Car Review | SEAT Tarraco
The all-new SEAT Tarraco has caught the eyes of many having just been released to the market this year. SEAT’s most premium car to date arrives at a starting price of €34,700 and is priced competitively against the Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace. Interestingly, all three models sit under the Volkswagen Group’s banner. However, costs can exceed €50,000 if you are looking to upgrade from the standard model.
It comfortably sits seven people, and when rear seats are folded forward, it has an impressive boot capacity of 700 litres. Other features in the boot include hooks for bags and a flat load lip, convenient for unloading items.
Second-row passengers are treated to what feels like acres of head and legroom as well as adjustable seats. The row of seats is more like a long bench with a 60:40 configuration. The third row is easily accessible, but space may be limited depending on the size and number of people in the back.
The driver is treated to lumbar support seating, which comes as standard with the Tarraco. This feature can be a make or break for many car buyers in today’s market. However, you will need to upgrade to a higher spec to take advantage of fully electric front row seating.
Equipped with features such as USB points, armrests, Isofix points and a 12-volt socket the Tarraco has it all. The car comes with two fold out trays located on the back of both the front seat passengers.
From the slick digital dashboard to the front and centre infotainment system screen, this car comes with all the gadgets one would hope for when buying a premium car. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come as standard features with this model. The Tarraco supports wireless phone charging. Its parking assist is second to none due to the rear view camera installed to make parking that bit easier.
The Tarraco, Kodiaq and Tiguan Allspace all share similar engine and gearbox options. Options for the Tarraco range from a 1.5-litre petrol engine to a 2-litre diesel engine. We recommend the 2.0 TDI with a 150 bhp; as it is the perfect balance between efficiency and comfort. The Tarraco has a significant presence on the road due to its height, providing a smooth yet gripping driving experience.
To conclude, the Spanish manufacturer has done excellent work with this alternative seven-seater solution. The SUV is a suitable choice for those looking for a practical and spacious family SUV. Identical to its rivals, this decision will hinge on personal brand preference when deciding between the Tarraco and its competitors.