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?...

New Seat Tarraco vs Peugeot 5008

Our verdict

Make no mistake: the new Tarraco is a good car. Its balance of ride comfort and handling is well judged for a large SUV, finance deals are competitive and it has the best interior we’ve seen yet from the Spanish brand. But despite all of that, the Tarraco has to go down as a missed opportunity – especially when you consider the brilliance of Seat’s other SUVs.

Despite being cheaper to buy, own and run, the 5008 has more safety kit and is even classier inside and more practical – particularly when it comes to third-row seating space. And although you’d think its tiny 1.2-litre engine would be no match for the Tarraco’s larger motor, the 5008 actually delivers better performance in every situation. In short, it’s an absolutely cracking buy, and still comfortably the best SUV you can buy with a budget of less than £30k.

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1st - Peugeot 5008 - 5 stars

Peugeot 5008 rear

For Much cheaper to run; more space for passengers and luggage; higher-quality interior materials; punchy engine

Against Infotainment system could be better; lumpy low-speed ride on 19in wheels

Recommended options Heated front seats (£560), metallic paint (£575)

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2nd - Seat Tarraco - 4 stars

Seat Tarraco rear

For Decent to drive; solid-feeling interior; good driving position; attractive finance offers; plenty of infotainment features 

Against Third-row seats are cramped; wheezy engine; high CO2 emissions and so-so fuel economy; you can’t add options 

Recommended options None

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Specifications: Peugeot 5008 Puretech 130 Allure

Engine 3cyl, 1199cc, turbo, petrol

List price £28,645

Target price £27,259

Power 129bhp @ 5500rpm

Torque 170lb ft @ 1750rpm

Gearbox 6-spd manual

0-60mph 10.3sec

Top speed 117mph

Gov't fuel economy 44.2mpg (WLTP combined)

Test mpg 40.8mpg

CO2 emissions 122g/km

Specifications: Seat Tarraco 1.5 TSI Evo 150 SE Technology

Engine 4cyl, 1498cc, turbo, petrol

List price £29,330

Target price £29,042

Power 148bhp @ 5000rpm

Torque 184lb ft @ 1500rpm 

Gearbox 6-spd manual

0-60mph 10.9sec

Top speed 125mph

Gov't fuel economy 37.2mpg (WLTP combined)

Test mpg 34.5mpg

CO2 emissions 152g/km

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