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SEAT Tarraco SUV – Reliability & safety

Tarraco has a long list of safety equipment but not all of it comes as standard

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SEAT's reputation as a quality manufacturer isn't set in stone but encouraging owner feedback demonstrates that it has its fair share of satisfied customers. Its latest models are packed with technology, too, much of which is designed to keep you safe in a crash or lessen the chances of one happening in the first place. The Tarraco scored very well in Euro NCAP testing as a result.

SEAT Tarraco reliability

SEAT placed 23rd out of 30 brands in our 2023 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, a disappointing eight-place slip from its 2021 result. While the Tarraco didn't attract enough responses for a place, the related SEAT Ateca came in at a remarkable 10th out of 75 cars ranked by readers in 2021. In 2023, the brand scored highly for value for money and boot space, but interior build quality was less highly lauded. More than 21% of respondents complained of at least one fault in the first year of ownership.

Safety

SEAT claims that Tarraco is a class leader for safety technology and that was borne out by a five-star Euro NCAP score, which included a 97% rating in the adult occupant category and a very respectable 79% for safety assist.

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Autonomous emergency braking (AEB, although SEAT prefers the term ‘Front Assist’) joins lane keeping assist and automatic emergency call as standard equipment across the range. Every Tarraco in the lineup also has adaptive cruise control.

Additional technology includes lane assist and LED headlights that can switch between main and dipped beam automatically when oncoming traffic is detected. The Tarraco also boasts SEAT's pre-crash assist system. This is claimed to react in 0.2 of a second to prepare occupants for an impact, tightening seatbelts, closing windows and the sunroof, and activating the hazard warning lights to increase safety during and after a crash. There's a new rollover assist system, too, which will automatically turn the engine off, make an emergency call, unlock the doors and activate the hazard lights if the car should roll over.

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Andy is Carbuyer's managing editor, with more than a decade of experience helping consumers find their perfect car. He has an MA in automotive journalism and has tested hundreds of vehicles.

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