Until now, if you were looking for a seven-seater SEAT for some reason, you could look only toward the Alhambra. But that model is not for sale in many countris, as minivans are no longer in fashion. Yet now they are promising something new for big families. This is the rising representation of the growing Spanish SUV line, SEAT Tarraco. It arrived with a starting price of 33.650 €, and is available with seven seats.
It took the Spaniards just two years to launch a full line of SUV models. Ateca (2016) first appeared and soon proved it can be fun to drive crossovers. Arona (2017), who doesn’t get carried away by the road, but is very elegant and practical after his debut. And finally, details emerged in September 2018 about the brand that joined the large SUV market with a Tarraco 7-seater.
Seat Tarraco Dimensions
Tarraco is an impressive 4735 mm long vehicle, making it comparable in size to the MQB-A company’s Skoda Kodiaq (4697 mm) and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace (4701 mm) which are based on the same widely-used architecture. It’s not as tall as any of those ones, though. It’s also longer than the Hyundai Santa Fe, and the wheelbase of the Tarraco’s is 90 mm longer, allowing more passenger space.
He seems to me to be the best of the players on the board. The all-space-shaped Tiguan is suffering a little from Stretch Eating Syndrome while Skoda is beautiful in its elegance, but rather restrained. Tarraco beats these two with its distinctive catchy front end with daytime running lights showing the SEAT autograph, which is identifiable in triangle form. Similar front-body performance we saw in the Cupra Formentor will obviously be the new familiar “face” of SEAT cars.
An LED strip surrounds the stern, connecting the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q8 lights. By the way, all the lamps here, both internal and external, use LED technology, even as standard. Wheel sizes range from 17 to 20 inches in diameter, and these large wheels look quite proportionally in the roomy wheel arches.
Seat Tarraco Interior
Materials that are pleasant to the touch prevail in the cabin, but do not buy artificial wood trim. Except for that, the Tarraco looks impressive when you drive. Not surprisingly, it uses many of the same interior trim and buttons as the smaller Ateca crossover, but the “giant” manages to create its own cabin aesthetic.
A large eight-inch touchscreen sits atop the dash and looks more interesting than the integrated Ateca. It is safer to use it on the road as you are less distracted from the road when looking at it. The 10.25-inch TFT digital display in the toolbar, which is similar in style to Audi virtual devices with individual content settings, is also the basic equipment for both the Style and Xcellence versions.
The good thing here is the large, comfortable seats with hard padding and the amount of storage space, as well as decent leg and head room for riders. Visibility is high, and if you choose a panoramic roof with a sunroof, the cabin will be flooded with lots of light, making it even more spacious in sensations.
The second row of seats can be adjusted separately in length as standard and is divided into three parts (40/20/40), so that you can fold the back of the middle to carry long items, but at the same time place the passengers in the outer seats. As for the third row, it’s not really a full seven-seater car, but just a 5 + 2 crossover, where the folding seats will be good for kids and teens, but not for average or taller tall adults. Even if they are physically placed there.
The boot of the five-seat versions of the Tarraco holds 760 liters behind the rear seatbacks and 2000 liters when folded. The seven-seater model boot is reduced to 230 liters and when the third row is folded it rises to 700 litres. For comparison: the capacity of the Skoda Kodiaq is 650-2065 liters in a five-seater version, and the seven-seater version will accommodate 270 liters or 560 liters in a seven-seater configuration, with the third row seats folded. But here, most likely, SEAT is a bit false about the Tarraco boot ‘s capacity; actually, the difference with Skoda is hardly noticeable.
Seat Tarraco vs competitors
On the platform already used by Audi Q2, SEAT Arona and Ateca, Skoda Karoq and Kodiaq, as well as Volkswagen T-Roc and Tiguan, SEAT Tarraco is build. They claim they tuned the chassis at SEAT, however, to differentiate it from other models within the company. It’s harder at city speeds than the Kodiaq-the stunning 19-inch wheels on our Xcellence test models don’t engage in smooth rolling on asphalt junctions. The situation is improving with the increase of the speed and Tarraco is still transforming into a comfortable aircraft.
But not to the detriment of handling: Tarraco confidently throws himself into a curve on twisty sections of the road, and he’s even ready to sharpen the feeling a bit in Sport mode. Yet while SEAT markets the Tarraco as a versatile SUV, this is nothing more than a marketing trick. He is perfect, after all. Seven-seater exclusive but is it sporty? No. No. Also if the body roll doesn’t go beyond the boundaries of dignity and looks in charge a little better than Kodiaq. By the way, the latter is due to the fact that 20 mm lower than the Skoda is planted on the Tarraco.
Hence Tarraco off-road deserves the greatest focus in the variety of “kit” driving modes. Since the cockpit does not have all-wheel drive control buttons, the pilot has to depend on the factory settings set for rough terrain. This makes it easy for the owner, who isn’t well versed in torque distribution vicissitudes, electronic locks, and other off-road chassis adventure details. SEAT operates on the principle: “On the gas only move.”
In off-road mode, Tarraco instantly converts to four-wheel drive (in other modes, mostly with aprons), the engine never falls into a turbo pit, the wheels slip if necessary to clean the tread, and on slopes the cruise control is triggered automatically for a smooth glide without touching the brake pedal. And it does all work beautifully. It is of course too reckless to raid the muddy ruts with 171 millimeters of ground clearance, but the slippery climbs into the woods and towing a trailer in a wet meadow is quite difficult for the great Spaniard. The all-wheel drive Tarraco 4Drive versions are decent tugs, by the way: up to 2300 kg can be towed in the diesel version.
Seat Tarraco Engine
The starting choice is a front-wheel drive model with a 1.4-liter gasoline engine with 150-horsepower. There is no manual gearbox, and even the smallest engine has automatic 6-speed transmission.
This is a quiet cruiser on the highway, with a well-insulated cabin. Smooth transition from the DSG brings complexity to the process. 190 hp 2.0 liter diesel engine powerful enough for most situations, but the 150 hp version-also a decent option if you don’t travel frequently at high speeds under full load. In urban mode, the difference in dynamics is almost not felt in a half-empty car, which promises a difference of 60 Nm, while the fuel consumption is more limited: 8.6 l/100 km versus 9.0 in our test cycle for a 190 horsepower car. Consumption on the road is nearly equal, and is 6.7 l/100 km for both versions.
A diesel engine working fairly smoothly makes a fine travel companion. Around 2000 rpm you begin to get serious and continue to accelerate steadily until the digital monitor shows 4000 rpm, after which the fuse burns out. The car is fast in neither version of the Tarraco engine but it looks very dynamic by class standards.
Unlike other VW Group cars, however, this 2.0-liter TDI is showing a low reaction speed in response to acceleration. When driving Tarraco around town, particularly in Eco mode, the engine reacts prohibitively at low revs. Not only is this a turbojam, it is also a delay in the supply of fuel due to the reconfiguration of the control system to limit CO2 emissions in urban conditions. And to a greater degree this applies to a 190 horsepower engine, which possibly explains such a slight subjective difference in the acceleration dynamics with a less powerful version.
Ultimately, Tarraco picks up on the speed promised on paper, but the time after the roundabout to get stuck in fast-moving traffic, leave the T-junction or reach the roundabout will not be that simple and predictable, particularly given DSG’s slow start in first gear feature. The solution to the problem can be chip tuning, which will remove the “shirt” electronic It is rather legal, by the way, since certain factory limitations are not justified in the reality of some countries ecological standards.
Seat Tarraco Equipment
SEAT Tarraco handsomely rewards the basic equipment level for its shortcomings in Powertrain tuning. The entry-level Style car comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, 3-zone climate control!), (an 8-inch multimedia system, heated front seats, automatic headlamps and wipers, a range of driving modes, start-stop, cruise control, keyless entry and rear pilot park, as well as a folding front passenger seat back! Our Xcellence test for 901 645 UAH (946 228 UAH for 190 forces) includes 19-inch wheels, a rearview camera, sports seats with suede inserts, adjustable rear seats, a non-contact tailgate servo motor and a perimeter parking system with a pilot.
Of course, you ‘d still like your family car to be as comfortable as it is practical, and Tarraco won’t budge here. Also a family SUV was healthier at the time of presentation of the Spanish in EuroNCAP collision tests-this is the most expensive Volvo XC60.
But the Spanish Tarraco built heated steering wheel is not even on the list of additional equipment: there is not even space for a button to turn it on in the cabin. You will have to pay extra (13,825 UAH), as well as for a circular display system with 4 cameras (15,068 UAH), for a good-sounding Beatsaudio speaker system with 9 speakers and a subwoofer.
Okay, two more seats in Tarraco: the option isn’t free: SEAT will request 21 900 UAH for them. By the way, this is cheaper than the Skoda and VW, and for the Peugeot 5008, too. And if we take the Skoda Kodiaq as a benchmark, then SEAT is better prepared for the same capital. Okay, the most expensive Tarraco would cost about 44,000 euros with all available options.
With an SUV of this size the SEAT Tarraco is capable of respectable dynamics and provides balanced handling and comfortable ride. It has an elegant cabin, nice chairs and plenty of passenger and luggage space. Because SEAT and Skoda are represented by various importers in some countries, their closest relative Kodiaq is less attractive in price, which can lead to an outflow of buyers in favor of the Spanish.