Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

Parkers VerdictShould you buy a SEAT Tarraco?

There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with the SEAT Tarraco at all, but it’s hard not to be disappointed that as a newcomer in a popular SUV market segment, it doesn’t offer anything above and beyond its rivals to make it the new default choice – instead it’s an alternative to the Tiguan Allspace and Kodiaq if neither of those options do it for you.

It's certainly a very competitive contender with an attractive, well-built interior and smart exterior styling, but it’s competing with some strong competition that are better seven-seaters. For example, the Hyundai Santa Fe feels a more premium, comfortable offering, while the Land Rover Discovery Sport is the true off-roader. Then there's the VW and Skoda which both do the comfort thing well.

However, it’s well worth a look if you want a large family car with a big boot and manageable running costs, and it comes with a simple line-up that's easy to navigate thanks to a lack of optional extras available to keep costs down.

If you're most likely to use it around town, a petrol version could be worth a look as it'll cost less to purchase, however it's the diesels we'd recommend if it's going to be packed with passengers and luggage, and regularly being used on long journeys. The extra torque on offer makes it more relaxing to drive, especially if you choose the DSG transmission - an option we'd go for as it suits the Tarraco's character. 

Similarly, pick a sensible model no higher than Xcellence for the best balance of equipment and value, plus that means it does without the largest 20-inch alloy wheels which can harm the ride comfort slightly.