New Seat Tarraco vs Peugeot 5008

Seat has proven adept at making SUVs – but is its largest one yet, the Tarraco, good enough to topple our recommended Peugeot 5008?...

Peugeot 5008

Buying and owning

Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security

The Tarraco will cost you £2340 more to buy after you’ve factored in dealer discounts. You’ll then need to dig deeper into your pockets for insurance and petrol (the Tarraco averaged 34.5mpg in our tests, compared with the 5008’s 40.8mpg), plus you’ll lose considerably more in depreciation during three years of ownership.

But that isn’t the whole story, because most buyers don’t walk into a dealer and pay the whole sum in one lump. Instead, they’re more likely to sign up to a PCP finance agreement, which involves putting down a deposit and then paying a monthly fee for the next few years.

Seat Tarraco

Put down £3000 and, assuming a three-year term with a 10,000-mile annual limit, the Tarraco will cost you a very reasonable £387 a month – partly due to a 0% APR offer from Seat that’s due to run until at least the end of March. You’ll pay £26 per month more for the 5008 under the same terms.

The 5008 will still cost you significantly less to fuel and insure, though, and if you’re a company car driver in the 40% tax band, it will cost you a whopping £65 a month less in benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax. If you’re leasing, the 5008 will also work out cheaper per month.

There isn’t much in it for standard luxuries, although the Tarraco has the edge; it trumps the 5008 with LED headlights and metallic paint, while its more sophisticated climate control system allows rear passengers to dial in a different temperature from those in the front.

Both cars come with automatic emergency city braking, lane-keeping assistance, a driver tiredness monitor and an SOS button that you can use to contact the emergency services if required. The 5008 adds blindspot monitors and has been awarded a five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP; the Tarraco hasn’t yet been appraised.

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