SEAT Tarraco SUV - Interior & comfort
A well designed, nicely built interior gives the SEAT Tarraco a classy feel inside
Tarraco alloy wheel sizes span from 17-20 inches, and we found the ride to be pleasingly smooth in cars fitted with 18-inch wheels. These come fitted with thicker tyres than the larger wheels, providing extra bump absorption when you encounter potholes and similar road surface imperfections. Opt for the biggest wheels and you can expect a noticeably more fidgety ride that can feel quite sharp when you hit a bump.
SEAT Tarraco dashboard
Inside, the SEAT Tarraco moves towards a new design language for SEAT. In place of the tall centre console of the Ateca, the Tarraco presents a 'floating' tablet-style infotainment screen, below which you'll find air vents, conventional buttons and dials for the climate control and convenience features.
While refreshingly different to other SEAT models, we don't think the display looks quite as well integrated as the screens in top rivals, even if its free-standing position puts it within easy reach of the driver. Material quality is good, if not quite a match for the Peugeot 5008. There are few design surprises elsewhere; as with other VW Group SUVs there's a standard 10.25-inch digital cockpit instrument panel that allows you to choose how driving information is presented, with a choice of digital or analogue styles or full-colour navigation mapping with vital driving data overlaid.
The SEAT Tarraco is available in SE, SE Technology, FR, FR Sport, Xcellence and Xcellence Lux trim levels, and the standard eight-inch infotainment screen is a highlight, with a bright, responsive screen and smartphone connectivity that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Amazon Alexa integration. However, we're not big fans of the large bezel around the screen, that makes it look rather bulky.
The Tarraco SE Technology we tried was equipped with sat nav and climate control, while its 18-inch alloy wheels and dark privacy glass gave it a classy look. SEAT describes the FR as 'The Stylish One', with body coloured bumpers and a styling kit for a sporty look. It also gets 19-inch alloy wheels, an extended rear spoiler, twin exhaust tailpipes and sports seats, while its functionality is bolstered by an electric driver’s seat, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry and self-parking. FR Sport takes things a step further with 20-inch wheels, leather upholstery, a bird's eye view camera and heated seats and washer nozzles.
Xcellence takes the Tarraco upmarket, with 19-inch wheels, a new exterior look (body coloured bumpers and chrome trim), Alcantara sports seats and illuminated front door sills. Convenience is also boosted with adaptive cruise control, keyless entry and a rear-view camera. This can be bolstered further by Xcellence Lux, with even bigger 20-inch alloys, leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats and a 360-degree camera.
While more may become available, there aren't currently many options, with SEAT instead encouraging owners to pick the trim with everything they require. You can add a panoramic sunroof for around £1,000, however, along with a space saver spare wheel (just over £100) and a towbar for £700. Metallic paint is included at no extra cost, which is a perk of buying a SEAT.