer, the PHEV could be the best option with more power and performance, but also better efficiency and economy.
The SEAT Tarraco is a lovely looking car and will certainly compete well against the rivals in its class. It is reasonably priced and comes with a large kit of standard features in in the lower trim levels. If you are after a big, roomy family SUV, this could prove to be a great choice.