The Seat Tarraco is not a made up name it is but rather is named after the old name for the Spanish port of Tarragona. The Seat Tarraco is a seven-seat SUV and completes Seat’s threesome of SUVs, joining the little Arona and midsize Ateca. It’s the biggest, built to rival the likes of the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Skoda Kodiaq, which of course is also the Tarraco’s not-so-distant cousin. All UK cars get seven seats over three rows; it’s a real all-rounder practical, enjoyable, well built and attractive. But it’s not just a range-topper in terms of size. It also gets upmarket materials, higher specs and more equipment than its showroom subordinates. Seat says it
“Blends design and functionality, sportiness and comfort, accessibility and quality, technology and emotion – but in a form that suits a wider variety of lifestyles.”It does do all suit a wide variety, a growing number of customers seem to be looking for one all-around vehicle that will cover family and the working week rather than having two cars nowadays.
The Seat Tarraco is available with Petrol engines 1.5TSI (150 PS), and a 2.0 TSI (190 PS). Diesels are 2.0 TDI (150PS and a 190 PS) the most popular engines are forecast to be the 1.5 TSI and the 2.0 TDI. Driver assistance is a big thing nowadays, and all Tarracos come with lane assist and a front assist, which picks out pedestrians and bicycles. Optional gear includes the usual fare: blind spot assist, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise and traffic jam assist, which does the slowing down/speeding up for you.
I drove the Seat Tarraco XCELLENCE 2.0 TDI 4Drive 190PS DSG, which was full of equipment and is near the top end of the range. The Tarraco does sit quite high on the road as is usual with SUV’s, the visibility is good, and the Tarraco felt more like a well-sorted estate car as the suspension has been well tuned to allow a comfortable ride without the feeling of body roll.
The interior is top class, with the use of quality materials which are well put together. The seven-seat layout, with all seats facing forward, works well, the final row of two rear seats is probably best suited to the children. The room behind the rear seats is generous, and the Tarraco can seat a family of seven and carry their bits and pieces.
The 190 PS Diesel engine is quiet and well suited to the seven-speed DSG gearbox as there never seems to be a delay when you push the throttle pedal, and gear changes are so smooth you hardly notice them. It is not slow either, taking you from 0-60 in 8 seconds and it will return an average of 38mpg.
The Tarraco will compete with the Skoda Kodiaq among others, and it is a competitive package add to that the Colourful Brand that Seat is and if you are looking for a Seven- Seater that will make you smile The Tarraco will oblige.
The Tarraco range starts at £28,335 for the 1.5 TSI petrol up to £38,055 for the XCELLENCE LUX 2.0 TDI with the DSG and four wheel drive.