Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

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

Petrol engines 6.3 - 8.9 mpp
Diesel engines 7.5 - 10.6 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
  • 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 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 when driving gently. However, in real-world mixed driving, 35mpg is a realistic expectation.

With this in mind, the petrol Tarraco 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 some versions of the Peugeot 5008 and Nissan X-Trails manage lower emissions compared with the Tarraco.

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 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.

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

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £150 - £475
Insurance group 18 - 30
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