Seat Tarraco long-term test: report 4

Large SUV buyers have never had so much choice, so where does the Seat Tarraco fit in among its competitors?...

Seat Tarraco rear USB

The car: Seat Tarraco 2.0 TDI 150 SE Technology Run by: Jim Holder, editorial director

Why it’s here: To show why it should stand out in the crowded large SUV market

Needs to: Be practical, economical and ideal for everything from short urban hops to long-distance holiday travel

Mileage 2148 List price £31,055 Target Price £27,727 Price as tested £31,055 Options None Test economy 37.2mpg Official economy 44.1mpg

4 December 2019 – connectivity

Can a couple of USB ports really make the difference between buying or not buying a car?

I know I could be accused of wonky priorities, but I think it can.

Even in this relatively lowly spec, the Tarraco has two USBs up front and - most crucially in my view - one in the back.

Seat Tarraco by River Thames

As a result the kids are happy, because they can plug a device in and play to their hearts’ content. Or at least the extent of their mother’s patience.

And I’m happy, because they’re happy.

I know leaving them to stare at a screen isn’t the greatest bit of parenting, but on a long trip down a motorway I square it off in the knowledge that it’s more stimulating than staring out of the window, as well as better for us because they are content.

Given we judge cars on how comfortable they are, or how they shut out road and wind noise in order to make them nicer places to be in, I think it’s only fair to laud these humble connections - available as standard - for making life better.

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