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SEAT TARRACO ESTATE

2.0 TSI FR 5dr DSG 4Drive

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SEAT's Tarraco aims to shake up the mid-sized 7-seat SUV market. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

Just how important is it for a mid-range 'D'-segment 7-seat family SUV to be 'sporty'. Not very, according to the key protagonists in this segment. SEAT disagrees and is positioning this car, the Tarraco, as a slightly more responsive choice for folk who want to feel that they're driving more than just a crossover-cultured bus after they've dropped the kids off at school. Of course, the Spanish maker needed something to set this contender a little apart from the mechanically almost identical Volkswagen Group models that share its MQB-A platform, the Skoda Kodiaq and the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace. It wasn't so very long ago that SEAT didn't have a single SUV in its line-up. Now, this Tarraco sits at the head of the company's crossover triumvirate that already includes the little Ibiza-based Arona and the slightly larger Leon-structured Ateca. It's the biggest car the brand has yet made and will only be offered in our market with 7 seats. But will it live up to its maker's expectations? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

SEAT says it's put a lot of work into driving feedback so that this car will feel 'sportier' than its rivals. The same people who made its smaller Ateca stablemate so alert and nimble claim to have repeated their magic here, with sharp steering and supple multi-link rear suspension which can be enhanced with optional 'ACC' adaptive damping. The Tarraco offers five direct injection turbocharged engines, three of them petrol, two diesel. Predictably, we've seen them all before in various VW Group models, things kicking off with a 1.5-litre petrol TSI unit mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive. The alternative mainstream petrol options include 190PS and 245PS versions of the brand's 2.0-litre TSI unit, both of which comes only with a 7-speed DSG auto 'box and 4WD. There's also a PHEV Plug-in hybrid variant available, which mates a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine with an 85kW electric motor and a 13kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Both the diesels are 2.0 TDI units, the choice being between a 150PS powerplant with front wheel drive and a 200PS variant with 4WD. If you're regularly going to be using the third seating row and really loading the car up, then the extra grunt of the pokier powerplants will obviously be useful. The 4WD system that these pricier powertrains offer is, as usual in this class, of the 'on-demand' variety, cutting in when a loss of traction is detected. Predictably, the AWD isn't there to enable any sort of prodigious level of off road prowess; there isn't really the ground clearance for that. Instead, this Tarraco is very firmly tarmac-orientated, like SEAT's other SUVs.

Design and Build

SEAT Design boss Alejandro Mesonero says that the styling of this Tarraco gives 'a hint' to the company's future styling direction. By that, he presumably means that the slightly different design approach that this SUV features in its headlamps and front grille will in future be replicated on other models. The Spaniard claims that the aesthetics will make 'a strong first impression'; you may disagree. What's not up for debate though is that this is a fairly substantial thing by class standards. Measuring in a 4,735mm long and 1,658mm tall, it's 38mm longer than its Skoda Kodiaq class cousin. That and the 2.8m wheelbase facilitate a roomy cabin. And quite a sophisticated-looking one, thanks primarily to a 10.25-inch digital instrument binnacle and the placement of a 'floating' 8-inch infotainment screen on top of the dashboard. The 10.25-inch digital instrument display you'll view through the steering wheel allows drivers to access everything from classic information found on analogue dials to full-colour maps and navigation. Controlling the information provided is simple and requires the driver to merely press the steering wheel-mounted 'View' control button to scroll through the three different available main displays. What else? Well 2nd row seat room is aided by that long wheelbase, but the third row will suit children only. Out back, there's 700-litre of luggage space, which increases to 1,775-litres when all the seats are folded.

Market and Model

The Tarraco sells in the £29,000 to £40,000 bracket - so, in other words, there's the same kind of price spread as you'll find on a rival Skoda Kodiaq, though it's one that notably undercuts competitors like Volkswagen's Tiguan Allspace, Hyundai's Santa Fe and even Kia's Sorento. There are the usual 'SE', 'SE Technology', 'FR', 'FR Sport', 'Xcellence' and 'Xcellence Lux' trim levels. Safety-wise, 'Front assist with bicycle detection', 'Lane assist' and Emergency Call are all standard throughout the range, while Adaptive Cruise Control is standard on the Tarraco in 'Xcellence' trim. SEAT offers a plethora of additional systems too, including 'Emergency Assist', 'Blind Spot Detection and 'Exit Assist', 'Traffic Sign Recognition', 'Traffic Jam Assist' and 'Light Assist' as options, while it has also introduced two new safety systems for the first time: 'Pre-Crash Assist' and 'Rollover Assist'. The Tarraco claims to be extremely well connected too, thanks to its brand's 'Full Link' technology built into its centre-dash infotainment screen, which incorporates 'Android Auto' and 'Apple CarPlay' smartphone-mirroring. Access to calls, messages, music and voice recognition as well as a bespoke 'SEAT Drive' App, means that the Tarraco allows you to network wherever and whenever. In addition, Amazon Alexa is also available to help you manage your personal schedule, play music, navigate to points of interest, request personalised news or find the nearest SEAT dealership.

Cost of Ownership

The headline engine is SEATs well regarded 1.5 TSI petrol turbo unit and it should certainly prove to be very frugal. Expect the 150PS version to manage just over 40mpg on the combined cycle and just under 150g/km of CO2. Obviously, the 150PS 2.0-litre TDI diesel will be much better. Expect about 50mpg and about 145g/km. For the 2.0 TSI 4x4 auto petrol variant, you're looking at just under 40mpg and around 170g/km. And for the 2.0 TDI 200PS DSG auto diesel version, the readings will be around 48mpg and about 152g/km. If frugality is everything, you'll want to consider the PHEV variant which mates a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine with an 85kW electric motor and a 13 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. This derivative offers a 30.5 mile all-electric driving range and boasts WLTP-rated CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km. All models get an automatic stop & start system to cut the engine when you don't need it, stuck in traffic or waiting at the lights. If you want to go further, then you'll need to talk to your SEAT dealer about the Plug-in hybrid variant that's been developed as part of the model range. This, the company claims, will offer an electric driving range of 31 miles and a CO2 output of less than 50g/km of CO2. What else? Well there's SEAT's usual three year/60,000 mile warranty. That's unexceptional when rivals like Hyundai offer five years of cover as standard and Kia offers up to seven years. However, the SEAT deal is extendable, so you might be able to negotiate on that. And it includes two years of Europe-wide roadside assistance. SEAT dealers also offer an 'It's Fixed!' low cost servicing programme. To even out the cost of regular maintenance, you can take up fixed price servicing packages for up to three scheduled halts and they go with the car when you sell it if the balance has still to be used.

Summary

The Tarraco won't make anything like the same impact its smaller Ateca stablemate did when it was launched back in 2016, but it does bring something of that model's dynamic feel to a market segment that really needs a more dynamically-orientated product. We don't think the styling's especially dynamic but that's a subjective call. What can't be denied is that there's a lot to like here for larger families wanting a spacious 7-seat mid-sized SUV with a sportier demeanour: agile handling, state-of-the-art technology, versatility, functionality and plenty of cabin space. Mind you, every other rival in this segment claims to have all these attributes too. It'll be interesting to see how the Tarraco slots in to its sector. Over to you.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency38.70mpg
Emissions
Emissions201.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed130mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 'Lights On' warning buzzer
  • 10.25" digital cockpit
  • Bluetooth audio streaming with handsfree system
  • Cruise control
  • Digital clock
  • Digital cockpit
  • e-Call (emergency call)
  • Electric tailgate with virtual pedal
  • Front assist city emergency braking and pedestrian protection
  • Full Link Smartphone Integration with Mirror Link, Apple Car Play, Google Android Auto
  • Lane assist
  • Low fuel warning light
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • PAS
  • Rear parking sensor
  • RPM counter
  • SEAT Drive profile - 4 different modes, progressive steering, 4Drive versions with off-road/snow, steering response, throttle response, gear shifts
  • Self parking functionality (includes front and rear parking sensors)
  • Trip computer
  • Wash water level indicator

Entertainment

  • Navigation system with 8" colour touchscreen with proximity sensor, 3D Map display, DAB, AM/FM Radio, 3 USB, Aux-in, 8 speakers, SD card
  • Steering wheel mounted audio/telephone controls
  • USB cable for Apple and Android compatibility

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Auto headlights with automatic coming and leaving home function
  • Automatic headlight adjustment
  • Black bumpers
  • Black roof rails
  • Black window trims
  • Body colour door mirrors and handles
  • Body coloured side skirts
  • Chrome front grille frame
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Dynamic rear indicators
  • Electric front/rear windows
  • Electrically adjustable and folding door mirrors
  • Exterior black mouldings
  • Front halogen fog lights with cornering function
  • Fuel door linked to central locking
  • Full LED headlights with LED rear lights
  • Hidden exhaust pipe
  • Illuminated aluminium front door sill with trim logo
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED licence plate lighting
  • Power locking and remote control with two foldable keys and opening boot selector
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Rear fog lights
  • Rear spoiler
  • Rear wash/wipe
  • Sports bumpers

Interior Features

  • 3 zone climate control
  • Ambient spot lighting and front footwell illumination
  • Black interior roof
  • Centre armrest in front with air outlet in rear
  • Driver and passenger sunvisor with covered and illuminated mirror
  • Driver's electric lumbar adjustment
  • Driver/passenger lumbar adjustment
  • Easy fold rear seat system - second and third row
  • Electric driver's seat with memory
  • Folding table on front seat backrests
  • Forward and backward adjustable seats 2nd row
  • Four cargo rings in the boot
  • Front bucket seats
  • Front cupholders
  • Front seat back storage pockets
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • Height adjustable passenger seat
  • Illuminated boot
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Instrument lighting with brightness control
  • ISOFIX points in outer 2nd row seats and front passenger seat with top tether anchorage points
  • Leather gear knob
  • Leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel
  • Luggage compartment floor with split function
  • Olot cloth upholstery
  • Rear armrest and easy back seat release mechanism from boot
  • Rear headrests
  • Sliding boot cover
  • Sports steering wheel
  • Storage draw under front passenger seat
  • Three 12V sockets
  • Tool kit
  • White ambient lighting in front and rear door panels + LED lights in interior door handles

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS
  • Active front head restraints
  • Driver/front passenger airbag
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Electronic stability control
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Front side airbags
  • Hill hold control
  • Seatbelt reminders for all seats
  • Tiredness recognition system
  • Traction control
  • Two curtain airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Alarm
  • Keyless entry and go
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Remote control central locking

Technical

  • Comfort suspension
  • Sports rear shock absorption
  • XDS electronic differential lock

Trim

  • Chrome interior detailing - door and dashboard decorative inserts

Wheels

  • 19" Alloy wheels

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    166
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • NOx
    0.05
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    201
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    214
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    201
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
    196
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
    174
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
    272
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
    202

Engine and Drive Train

  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1984
  • Compression Ratio
    11.7:1
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    82.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    92.8
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    7 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    38.7
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    44.8
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    31.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    8.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    9.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    8.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    8.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    12
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    8.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    31.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    29.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    31.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    32.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    23.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    31.7

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    190
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TSI
  • Coin Series
    FR
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    26E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    97
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    84
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    79
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    79
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    8
  • Engine Power - BHP
    190
  • Engine Power - KW
    140
  • Engine Power - RPM
    4200
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    236
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    32.6
  • Engine Torque - NM
    320
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1500
  • Top Speed
    130

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    255/45 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    255/45 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    EXCLUSIVE
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1674
  • Length
    4735
  • Wheelbase
    2790
  • Width
    1839

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    60
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2500
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    700
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    230
  • Max. Loading Weight
    786
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    2250
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1714
  • No. of Seats
    7
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.9
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Customer Reviews

   
Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"2 weeks ago"

Scott Wall

Scott Wall

"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

"3 weeks ago"

Olivia Creemer

Olivia Creemer

"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

"2 months ago"

Oliver Blayney

Oliver Blayney

"We were really impressed with the service provided from Silverstone Fleet Management. The team were responsive, committed and friendly and ultimately provided the best price for the deal we were enquiring about. I would recommend them to anyone looking to lease a new car, you'll be well looked after! :)"

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"Ryan was the most helpful person I’ve ever dealt with. He was very informative and gave me updates on my vehicle all throughout! If I’m going to anyone for cars, it’s Ryan! Great experience."

"a month ago"

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