2019 Seat Tarraco – what we know so far

Seat is readying a seven-seat SUV to sit above the Arona and Ateca in its range. But what can you expect from this new model?...

2019 Seat Tarraco – what we know so far

Seat Tarraco front

Seat is on a roll. In the space of a couple of years, the Spanish brand has gone from not having a single SUV in its range to building two of the best around. And now it’s preparing to introduce a third.

Called the Tarraco, this all-new model will be bigger – and pricier – than the existing Arona and Ateca. But what else can you expect from it?

20V20 concept

Seat 20V20

Seat first hinted that it was thinking of building a large SUV in 2015, when it showed the striking 20V20 concept (above) at the Geneva motor show.

At the time, Seat design boss Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos described the 20V20 as “what we target” after the launch of the Ateca and Arona.

Seat’s Skoda Kodiaq

Skoda Kodiaq front

Under the skin, the Tarraco is closely related to sister firm Skoda’s biggest SUV, the Kodiaq.

As is usually the way, though, the Tarraco will be given a sportier suspension set-up than the Kodiaq, meaning more agile handling to compensate for a slightly firmer ride.

Popularity contest

Seat Tarraco badge

The name of the new car was decided by a public vote, with the stipulation being that it had to come from Iberian geography – a Seat tradition.

Other names in the running included Talboran, Taranda and Avila, with the latter originally considered to be the favourite.

Family-friendly

Skoda Kodiaq third row seats

Cheaper versions of the Tarraco will have five seats, but most will come with seven.

As in the Kodiaq, the rear two seats are likely to be quite cramped, so they will be best reserved for short journeys or smaller passengers. However, they’ll still give the car a versatility that many rivals lack.

Petrol, diesel and hybrid power

Skoda Kodiaq engine

While no official details have been released, the engines are likely to be 148bhp 1.4-litre and 178bhp 2.0-litre petrols, as well as 148bhp and 178bhp 2.0-litre diesels. In the Kodiaq, the lower-powered diesel is our recommendation.

After launch, the Tarraco range is likely to be expanded to include a plug-in hybrid variant.

2x4 and 4x4

Skoda Kodiaq prototype off-road

Most Tarraco owners are unlikely to venture off road, but four-wheel drive will be available for those who want the added traction it brings in slippery conditions.

Buyers will also be able to choose between a six-speed manual gearbox and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Likely price

Seat Tarraco side

The Ateca is slightly cheaper than its Skoda sister, the Karoq. If that pattern holds, the Tarraco will start at around £22,000.

If true, that would also give the Tarraco a lower starting price than our reigning Large SUV of the Year, the Peugeot 5008, although model for model the two cars are likely to be closely matched.

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