SEAT expands Tarraco SUV range

19 December 2019

SEAT is expanding its Tarraco SUV range with the addition of a front-wheel drive model with automatic transmission.

The new 1.5-litre petrol-powered front-wheel drive model reduces CO2 emissions whilst increasing economy.

The company says it will increase the vehicle’s appeal to private buyers on a tighter budget and also to company car drivers who do not need a vehicle’s 4WD capability.

Until now, SEAT’s largest SUV has been available only with front-wheel drive linked to a six-speed manual gearbox, or in all-wheel drive with a seven-speed automatic transmission.

The new front-wheel drive automatic model has a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a maximum power output of 150bhp and maximum pulling power of 250Nm between 1500-3500rpm. Combined with the seven-speed DSG automatic transmission, it can reach 60mph in 9.5 seconds with a top speed of 120mph.

It generates CO2 emissions from 164g/km and achieves economy of 35mpg.

It is offered in SE, SE Tech, XCELLENCE and XCELLENCE Lux trim levels, costing from £29,900 in SE trim and £31,990 in XCELLENCE.

The Tarraco is loosely named after the Spanish town of Tarragona and is the latest in a long line of SUV variations on the Volkswagen Group theme that also includes a host of offerings from Seat, Skoda, Audi and VW itself.

They all share common parts, including engines, and in some cases are almost identical apart from their badges.

The Tarraco has a length of 4,735mm, which makes it longer than a Skoda Kodiaq or Volkswagen Tiguan, but not as big as a Volkswagen Touareg.

There is also the increasingly-common option of a hybrid version and also a high-performance model that uses the FR moniker that Seat reserves for its sportiest vehicles.

The hybrid has a combined power rating of just above 200bhp, with pulling power in the region of 400Nm and an electric-only range of about 30 miles.

This means that the vehicle meets urban zero-emissions targets, making it acceptable under future draconian regulations banning the most polluting vehicles from towns and cities.

The powertrain system, which comprises a 1.4-litre petrol engine, 85kW electric motor and a 13 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, gives drivers the adaptability of multiple driving modes. The plug-in hybrid Tarraco allows users to drive in pure-electric mode for more than 30 miles, reducing tailpipe emissions to zero, or combine the petrol engine and electric motor to generate increased performance.

Total output for the system is 245bhp or 180kW, with pulling power of 400Nm giving the plug-in hybrid Tarraco a top speed of 125mph and the ability to reach 60mph in seven and a half seconds.

Most importantly, CO2 emissions are below 50g/km.