The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

A great large family car that ticks all the boxes

Starting price: £28,545

Pros

1 x ISOFIX point in passenger seat

Large touchscreen with Smartphone integration

360 camera

3 zone climate control

Huge, flush boot with hands free opening

Airline style trays in the back

Cons

Cup holders could be better positioned

Intro

We loved the Seat Tarraco!  It’s a great large family car that makes travelling anywhere comfortable and enjoyable (yes even with the kids!)

There are 6 trims – SE, SE Technology, FR, FR Sport, Xcellence and Xcellence Lux.  We drove the SR Sport in automatic.  The SUV was incredibly easy to drive, with perfectly positioned seats making you feel nice and high up on the road, providing great visibility.   

Interior

Once inside, the dashboard is logically laid out.  The on-board computer sits nice and high and is easy to navigate, not surprising with a 9.2 inch touchscreen!  One of the biggest touchscreens we’ve seen (although op for the SE – first trim – and its only 8.3 inch). The screen is huge and makes life so much easier when you’re driving. The Tarraco has the all-important smartphone integration, allowing you to access your phone’s apps through the infotainment system.  It also boosts a “digital cockpit” – meaning the speedometer and rev dial are digital as opposed to analogue.  This does add an air of extravagance to it and is available on all models.

Regardless of which trim you choose, the Tarraco features three–zone climate control. This means the driver, passenger and kids in the back can all select their own temperature – no more arguments over who is too hot or too cold! Everyone can also keep themselves warm in the winter with heated front and rear seats.  From the SE Technology upwards, you’ll gain tinted rear windows (privacy glass), so you can say goodbye to those flimsy sunshades that never cover the part of the window you need it to anyway!

The large wing mirrors provide great visibility and all trims have rear parking sensors.  Op for the FR and you’ll gain front parking sensors too.  However choose the FR Sport or Xcellence Lux and you’ll gain the 360° top view camera.  We love these cameras; they make parking a piece of cake!  The camera gives you a bird’s eye view of everything surrounding the car, you can even change the camera view to gain a close up of how far away you are from the kerb, genius! 

Seats & Passenger Space

Leather seats (essential for those accidental spills) come as standard on the FR Sport and Xcellence Lux.  There’s lots of room in both the front and back in terms of height and leg room, so any long distance driving is comfortable.  It’s worth noting that whilst the 3rd row of seats are incredibly handy for larger families, playdates, car shares etc, they don’t provide lots of leg room.  Teenagers and adults would certainly struggle to be comfy on longer journeys and they do sit on the wheel arch – so travel sickness sufferers would be wise to steer clear.  

There are 2 ISOFIX points on the rear bench and 1 on the front passenger seat. There is plenty of space to accommodate 2 large child seats and a smaller booster seat in the centre on the back seat.   Sadly, there are no ISOFIX points on the 3rd row, but you’ll have no difficulties getting booster seats on there.  The doors also open nice and wide, so manoeuvring that rear facing baby seat in and out is easy. 

Cups & Cubby

Our only quibble with the Seat Tarraco, is the strange shaped front cup holders in between the driver and passenger seats.  Having said that, there’s plenty of little cubby holes here and there and the glove box is a good size. Even the door bins can accommodate a large water bottle.

Our favourite “child friendly” feature is the aeroplane style pull down tray for kids on the back of the driver and passenger seat.  They even have their own little cup holder and are perfect for long journeys.  Why have all large family cars not got this?  It’s ideal for children to place their electronics or colouring books on and do anything else that will keep them entertained – brilliant!  

Seat have not forgotten those sitting in the 3rd row and have provided useful cup holders here for convenience too.

Boot Space

The boot in the Seat Tarraco is huge, a whopping 700 litres, which basically means you can fit anything and everything in there!  Our stroller paled into insignificance when we pushed it all the way to the back!  Even with the 3rd row of seats positioned, there was still plenty of room for shopping bags, school bags and an umbrella fold pushchair (230 litres).

Summary

What can we say – we absolutely loved the Seat Tarraco.  If you’re looking for a large 7 seater that ticks all the boxes with some extra surprises, then this is the car for you.  It is a little more pricy that other cars in this class, such as the Nissan X-Trail, however we think it’s definitely worth it.

Car seats used in this review – 1 x Monterey 2 Booster (width 49.5cm) 1 x Babyseat Topo Booster (width 38cm) 1 x Halfords Essentials Booster (width 39.5cm)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

700 Litres

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4735 mm (L) x 1839 mm (W) x 1658 mm (H)

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

31 – 52.3

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

N/A

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-60 mph in 9.9 secs