Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
Even the tallest occupants will have plenty of space up front, thanks to the Seat Tarraco's copious head room and seats that slide a long way back.
What’s more, each door bin is wide enough to take a large bottle of water and there are quite a few handy storage spaces, including a bin under the front armrest, two large cupholders between the front seats and a cubby in front of the gearlever.
All versions come with sliding and reclining second-row seats and, with these pushed right back, there’s enough leg room for adults well over six feet tall. Head room also impresses, even if you specify a panoramic glass roof; by contrast, the Peugeot 5008’s second-row head room goes from average to frankly terrible when a panoramic roof is fitted.
Don’t expect palatial accommodation in the Tarraco’s third row seats, though; tallish teenagers and adults pretty much have to fold themselves in half to fit. If you need to carry up to seven adults on more than just the odd occasion, the Peugeot 5008 or Skoda Kodiaq will suit you better, while the massive Kia Sorento will be absolutely ace. By the way, the Tarraco's rear-most seats don't have Isofix child seat mountings, either.
Seat folding and flexibility
In addition to sliding back and forth, the second row of seats is split 40/20/40, so you can run skis or other long, slim items along the centre of the car and still carry rear passengers.
The two rearmost seats, meanwhile, are light and easy to fold, and lie flat enough that they don’t obstruct when loading heavy items.
In all three seat configurations, Tarraco boot space is a match for the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, but is beaten by the Sorento and 5008. In the real world, the Tarraco can accommodate eight carry-on-sized suitcases below its parcel shelf with five seats in use, while the Sorento and 5008 can swallow an impressive 10. The Sorento is more impressively roomy when the third row of seats are in use, too.
There are a number of tie-down rings in the Tarraco’s boot to help secure loads, plus an underfloor luggage compartment, although that space is consumed by the spare wheel if you order one.
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