Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • 'Lights On' warning buzzer
  • Adaptive cruise control with speed limiter
  • Digital clock
  • Digital cockpit
  • e-Call (emergency call)
  • Front assist city emergency braking and pedestrian protection
  • Full Link Smartphone Integration with Mirror Link, Apple Car Play, Google Android Auto
  • Gear recommendation indicator
  • Lane assist
  • Low fuel warning light
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Park assist system
  • Rear view camera
  • RPM counter
  • SEAT Drive profile - 4 different modes, progressive steering, 4Drive versions with off-road/snow, steering response, throttle response, gear shifts
  • Top view camera
  • Trip computer
  • Wash water level indicator
  • Wireless Smartphone charger

Entertainment

  • Beats audio system
  • Navigation system with 8" colour touchscreen with proximity sensor, 3D Map display, DAB, AM/FM Radio, 3 USB, Aux-in, 8 speakers, SD card

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Auto headlights with automatic coming and leaving home function
  • Automatic headlight adjustment
  • Body colour door mirrors and handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Chrome front grille frame
  • Chrome roof rails
  • Chrome window surround
  • Dark tinted windows and white ambient light in front and rear door panels
  • Electric front/rear windows
  • Front halogen fog lights with cornering function
  • Fuel door linked to central locking
  • Hidden exhaust pipe
  • Illuminated aluminium front door sill with XCELLENCE logo
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights with lens and taillights
  • Power folding and adjustable door mirrors
  • Power locking and remote control with two foldable keys and opening boot selector
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Rear fog lights
  • Rear wash/wipe

Interior Features

  • 12V socket
  • 12v socket in front
  • 3 zone climate control
  • Ambient spot lighting and front footwell illumination
  • Black interior roof
  • Centre armrest in front with air outlet in rear
  • Chrome dashboard detailing
  • Driver and passenger sunvisor with covered and illuminated mirror
  • Driver/passenger lumbar adjustment
  • Easy fold rear seat system - second and third row
  • Electric adjust driver's seat
  • Folding table on front seat breakrests
  • Forward and backward adjustable seats 2nd row
  • Four cargo rings in the boot
  • Front courtesy light with front reading lights
  • Front cupholders
  • Front seat back storage pockets
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • Height adjustable passenger seat
  • Illuminated boot
  • Instrument lighting with brightness control
  • ISOFIX points in outer 2nd row seats and front passenger seat with top tether anchorage points
  • Leather gear knob
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Leather upholstery with sports seats
  • Leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel
  • Luggage compartment floor with split function
  • Overhead storage compartment
  • Rear armrest and easy back seat release mechanism from boot
  • Rear reading lights
  • Sliding boot cover
  • Tool kit
  • Under front seats storage tray

Packs

  • Driving assistance and safety pack - Tarraco
  • Winter pack - Tarraco

Safety

  • Active front head restraints
  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Electronic stability control
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Front side airbags
  • Hill hold control
  • Seatbelt reminders for all seats
  • Tiredness recognition system
  • Traction control
  • Two curtain airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Alarm
  • Keyless enter and go with electric tailgate with virtual pedal
  • Locking wheel bolts

Technical

  • Comfort suspension
  • XDS electronic differential lock

Wheels

  • 20" Supreme machined alloy wheels 37/1

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

166

HC+NOx

NOx

0.05

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1984

Compression Ratio

11.7:1

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

82.5

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

92.8

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

DIRECT INJECTION

Gears

7 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

38.7

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

44.8

EC Urban (mpg)

31.4

General

Badge Engine CC

2

Badge Power

190

Based On ID

Coin Description

TSI

Coin Series

Xcellence Lux

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

30E

Safety Concerns?

1

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

8

Engine Power - BHP

190

Engine Power - KW

140

Engine Power - RPM

4200

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

236

Engine Torque - MKG

32.6

Engine Torque - NM

320

Engine Torque - RPM

1500

Top Speed

131

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

235/45 R20

Tyre Size Rear

235/45 R20

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

SUPREME MACHINED

Wheel Type

20" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1658

Length

4735

Wheelbase

2790

Width

1839

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

60

Gross Vehicle Weight

2520

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

700

Max. Loading Weight

787

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

2250

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

750

Minimum Kerbweight

1733

No. of Seats

7

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

11.9

On The Road

Exterior Features

Paintwork

Trim

Wheels

Summary

The Tarraco won't make anything like the same impact its smaller Ateca stablemate did when it was launched back in 2016, but it does bring something of that model's dynamic feel to a market segment that really needs a more dynamically-orientated product. We don't think the styling's especially dynamic but that's a subjective call. What can't be denied is that there's a lot to like here for larger families wanting a spacious 7-seat mid-sized SUV with a sportier demeanour: agile handling, state-of-the-art technology, versatility, functionality and plenty of cabin space. Mind you, every other rival in this segment claims to have all these attributes too. It'll be interesting to see how the Tarraco slots in to its sector. Over to you.

Background

Just how important is it for a mid-range 'D'-segment 7-seat family SUV to be 'sporty'. Not very, according to the key protagonists in this segment. SEAT disagrees and is positioning this car, the Tarraco, as a slightly more responsive choice for folk who want to feel that they're driving more than just a crossover-cultured bus after they've dropped the kids off at school. Of course, the Spanish maker needed something to set this contender a little apart from the mechanically almost identical Volkswagen Group models that share its MQB-A platform, the Skoda Kodiaq and the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace. It wasn't so very long ago that SEAT didn't have a single SUV in its line-up. Now, this Tarraco sits at the head of the company's crossover triumvirate that already includes the little Ibiza-based Arona and the slightly larger Leon-structured Ateca. It's the biggest car the brand has yet made and will only be offered in our market with 7 seats. But will it live up to its maker's expectations? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

SEAT says it's put a lot of work into driving feedback so that this car will feel 'sportier' than its rivals. The same people who made its smaller Ateca stablemate so alert and nimble claim to have repeated their magic here, with sharp steering and supple multi-link rear suspension which can be enhanced with optional 'ACC' adaptive damping. The Tarraco offers four direct injection turbocharged engines, two of them petrol, two diesel. Predictably, we've seen them all before in various VW Group models, things kicking off with a 1.5-litre petrol TSI unit mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive. The alternative petrol option, the 190PS 2.0-litre TSI unit comes only in high spec guise with a 7-speed DSG auto 'box and 4WD. Both the diesels are 2.0 TDI unit, the choice being between a 150PS powerplant with front wheel drive and a 190PS variant with 4WD. SEAT plans to introduce a hybrid version soon too. If you're regularly going to be using the third seating row and really loading the car up, then the extra grunt of the pokier powerplants will obviously be useful. The 4WD system that these pricier powertrains offer is, as usual in this class, of the 'on-demand' variety, cutting in when a loss of traction is detected. Predictably, the AWD isn't there to enable any sort of prodigious level of off road prowess; there isn't really the ground clearance for that. Instead, this Tarraco is very firmly tarmac-orientated, like SEAT's other SUVs.

Design and Build

SEAT Design boss Alejandro Mesonero says that the styling of this Tarraco gives 'a hint' to the company's future styling direction. By that, he presumably means that the slightly different design approach that this SUV features in its headlamps and front grille will in future be replicated on other models. The Spaniard claims that the aesthetics will make 'a strong first impression'; you may disagree. What's not up for debate though is that this is a fairly substantial thing by class standards. Measuring in a 4,735mm long and 1,658mm tall, it's 38mm longer than its Skoda Kodiaq class cousin. That and the 2.8m wheelbase facilitate a roomy cabin. And quite a sophisticated-looking one, thanks primarily to a 10.25-inch digital instrument binnacle and the placement of a 'floating' 8-inch infotainment screen on top of the dashboard. The 10.25-inch digital instrument display you'll view through the steering wheel allows drivers to access everything from classic information found on analogue dials to full-colour maps and navigation. Controlling the information provided is simple and requires the driver to merely press the steering wheel-mounted 'View' control button to scroll through the three different available main displays. What else? Well 2nd row seat room is aided by that long wheelbase, but the third row will suit children only. Out back, there's 700-litre of luggage space, which increases to 1,775-litres when all the seats are folded.

Market and Model

Expect the Tarraco to sell in the £28,000 to £39,000 bracket - so, in other words, there's the same kind of price spread as you'll find on a rival Skoda Kodiaq, though it's one that notably undercuts competitors like Volkswagen's Tiguan Allspace, Hyundai's Santa Fe and even Kia's Sorento. There are the usual 'SE', 'SE Technology', 'Xcellence' and 'Xcellence Lux' trim levels. Safety-wise, 'Front assist with bicycle detection', 'Lane assist' and Emergency Call are all standard throughout the range, while Adaptive Cruise Control is standard on the Tarraco in 'Xcellence' trim. SEAT offers a plethora of additional systems too, including 'Emergency Assist', 'Blind Spot Detection and 'Exit Assist', 'Traffic Sign Recognition', 'Traffic Jam Assist' and 'Light Assist' as options, while it has also introduced two new safety systems for the first time: 'Pre-Crash Assist' and 'Rollover Assist'. The Tarraco claims to be extremely well connected too, thanks to its brand's 'Full Link' technology built into its centre-dash infotainment screen, which incorporates 'Android Auto' and 'Apple CarPlay' smartphone-mirroring. Access to calls, messages, music and voice recognition as well as a bespoke 'SEAT Drive' App, means that the Tarraco allows you to network wherever and whenever. In addition, Amazon Alexa is also available to help you manage your personal schedule, play music, navigate to points of interest, request personalised news or find the nearest SEAT dealership.

Cost of Ownership

The headline engine is SEATs well regarded 1.5 TSI petrol turbo unit and it should certainly prove to be very frugal. Expect the 150PS version to manage just over 40mpg on the combined cycle and just under 150g/km of CO2. Obviously, the 150PS 2.0-litre TDI diesel will be much better. Expect about 50mpg and about 145g/km. For the 2.0 TSI 4x4 auto petrol variant, you're looking at just under 40mpg and around 170g/km. And for the 2.0 TDI 190PS DSG auto diesel version, the readings will be around 48mpg and about 152g/km. All models get an automatic stop & start system to cut the engine when you don't need it, stuck in traffic or waiting at the lights. If you want to go further, then you'll need to talk to your SEAT dealer about the Plug-in hybrid variant that's been developed as part of the model range. This, the company claims, will offer an electric driving range of 31 miles and a CO2 output of less than 50g/km of CO2. What else? Well there's SEAT's usual three year/60,000 mile warranty. That's unexceptional when rivals like Hyundai offer five years of cover as standard and Kia offers up to seven years. However, the SEAT deal is extendable, so you might be able to negotiate on that. And it includes two years of Europe-wide roadside assistance. SEAT dealers also offer an 'It's Fixed!' low cost servicing programme. To even out the cost of regular maintenance, you can take up fixed price servicing packages for up to three scheduled halts and they go with the car when you sell it if the balance has still to be used.