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SEAT Tarraco Review

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      Launch year
      2019
      Body type
      SUV
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

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Stylish alternative to Skoda Kodiaq

Best bits

  • Stylish seven-seat SUV
  • Spacious and upmarket cabin
  • Cheaper than the equivalent Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

Not so great

  • It’s not exactly a full-size seven-seater
  • You can spend a lot of money on a high-spec model
  • The 2.0-litre petrol is thirsty

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Overall verdict

"The SEAT Tarraco is a practical seven-seat SUV wrapped up in a more stylish package than the Skoda Kodiaq. It’s got a premium and versatile cabin, is good to drive and should be cheap to run, provided you avoid the thirsty 2.0-litre petrol. While it represents good value for money, high-spec models are surprisingly expensive - even on the used market."

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Skoda launched its Kodiaq in 2016 and it quickly became the default choice for car buyers with a growing family. So, when sister brand SEAT sought to introduce its own take on the seven-seat SUV a few years later, it had quite a challenge on its hands. How could it offer something equally competitive without copying the formula like-for-like?


The result is the Tarraco. It builds on the Kodiaq with added technology, slightly sportier driving dynamics, and - arguably - more stylish looks.


It shares an engine line-up with the Kodiaq (and the slightly more expensive Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace), meaning buyers get a choice of 2.0-litre diesels and 1.5- or 2.0-litre petrols. You can also choose from manual or DSG automatic gearboxes, as well as two- or four-wheel drive.


Although it’s not politically correct to say so these days, we actually rate the diesels in the Tarraco. They cope better with the weight of an SUV of this size, with plenty of torque providing a relaxed driving experience. The lower-powered 150PS diesel engine will suit most buyers but the 190PS version makes for particularly effortless motorway driving. It comes with four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox as standard, too - the caravanner’s dream combination.


If you only cover low miles (or do a lot of driving around town), you’d be better with a petrol. Unfortunately the 2.0-litre petrol is particularly thirsty which makes it hard to recommend. The 1.5-litre petrol is more frugal, although you will have to be prepared to drop down a gear or two when you get to hills or look to overtake.


The Tarraco is a more nimble handler than the Skoda Kodiaq, although it still feels like a big old bus compared to the smaller SEAT Ateca. And, because engineers have tried to make the Tarraco better to drive, it’s rather firm. It’ll thump over potholes and you’ll have to slow down significantly for speed bumps. It’s better on the 17- or 18-inch wheels than the 19- or 20-inch alloys that furnish high-spec models.


A highlight of the Tarraco is its cabin. It might not be as interesting to look at as a Peugeot 5008’s, but it’s functional and feels pretty classy. It’s also quite a tech-fest - all models come with an eight-inch media display as well as a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel.


And, of course, it’s very practical. There’s loads of room up front, with a high seating position and supportive seats. Adults will be equally happy in the middle row, although the third row of seats really is for occasional use only. If you need to carry lots of passengers, you should be looking at the dull-but-uber-practical SEAT Alhambra people carrier instead.


All in all, the SEAT Tarraco takes an already winning formula (as seen in the Skoda Kodiaq) and makes it even more appealing. If you like an SUV that handles well, offers stylish looks and features the latest technology, the SEAT Tarraco is a very strong choice indeed.


Is the SEAT Tarraco right for you?

Like most seven-seat SUVs, the Tarraco isn’t going to cut it if you really need to carry seven adults regularly. But it’s still a very practical choice, with a stylish cabin that feels well up to the job of dealing with day-to-day family life. It’s also good to drive, with a wide range of efficient petrol and diesel engines.


What’s the best SEAT Tarraco model/engine to choose?

We think the 2.0-litre TDI is the pick of the bunch, although you’d be better with a petrol if you only cover low miles. In terms of models, go for a mid-level trim - the SE Technology has everything most buyers will need without breaking the bank.


What other cars are similar to the SEAT Tarraco?

If you’re considering a SEAT Tarraco, you should also consider the Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace. Both of which share engines and a platform with the Tarraco, making choosing between them difficult. The Tiguan Allspace is a bit more upmarket than the SEAT, although you’ll pay for that, while the Kodiaq is slightly waftier to drive (which may or may not be a good thing, depending on your requirements).


Outside of Volkswagen Group, you should also consider the stylish Peugeot 5008 with its futuristic interior. The Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento represent good value for money, while the Ford Kuga is another strong choice (although it’s not available with seven seats).


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SEAT Tarraco Electric Infotainment

On the inside

SEAT Tarraco Front View

Driving

SEAT Tarraco Back Car Seats

How much does it cost to run

SEAT Tarraco Side Rear View

Prices, versions and specification

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