Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

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

Petrol engines 6.3 - 8.4 mpp
Diesel engines 7.5 - 9.8 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 - 39.2 mpg
Diesel engines 37.2 - 48.7 mpg
  • Diesels the way to go for best fuel economy
  • Deeper pockets needed to run a petrol
  • Servicing and maintenance should be manageable

If running costs are a priority – head straight for the manual-equipped 2.0 TDI 150. SEAT claims between 44.1 and 47.9mpg, making it the most fuel efficient model on paper in the Tarraco range. The DSG version of this returns between 37.2 and 39.8mpg.

The 1.5-litre TSI isn’t far behind this though, with 35.3-37.2mpg achievable depending on the specific trim level (and the wheel size), and we’ve found this engine in other cars remarkably efficient. In fact, we’ve been able to beat the claimed fuel economy figures on several occasions, so this is well worth a look – especially if you use the car around town most of the time.

The 2.0-litre TDI claims between 37.2 and 38.2mpg, making it a solid all-rounder in the middle of the range, plus you don’t need to work the engine quite as hard as the others, so you should be able to achieve these figures.

The 2.0-litre TSI is the thirstiest of the lot, returning 29.7-31.0mpg.

Emissions for the Tarraco kick off with 129g/km for the 150hp 2.0 TDI, and max out at 166g/km for the 2.0 TSI – about par for the course with this type of car. However, it’s worth noting that the Peugeot 5008 and Nissan X-Trail both manage lower emissions for some of the models in the range.

Is it reliable?

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

The SEAT Tarraco is a brand new model for the brand, but isn’t technically a new car altogether. It’s basically a reskinned Volkswagen Tiguan and Skoda Kodiaq, using the same mechanical parts and chassis – the VW Group calls it MQB-A Long wheelbase.

So it uses components that have been in use for a good few years, including the engines and gearboxes. 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.

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

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £150 - £475
Insurance group 19 - 30
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