Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3
  • Classy and ergonomic cabin
  • Plush materials up top and simple controls
  • Digital dials standard on all models

Despite the usual VW Group switchgear commonality, the new-look SEAT dashboard with a floating infotainment touchscreen is different from its cousins that have them set into the dashboard.

In fact, calling it floating is misleading – it’s not freestanding like that of the Peugeot 5008, rather it’s chamfered away behind to create an optical illusion. Somehow it looks a retrograde step from the integrated look of the smaller Arona and Ateca models, and does look a little cheap with a large glossy black bezel around it that looks like it should be filled by a larger screen (it can’t be). Still, in-built Alexa and Shazam are available if such technologies are boat-floaters for you.

Elsewhere, soft-touch plastics on top of the dashboard feel higher quality than the equivalent Kodiaq, but lower down the interior there are some scratchier feeling materials. However, there are some materials akin to those found in the Peugeot 5008 on the door cards that match the pleasant seats, so it feels different enough from the Kodiaq and Tiguan to be worth a look, and not just a reskinned interior. Plus, standard-fit digital dials on all Tarraco models give an extra air of quality and sportiness.

However, the Tarraco isn’t quite a true seven-seater: think upon it more as a five-plus-two as – like its rivals – the rearmost seats are sized and shaped for kids rather than adults. If you want a more accommodating SEAT with seven seats, then the Alhambra is still on sale.

Is it comfortable?

  • Supportive seats on all models
  • Good amount of adjustment
  • Good refinement, but firm ride

The Tarraco needs to be a comfortable and relaxing family car, and it delivers on this front when it comes to interior accommodation, while refinement is also good. It’s a hushed car with good sound insulation – the engines don’t get too rowdy and wind noise is kept to a minimum (aside from some noise coming from the panoramic sunroof at speed). However, the large 20-inch alloys can kick up a bit of a racket on some surfaces, and this can impact comfort over rough roads too.

The Tarraco has a firmer ride than pretty much all of its rivals, making it the least comfortable of the lot. However, it’s far from uncomfortable – it’s just that the Tiguan and Kodiaq major in this area. The Tarraco claws back a bit of ground with supportive and comfortable seats with plenty of adjustment, so it’s easy to get comfy. Our suggestion would be to avoid the higher-spec models and their larger wheels and opt for an SE Technology or Xcellence model – you still get impressive seats, but with more of a sidewall on the tyres the ride is a little softer.