SEAT Tarraco SE Expertise: long-term take a look at evaluate

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Mileage: 1,658
Financial system: 44.5mpg

SEAT may be very pleased with its Spanish heritage, a lot so that just about each mannequin in its present line-up is called after a city or space in Spain. The Ibiza, Leon, Arona, Ateca and Alhambra all observe this system, and so does the newest addition to the Auto Categorical fleet, the Tarraco.

For the previous 37 years the Iberian model has been utilizing place names, beginning manner again with the Rondo in 1982. The Tarraco is the 14th automotive to observe this precept, nevertheless it was the primary to be named by public vote. SEAT arrange a ballot to decide on the title for its new seven-seat SUV again in late 2017, and Tarraco, the historic title for the town of Tarragona, edged out Avila, Aranda and Alboran, with greater than 35 per cent of the votes.

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But whereas the model’s method to its automobiles’ names is exclusive, the identical can’t be mentioned of the Tarraco itself. The massive SUV shares lots of its traits with the Skoda Kodiaq, sitting on the identical model of the Volkswagen Group’s modular MQB platform and sharing the identical vary of engines. However that’s no unhealthy factor as a result of the Kodiaq scooped the Greatest Giant SUV honour at our New Automobile Awards ceremony final 12 months.

Our Tarraco is an SE Expertise mannequin, which sits close to the underside of the vary, with solely the usual SE trim beneath it (Xcellence and Xcellence Lux sit above our automotive within the line-up). That doesn’t imply it’s in need of equipment, although, as a result of the concentrate on expertise actually shines by means of.

Folding door mirrors, LED headlights and tail-lamps, daytime working lights, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rear parking sensors, hill-hold help, three-zone local weather management and an eight-inch touchscreen navigation system with SEAT’s Digital Cockpit all come as customary, together with 18-inch alloy wheels. Stepping up in trim degree solely actually provides leather-based seats, a parking digicam, bigger wheels and some beauty upgrades, so the SE Expertise specification is the candy spot of the vary.

Identical to the Kodiaq, the Tarraco provides baggage of house, with numerous storage and loads of leg and headroom within the rear seats. Boot capability stands at 1,775 litres with the rear two benches folded flat (simply down on the Kodiaq’s cavernous 2,005 litres), whereas there’s even a usable 230 litres obtainable with the automotive arrange as a seven-seater. These sixth and seventh chairs don’t provide a lot legroom, although, and are solely actually appropriate for teenagers. Adults will merely discover it too uncomfortable to spend a lot time again there, and the seats are robust to clamber into.

The place the Tarraco differs from the Kodiaq is in the way in which it drives. SEAT is well-known for specializing in dynamics, and this SUV doesn’t disappoint. Its sheer measurement means it has some limitations, nevertheless it feels managed when turning sharply into corners and physique roll is stored in verify for probably the most half. The SE Expertise’s smaller 18-inch wheels additionally present a clean trip and the automotive soaks up most street imperfections with out flinching.

The Tarraco’s engine line-up is customary VW Group fare. There’s the selection of a 1.5-litre TSI petrol with 148bhp, a 187bhp 2.Zero-litre TSI petrol or a 2.Zero-litre TDI diesel with both 148bhp or 187bhp. SE Expertise is barely obtainable with the 2 lower-powered models, and our mannequin has the 148bhp diesel. We’ve additionally plumped for the six-speed guide field, as an alternative of the seven-speed DSG automated.

The ability determine may appear low for such a giant automotive, nevertheless it copes with the calls for of every day life nicely. To date I’ve used it round city and on some longer motorway journeys, and the engine by no means feels strained. The truth is, the 340Nm of torque means it feels fairly punchy when going for an overtake. A completely laden Tarraco may be a distinct story however, for most individuals, the lower-powered 2.Zero-litre diesel needs to be fast sufficient. Financial system of 44.5mpg can be spectacular for a 1,660kg automotive.

I’m wanting ahead to seeing the way it copes with the calls for of day-to-day life. My younger son likes to seize and pull at something inside attain, so he’s certain to be testing the automotive as a lot as I’m within the coming months.

*Insurance coverage quote from AA (0800 107 0680) for a 42-year-old in Banbury, Oxon, with three factors.