Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 4.4 - 6.2 mpp
Diesel engines 5.5 - 7.7 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 29.7 - 41.5 mpg
Diesel engines 37.2 - 52.3 mpg

2019 SEAT Tarraco puddle light

  • Diesels the way to go for best fuel economy
  • Deeper pockets needed to run a petrol
  • Servicing and maintenance should be manageable

How much is it going to cost to run?

All Taraccos are powered by the Volkswagen Group's brilliant range of petrol and diesel engines. The entry-level 1.5-litre petrol is capable of delivering great fuel consumption, even if it has its work cut out when loaded. That would explain the competitive 4.4 - 7.7 mpp figures across the board.

MPG and CO2

Petrol

  • 1.5-litre 150 TSI: 36.7-41.5mpg, 155g/km CO2
  • 1.5-litre 150 TSI DSG: 34.9-39.2mpg, 165g/km CO2
  • 2.0-litre 190 4Drive TSI: 32.5-34.9mpg, 184g/km CO2
  • 2.0-litre 245 4Drive TSI: 30.7-32.8mpg, 195g/km CO2

Diesel

  • 2.0-litre 150 TDI: 47.1-52.3mpg, 142g/km CO2
  • 2.0-litre 150 TDI DSG: 47.1-51.4mpg, 144g/km CO2
  • 2.0-litre 200 4Drive TDI: 40.4-42.8mpg, 172g/km CO2

Under the 'real world' WLTP official fuel efficiency testing regime, the most economical versions to consider is the lower-powered 2.0 TDI. Best of the petrols are the 1.5-litre 130 TSI versions in manual or auto form.

Emissions for the Tarraco kick off with 142g/km for the 150hp 2.0 TDI, and max out at 195g/km for the 2.0 TSI 245 – reflecting that this offers very brisk performance.

Servicing and maintenance

SEAT has more than 100 dealers in the UK. Customer service is rated highly, and in the 2019 JD Power Vehicle Dependability Study, SEAT scored a better-than-average 117 faults per 100 cars – trailing sister brand Skoda and Volkswagen, but beating Audi.

SEAT offers Service and Maintenance Plans which will offset the cost of future servicing against an upfront payment, often built-in to the finance agreement. The advantage of these is that they will protect you against any future increase in servicing costs, and all work carried out comes with two years warranty.

Is it reliable?

  • The Tarraco uses familiar tech
  • Engines found in many, many other VW Group cars
  • Feels solidly built and like it’ll last

The SEAT Tarraco uses components that have been in service for a good few years now, most notably the engines and transmissions. There should be little to worry about for now, and the touchscreen tech has also been utilised in the firm’s cars for a while – and proved better in use than the latest system used in the Leon.

The Tarraco comes with a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £155 - £490
Insurance group 18 - 31
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