New Seat Tarraco Review: Specs, Price, Fuel Economy & More – The Iberian label caps its SUV range from the top with a model available in 5 or 7 seats and manufactured in Germany.
“The little Spaniard who comes from Germany”. This was the advertising slogan, over 20 years ago, concocted by Seat for his Arona. Because it was originally manufactured in Wolfsburg, the historic site of Volkswagen, which the Spanish brand has owned for more than thirty years. History is repeating itself today with the Tarraco. But this time it’s not a small city like the Arosa that will be built in Wolfsburg, but a fairly large SUV, the New Seat Tarraco, a vehicle 4.74 m long, available in 5 or 7 seats. Tarraco? This is the old name of the Catalan city of Tarragona. The seat used to give the name of Iberian cities to his models. Tarraco was chosen after an open vote on the Web and to which 140,000 Internet users responded. After the Arona and the Ateca, Seat caps its range of SUV from the top with a model for larger families or just those who want more space on board. Or to those who want a larger volume of the trunk (760 liters version 5 seats, 700 liters in 7 seats).
New Seat Tarraco Design & Platform
The Tarraco shares strong ties with the Volkswagen Tiguan All Space (4, 70 m) and Skoda Kodiaq (4, 70 m also). It is also based on the now famous platform MQB, become over the years a kind of Swiss army knife of the German group, broadcast in all its brands. This allows it to be manufactured on the same chain as the Tiguan in Germany. What is the specificity of the large Spanish SUV against its German and Czech cousins? The design, first of all. The aesthetics of the Seat is characterized by taut lines, more relevant than those of Volkswagen and Skoda. This trend is further accentuated on the Tarraco, which inaugurates new stylistic elements, such as a more prominent grille and LED headlights deeper into the bodywork.
The seat also wants to differentiate itself with a more “sporty” character. The brand has long claimed this temperament, without really convincing. Formerly, it was said that she had the ambition to be what Alfa Romeo is to Fiat. If the brand is today strongly involved, and successfully, in the competition, it can not claim such a glorious prize list as that of Alfa, whose cars won pre-war at a crazy pace the Mille Miglia. Since its creation in 1950, it has only been producing popular models for decades in a market where imports were virtually prohibited, acting as a national brand (“Sociedad Española de Automóviles de Turismo”). Anyway,
2020 Seat Tarraco Interior Features
This large SUV “sporty” all the same rather high on wheels (1.66 m) has correct engines, but no more. Two in gasoline (1.5 l and 2 l) and two in diesel (2 liters), all available in 150 and 190 hp, according to the habits of Wolfsburg. The boxes are 6 (manual) or 7-speed (DSG Dual Clutch Automatic Transmission). The 2020 Seat Tarraco is also available with all-wheel drive (“4Drive”). Electrified versions should then see the day. It is equipped, in series (at least in Europe), with three interesting driver assistance systems: the Lane Keeping Aid, the Front Assist, and the Traffic Detector. tired. Optional features include adaptive cruise control and congestion assistance.
The cockpit benefits from a digital cockpit. It features a 10-inch screen “streamlining the most important information” associated with an 8-inch touchscreen that can be handled by the occupants of the car. With the “Navigation Plus” module, the “infotainment” (sound, phone, and GPS) has a gesture control function: a first at Seat. The layout of the controls is undeniably inspired by that of the Volkswagen Group models. This is probably lacking in fantasy, but the ergonomics are worth it. Available in concession early 2019, the Tarraco should be offered at a price a little under 30 000 €.