UK prices for the new SEAT Tarraco seven-seat SUV have been revealed, with entry-level cars starting from £28,320 and including smartphone mirroring, metallic paint and three-zone climate control. Top-spec cars, meanwhile, cost £32,135 before any optional extras. There are First Edition models, which will be available for a limited time and will offer even more equipment. The Tarraco is SEAT's third SUV, and is larger than the Ateca and Arona.
Starting from £28,320 is the Tarraco SE, which includes an impressive amount of standard equipment. Even this entry-level model features metallic paint, 17" alloy wheels, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and three-zone climate control, allowing the driver, front-seat passenger and those in the rear to choose how warm they want to be. SE Technology adds satellite navigation, 18" alloy wheels and tinted windows, then two Xcellence trims provide extra luxury. The first includes wireless phone charging, adaptive cruise control, Alcantara upholstery, larger wheels, an electric tailgate and a rear-view camera, while you'll want the Xcellence Lux trim if you'd like 20" alloys, leather upholstery, SEAT's winter pack and a top-view camera.
In time, a sporty FR model will be introduced to the range as well. The SEAT Tarraco FR is likely to offer a selection of driving modes, sporty seats and red detailing. In terms of price, the Tarraco slots neatly between the Skoda Kodiaq and VW Tiguan Allspace, and will be available as both a five-seat and seven-seat model.
Seven metallic paint colours are available, which are Dark Camouflage, Oryx White, Reflex Silver, Atlantic Blue, Indium Grey, Urano Grey and Deep Black. Whichever one you choose, it's included in the price.
Adding to the generous specification, three First Edition models are available to celebrate the Tarraco's launch. The SE Technology First Edition adds a rear-view camera, safe-driving pack, wireless phone charging and dark tinted windows. Step up to the Xcellence First Edition to enjoy 20" alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, the safe-driving pack and the winter pack, while the ultimate version of the Tarraco is the Xcellence First Edition Plus, as it adds a powerful Beats audio system and an electrically adjustable driver's seat.
Under the bonnet, you'll have a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines, with either 150hp or 190hp. The range kicks off with a front-wheel-drive 1.5-litre engine with a six-speed manual gearbox, while the other petrol is a 2.0-litre unit hooked up to four-wheel-drive and the DSG automatic gearbox. Both 2.0-litre diesel engines are available with 4Drive and the DSG gearbox, although the 190hp version only comes in this configuration. SEAT implies that the Tarraco will be much better to drive than you might expect, so it could be your number one choice if you'd like a family car that's great to drive.
The company has confirmed that a plug-in hybrid version is in the pipeline. While it's yet to be revealed, expect it to use the 1.5-litre petrol engine and a powerful electric motor. It should be able to travel around 30 miles on electric power alone, and could switch from two-wheel-drive to four-wheel-drive when you need the extra grip.
The SEAT Tarraco will certainly be an eye-catching SUV. Its front end is suave and sophisticated, featuring the same pointy design that SEAT blesses all its cars with. Either side of the new hexagonal grille are the headlights, which are swept back and sharper than the Ateca’s.
At the rear, a full-width bar connects the triangular taillights, which’ll give the Tarraco a stunning night-time light signature. The side profile doesn’t disguise the car’s VW Group origins, but there’s no need to fix a practical, well-thought-out design. We think the SEAT is the best looking of the three, anyway. You're in luck if you like this new design direction - the company says the Tarraco shows what future models will look like.
Inside, there’s a crisp eight-inch touchscreen that sits proudly atop the centre console, instead of being plumbed into the dashboard. Another 10.25-inch hi-res screen is available behind the steering wheel, showing all the relevant driving information. It can be configured to suit your individual preferences, so you’ll be able to have the sat nav right in your eye-line. The Tarraco will be the first SEAT available with gesture control, on top of Amazon Alexa compatibility.
Many of the controls will be familiar if you are coming from an Ateca or a Leon. It’s all logically laid out, and the inclusion of an electric parking brake means there’s plenty of storage space behind the gear lever.
As the Tarraco is based on the multi-award-winning Skoda Kodiaq, there’s plenty of space in the third row of seats. Unlike many large SUVs, adults will feel perfectly comfortable back there – and second-row passengers don’t have to suffer either. The space is highly impressive for a car of this price. There are plenty of useful storage cubbies, and the boot is be similarly enormous to the Kodiaq and Tiguan Allspace. In fact, 700 litres of boot space is available with the rearmost seats folded, increasing to 1,775 litres with the middle row down as well.
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