Think of the Seat Tarraco as the Boaty McBoatface of the car world. Nope, not because it’s a 15,000-tonne, 130-metre-long behemoth designed to explore the Antarctic, but rather because you, the general public, voted on its name.
The difference is that Seat actually went with the moniker that nearly 150,000 people from around the world favoured, instead of throwing that out and naming it after some famous naturalist. If you’re wondering, Tarraco isn’t a made-up word; it’s what the Spanish city of Tarragona, just down the coast from Barcelona, used to be called.
But enough about the name and how it came to be; what is the Tarraco? Well, fairly obviously it’s an SUV – and a pretty sizeable one, too, sitting above the Ateca as the Spanish brand’s flagship seven-seat model.
If you were to rip away the bodywork, you’d actually find roughly the same underpinnings as you would in a Skoda Kodiaq. And, as with that car, you can choose to have either five or seven seats, depending on whether you need to carry lots of people or lots of paraphernalia.
So, why might you choose the Tarraco over the Kodiaq and its other close relation, the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, or indeed our reigning Large SUV of the Year, the Peugeot 5008?
That’s what we’ll be looking at in this review. Or to get a great deal on any of these cars without having to haggle, just go to our New Car Buying service.