2019 Seat Tarraco revealed

Large seven-seater joins Seat’s SUV line-up, taking the fight to the Peugeot 5008...

2019 Seat Tarraco

Seat Tarraco front

On sale: Early 2019 | Price from: £25,000 (est)

We’ve known the Seat Tarraco was coming for some time. From the minute Skoda brought out the Kodiaq (itself related to the Volkswagen Tiguan) in 2016, it was inevitable that there would be a Seat equivalent, based on the same underpinnings. And so we come to the Tarraco, a large seven-seater that joins the small Arona and family-sized Ateca in the Spanish car maker’s SUV line-up.

2019 Seat Tarraco engines

Seat Tarraco rear

Four engines will be available at launch, with the entry-level choice being a 148bhp 1.5-litre turbo petrol unit. Then there’s a more powerful 187bhp 2.0-litre turbo option, while drivers covering enough miles for a diesel have a further two 2.0-litre choices producing either 148bhp or 178bhp. In the Kodiaq, it’s the lower-powered diesel that we recommend. Four-wheel drive is available on some models, and gearbox options are a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic.

2019 Seat Tarraco future versions

Seat Tarraco rear

Hinting that electrified versions of the Taracco are on the way, Seat says the car will benefit from “alternative powertrain technologies” in the future.

2019 Seat Tarraco handling

Seat Tarraco front

While the Tarraco is virtually identical to its VW Group siblings underneath, it has been tuned to offer a more dynamic driving experience. Seat has proved that this can work, too; the Arona and Ateca are among the sharpest cars in their classes to drive. As in other Seat models, drivers can adjust the car’s settings through a number of driving modes.

2019 Seat Tarraco interior

Seat Tarraco interior

Inside, the Tarraco gets a 10.25in configurable screen in place of traditional dials, plus a separate 8.0in touchscreen for things like the sat-nav map. The Tarraco will also be available with gesture controls, if drivers specify an optional pack. Driver assistance systems include lane-keeping assistance, blindspot monitors and automatic emergency braking.

2019 Seat Tarraco space and practicality

Seat Tarraco boot

While Seat hasn’t quoted a boot capacity for the Tarraco, you can assume that it will be similar to that of the Kodiaq, which has a big (although not class-leading) boot that meets the demands of most big families. The Tarraco is the first Seat SUV to be offered with seven seats, but as in the Kodiaq, they’re likely to be more suitable for children than adults.

2019 Seat Tarraco prices

Seat Tarraco front

Prices are expected to start from around £25,000, making the Tarraco considerably more affordable than its Skoda sibling. Discounts should appear before long, too, and as an example, we can currently net you a saving of 7% on the price of a Kodiaq through What Car? New Car Buying.

2019 Seat Tarraco – what's it like to drive?

Seat Tarraco

We've already had a go in a late-stage prototype version of the new Seat Tarraco, so click the link below to read our full review and find out if it stands a chance of matching up to the best large SUVs.

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