Test drive SEAT Tarraco: compare two versions of the same model


With the SEAT Tarraco crossover, we already managed to get acquainted during a small presentation test drive. Now it’s the turn to study the new flagship of the Spanish brand in more detail, and at the same time compare two different versions of Tarraco with each other.

In our hands were two four-wheel drive SEAT Tarraco with two-liter diesel engines, but with different power. Beige Tarraco has a 150-horsepower unit, and dark green is equipped with a more powerful version of 190 hp. Transmission boxes are the same for both crossovers – the 7-speed DSG “robot”.

We met somewhere

When looking at the SEAT Tarraco in profile, it is easy to catch the familiar features of a fellow VAG concern. It’s about the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace. Even these models are produced together at the same factory in German Wolfsburg. On the other hand, why be surprised in our time of mass unification? But if you put both models side by side, then there are, of course, differences! This is a completely different design for the front and rear of the crossover. The stern Tarraco is decorated with a solid jumper between the lights, which glows with the inclusion of dimensions. In general, the design of the “Spaniard” looks somewhat more emotional. Also, a Spaniard has a no less close relative in the Czech Republic, namely Skoda Kodiaq. The length of Tarraco is slightly superior to its counterparts, but slightly inferior in width and height to Kodiak.

Externally, our test Tarraco differ only in color, since both have a top performance Xcellence, which is externally easy to identify on the huge 19-inch Exclusive Negro wheels with a very stylish design.

But in the cabin there is still a difference – due to additional options. The less powerful SEAT Tarraco flaunts Black Vienna leather trim and a panoramic sunroof. In addition, the car is equipped with all-round cameras, 300-Watt Beats audio system, as well as adaptive cruise control. In turn, the 190-horsepower Tarraco cannot boast of leather in the cabin, but it has a seven-seater layout.

Honestly, in frosty weather, plopping into an icy leather chair is less pleasant than in a warmer “base”, upholstered in fabric and Alcantara. On the other hand, heated seats quickly “equalizes the chances.” The interior does not warm up for long – warm air is supplied just a couple of minutes after the start, but the lack of such a “penny” option as steering wheel heating is very surprising in the list.

A fully digital instrument panel is set by all Tarraco by default and offers several design options. The most convenient are the classic round dials, but the newfangled BMW-style graphics with very small digitization complicate the fast reading of information.

Tarraco multimedia system has an 8-inch touch screen with good responsiveness and ease of use, as well as an interface for connecting a smartphone. In addition, voice control is available, but the capabilities of this function are very limited and not particularly convenient.

Spaciousness and spaciousness

Outside, the SEAT Tarraco does not look huge, but in fact it successfully conceals its size. The crossover is quite large, which has a very positive effect on the free space in the cabin. And if in the front seats this is not particularly noticeable, then getting on the second row of seats you simply do not believe … your feet! It is very spacious, with plenty of places not only to the front seats, but also in height. What a doorway! Do you want to sit down, do you want to come in, but at least jump. For all this, thanks to the third row of seats, because of which the engineers are “forced” to make a larger doorway and, in general, allocate a slightly different place in the rear of the car. And all this is true for the 5-seater version – both the spaciousness and the back row are the same.

And what about third-row passengers? Let’s not deceive ourselves – Tarraco is not a minibus, and two places in the trunk here are rather “youthful”. The company honestly warns that the height limit for their riders is 160 cm. But not everything is so sad: flat armchairs like a plateau are able to accept an ordinary adult. Yes, I was a bit cramped with my 1.82, but I felt no more cramped than in other cars of this class, where the third row is folding. It goes without saying that to get here, the second-row seats will have to be slightly moved forward. They can also be adjusted slightly according to the angle of the backrest. A landing on the gallery itself is facilitated by a wide step on the threshold.

The seats are hidden in the floor and laid out / fold literally in one movement of the hand. As for the volume of the trunk, then the situation is as follows. In the 5-seater version, it is 760 liters., And in the 7-seater version, 700 liters. However, visually the difference is hardly perceptible – the floor of the luggage compartment of the 7-seater version is slightly higher. And it can not be rearranged to the “step” below, as in the 5-seater version. But the functionality did not suffer at all. The backs of the second row in both cases are folded in parts (40/20/40), the curtain covering the luggage can be hidden in the underground, and the “dokatka” lives in the same underground.

All the difference is under the hood

The diesel engine, regardless of the degree of forcing, does not transmit any vibrations to the controls and only reminds itself of itself by increased grumbling during acceleration. Tarraco seems to be isolated from the rest of the external noise, but still not perfect.

We began our second acquaintance with SEAT Tarraco with the 150-strong version. The first thing you pay attention to when starting off is a slight damping of the accelerator pedal and some inertia in acceleration. Tarraco as if hints that the family car harshness to anything. Perhaps the reason for the easy thoughtfulness of the crossover lies in the “dieselgate” upgrades of the entire line of VAG engines, but it is possible that the clutch discs of the “robot” DSG are thus protected.

For the most robotic box for the entire test period, there were no complaints. The unit without jerks went over its seven steps, both up and down, without stumbling between them even in congestion. By the way, this type of “robot” – DQ500 – is considered quite reliable.

At first, driving a Tarraco, I could not believe that it was precisely 150 forces in my hands. Maybe they are not available all? Or right away? Maybe it should take some time before the car starts to trust me? But no, nothing of the kind. It’s just that up to two thousand the motor does not just sleep, it sleeps. Definitely, Tarraco with such a motor can go faster, but only if it is well “twisted”. Otherwise, the box climbs very quickly to the upper steps, for example, at 40+ km / h, fourth gear can already be engaged! Try to accelerate under such conditions …

I change to the steering wheel version of 190 hp and I immediately understand what exactly was missing in Tarraco! An additional forty “horses” seem to be not such a big increase, but they are felt at the very first attempt to slip through a free window in a dense stream. A more powerful car drives faster and more fun, and although the mentioned “hibernation” is inherent in it, here it is not so pronounced.

Unfortunately, we failed to fully compare the efficiency of the engines, since the less powerful SEAT Tarraco version was operated in a very specific mode with almost an hour of downtime with the engine turned on, as well as at a speed of 1 km / h in New Year’s traffic jams. But nevertheless, a tendency was noticed: the 150-strong version strives to eat somewhere a liter more. Its consumption amounted to 10 liters, while the 190-horsepower car consumed 8-9 liters per “hundred” in the city.

But it was possible to fully appreciate the adaptive cruise control on the highway, operating in the range from 30 to 210 km / h. Tarraco kept his chosen distance without problems, cheerfully accelerating and slowing down, although sometimes he was a little scared of fans to go along the very edge of his lane, but I myself am afraid of them.

But it’s better to turn off the fatigue control system, otherwise this function will periodically turn off the audio system and signal to you that, in her opinion, you are not looking carefully enough at the road. For the fifth or sixth time – it already strongly affects the nerves. Moreover, to reduce the sound of chic Beats acoustics is just a crime.

Suspension SEAT Tarraco does not allow excessive roll in corners, and also does not annoy the longitudinal buildup and noise in the work. At the same time, the hard chassis of the crossover cannot be called either. Engineers managed to achieve an excellent balance between handling and comfort. And if you go faster, you can please Seat’s signature habits.

Another unconditional advantage of SEAT Tarraco is its excellent all-LED optics, which is by default included in the list of equipment of both trim levels. Straining your eyes moving in unfamiliar terrain without a single flashlight is completely not necessary, which is also facilitated by the very effective illumination of turns.

What is the price?

In the maximum configuration of the Xcellence SEAT Tarraco with a diesel engine of 150 hp. costs 901 645 UAH (about $ 38 000), and the 190-strong version was estimated at 946 228 UAH (about $ 40 000). Should I pay extra for a more powerful modification? For those who prefer an active drive – yes, it’s worth it. If you are a calm driver, meticulously complying with all speed limits, then you will have 150 forces with your head.

Also note that our test versions are additionally packed with several expensive options. As a result, the price of the beige Tarraco rose to 1,046,852 UAH (about $ 44,000), and the price for a dark green crossover amounted to 1,010,469 UAH (about $ 46,500).

Due to the additional equipment, both crossovers went up by about six thousand dollars, but are some of these options really important? For example, a panoramic sunroof or a “children’s” third row of seats clearly does not belong to essentials, but at the same time they will save more than two thousand dollars. Another kopeck piece can be discarded by abandoning navigation and a leather interior.

Someone may say that 40 thousand is too expensive for Seat, but, firstly, it is the flagship model of the brand. And secondly, why should a car with a German workmanship be cheaper than its Asian competitors? Although, if you compare Tarraco, for example, with the new Hyundai Santa Fe for 55 thousand, it turns out really cheaper.

By and large, the SEAT brand in the Ukrainian market is one of the underestimated, and it is time to fix this situation a long time ago.