Review: SEAT Tarraco (2019)

'Sporty' large seven-seater based on Skoda Kodiaq. Plug-In version in the pipeline.

Bland appearance.

SEAT Tarraco (2019): At A Glance

The SEAT Tarraco is closely related to the Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace and sits above the Arona and Ateca in the firm's range. Built by Volkswagen at Wolfsburg, Germany.

Two petrol and two diesel engines: made up of the 1.5-litre TSI producing 150PS and paired with a six-speed manual transmission transferring power to the front wheels along with a 190PS 2.0-litre combined with a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive.

Both diesel engines have a capacity of 2.0-litres, producing 150PS and 190PS. The lower-powered version can be paired with a six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive, or a seven-speed DSG and four-wheel drive. The 190PS engine is solely available with a DSG gearbox and all-wheel drive.

A plug-in hybrid version, with an electric range of around 30 miles, is expected to arrive in 2020.

There are two trim levels: SE and Xcellence. The Tarraco follows SEAT's policy of not offering any optional extras.

SEAT is the sporty brand of the Volkswagen Group, and the manufacturer says that the Tarraco is the sportiest vehicle in the segment thanks to athletic looks and its dynamic chassis control, which can firm up during sportier driving or provide a more comfortable ride when required.

The Tarraco features a host of driving assistance features ranging from lane assist to rollover detection.

The Tarraco carries styling cues for future SEAT models, including LED lighting and a sporty design. Buyers can choose from eight colours: Dark Camouflage, Oryx White, Reflex Silver, Atlantic Blue, Indium Grey, Titanium Beige, Deep Black and Urano Grey.

Inside, all Tarracos feature seven seats, along with a 10.25-inch digital cockpit and an eight-inch infotainment screen. Said screen will feature, for the first time in a SEAT, gesture control functions.

What does a SEAT Tarraco (2019) cost?

List Price from £28,640
Buy new from £22,715
Contract hire from £250.15 per month

What have we been asked about the SEAT Tarraco (2019)?

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I'm retired and want to replace my diesel car - what do you suggest?

I'm thinking of changing my diesel Honda CR-V. My local dealer has a SEAT Tarraco 1.5 Evo SE Tech at £21k if registered before the end of October - which seems a very good deal. Also, what is your opinion of the Nissan X-Trail? There seems to be quite a wide range of opinions. I'm open to any other suggestions, I need a fair amount of height from the boot floor to the roof as I have a large dog. Diesels are generally much cheaper but given I'm now retired I guess they don't make sense for me.
The Tarraco's a great car but the 1.5 engine is problematic: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/news/new-cars/2019-07/no-end-in-sight-for-volkswagen-15-tsi-engine-problems The Nissan X-Trail is pretty dated now. I'd recommend a Peugeot 5008. You're right to avoid diesels unless you cover high motorway miles.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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