4.3 out of 5 4.3
Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

The seven-seater that doesn't drive like a seven-seater

SEAT Tarraco SUV (18 on) - rated 4.3 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £30,080 - £43,350
Lease from new From £294 p/m View lease deals
Used price £18,225 - £37,510
Used monthly cost From £455 per month
Fuel Economy 29.7 - 52.3 mpg
Road tax cost £155 - £490
Insurance group 18 - 31 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Excellent infotainment and connectivity
  • Handles well for a large SUV
  • Quick steering and sporty drive

CONS

  • Firm ride might be off-putting for some
  • Rearmost seats are tight for adults
  • We're still waiting for the plug-in hybrid

SEAT Tarraco SUV rivals

Written by Keith Adams on

Is the SEAT Tarraco any good?

Sitting at the top of the Spanish carmaker’s range is the seven-seater SEAT Tarraco should tick all the boxes for many family car buyers. We think so, as it was a double winner in the 2021 Parkers new Car Awards. It also completes SEAT’s SUV line-up alongside the popular Arona and Ateca.

Not only is the Tarraco up against the spacious Peugeot 5008 and the distinctive-looking Hyundai Santa Fe, it also has two close cousins to contend with in the forms of the Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace. Make no mistake, the Tarraco, Tiguan and Kodiaq are very closely aligned – all three sharing the Volkswagen Group's same long-wheelbase underpinnings and much of their mechanical components.

This is good news for anyone interested in buying a SEAT Tarraco, as there's so much shared with its Volkswagen and Skoda sister cars. The benefit for buyers being that although it's quite new, it's based on tried and tested tech, with any issues already ironed out.

Read the SEAT Tarraco verdict

What's it like inside?

The Tarraco is all about being family friendly with a spacious interior, and it delivers in this regard – to a degree. Seven seats come as standard across the whole Tarraco range, the rear row is better for children than adults, so test it before buying. Much in the way the Tiguan Allspace is – you’ll want the Skoda Kodiaq out of the three as it has slightly more space and larger rear side windows.

If, however, you’ll be using it as a five-seater with a big boot and two occasional kids' seats, you won’t be disappointed. There’s ample head and legroom in the first two rows, plenty of Isofix points, a sliding middle row and a large boot with space to store the load cover. There’s also additional extra storage throughout with large cubbyholes, cupholders and storage areas.

Read more on the SEAT Tarraco interior

What's it like to drive?

The Tarraco is the sportier of the Volkswagen Group trio that also includes the Tiguan Allspace and the Skoda Kodiaq. It gets slightly lower suspension and large 20-inch alloy wheels are available higher up the range. If you live out in the countryside, you'll be pleased to know it has the option of four-wheel drive on the more powerful 4Drive models

In reality, it doesn’t feel massively different to drive to the other two, however it does feel a little firmer on rough surfaces, has more responsive steering and doesn’t have the option of adaptive suspension like the Kodiaq and Tiguan – so it’s worth checking its comfort levels are good enough for you.

The rest of the time it’s a refined and quiet ride, with the 2.0-litre engines proving more than strong enough to haul the Tarraco along, however it’s the 1.5 TSI that’s the best-seller.

Read more on how the SEAT Tarraco drives

What models and trims are available?

The line-up consists of entry-level SE, moving up through SE Technology, Xcellence and Xcellence Lux to begin with. The FR version was added to the range in 2020 with some sportier touches inside and out, including machined alloy wheels, bucket sports seats and a larger infotainment screen.

In a bid to become more eco-friendly, a plug-in hybrid Tarraco called the eHybrid was launched in 2020. It's powered by a 1.4-litre TSI petrol in combination with an electric motor and total power output is 245hp, with 400Nm of torque available - matching that of the diesel. All-electric range is claimed to be around 31 miles, with CO2 emissions rated at below 50g/km. It's not on sale in the UK yet, but we'll keep you posted when it arrives.

SEAT Tarraco SUV rivals