What is it?
Like any car manufacturer keen on the idea of making a profit these days, Seat hasn’t dillied or dallied in its efforts to bring a full family of SUV-shaped models to market. The mid-size Ateca came first, and quickly proved that crossover hatchbacks could actually be reasonably entertaining to drive. Then came the smaller Arona, which wasn’t so hot on the road, but was plenty stylish and decently practical.
The vehicle you see before you is the Tarraco. It’s the third and largest sibling to join Martorell’s growing SUV line-up, and it’s now arrived in the UK with a £28,335 starting price and seven seats as standard across the range.
It’s a handsome, yet familiar-looking thing, isn’t it? Squint and it bears more than a passing resemblance to the Skoda Kodiaq. But then again, that’s hardly surprising; it’s not like VW Group members haven’t got previous form in making vehicles that are all a bit samey. Ah, the joys of platform sharing. Anyway, the Tarraco looks sharp, and Seat says it hints at how their future models will look. The new Leon should be smart, then.
In the UK, the Tarraco range starts at SE, moving up through SE Technology, XCellence and XCellence Lux. More athletically-styled FR and FR Sport models will arrive at a later date. The engine line-up, meanwhile, consists of a 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol; a 187bhp 2.0-litre petrol; and a 2.0-litre diesel with either 148bhp or 187bhp. The 148bhp petrol is front-driven and paired with a six-speed manual ’box, while the 148bhp diesel can have either a six-speed manual and front-wheel drive, or a seven-speed DSG and four-wheel drive. All 187bhp variants send their power to both axles via the automatic transmission.