New SEAT Tarraco Review

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  • Extremely practical
  • Well built interior
  • Good engine range
  • Plain to look at inside
  • Not as sporty as claimed
  • Pricey top-of-the-range models
42.8 - 57.6
CO2 emissions
129 - 152 g/km
First year road tax
£205 - £515
Safety rating

The SEAT Tarrao is a big, practical, seven-seater SUV with a durable cabin. It’s available with a good choice of engines but isn’t as sporty to drive as SEAT likes to make out

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The SEAT Tarraco is a great family car with loads of space for four adults and a pair of occasional seats in the boot that are great for kids. It’s easy to drive and has a range of engines that are cheap to run.

One of the best points of the SEAT Tarraco is its cabin. There’s nothing flashy about the design – in fact, it’s a little fussier than the cabin you get in a Skoda Kodiaq – but it’s still very easy to use and feels durable. It’s also looks pretty high-tech because all models get a huge infotainment screen behind the steering wheel that’s an option in the Skoda. It can transform into a big sat-nav map in all but basic models.

Whichever model you choose, the SEAT Tarraco is an easy car to get on with. Up front, you get loads of adjustment for the driver’s seat and steering wheel – so getting comfy is easy. Meanwhile, the middle row of seats has loads of room for two adults, in fact, even three won’t feel too crushed. The third row is only really suitable for kids mind you, and is a bit of a pain to access if you’re not as flexible as you once were.

The SEAT Tarraco is just as spacious for stuff as it is for people. You get loads of smaller storage bins scattered around the cabin and you can specify handy features like wireless phone charging.

Even the boot is well thought out. It has space for a small suitcase even with all the SEAT’s seats in use but, with only five seats in place, it’s massive – easily swallowing a set of suitcases without a second thought. Even big jobs are simple because all the back seats fold completely flat into the floor and the huge boot opening makes loading bulky items as hassle free as possible.

The SEAT Tarraco SUV should really be called a 'Spacious Utility Vehicle' – it's absolutely massive inside

Mat Watson
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And that easy-going nature carries through to the way the SEAT Tarraco drives. Sure, there’s a bit of a blind spot over your shoulder but the view out the front is excellent and standard rear parking sensors make reversing that bit less nerve-wracking. Move up the range and you can also have a rear-view camera or a 360-degree camera, which make tight manoeuvring even easier.

That said, the SEAT Tarraco feels best as a long distance cruiser. It’s quiet and comfortable on the motorway, calm and composed on winding country roads and gets important safety features like automatic emergency braking as standard.

A good mixture of economical petrol and diesel engines means there’s something for everyone and you can also choose to have four-wheel drive and a smooth-shifting automatic gearbox.

Of course all this adds to the price, but the SEAT Tarraco is still quite competitively priced – but check out our SEAT Tarraco deals to see how much you can save on one. Also, for more in-depth info, read the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our SEAT Tarraco review.

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