SEAT Tarraco raises the bar

20 February 2020

SEAT has added a pair of sporty new trim and equipment levels to its largest Tarraco seven-seater SUV range, taking prices up to £40,000.

The new FR and FR Sport versions endow the vehicles with a more muscular appearance, with enhanced technology packages.

The FR version comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, FR body styling kit  with twin exhaust, rear spoiler, front and rear sports bumpers, and black mouldings for the wing mirrors and roof rails. Inside there are front sports seats plus an electric driver’s seat.

The FR Sport gets even bigger 20-inch Cosmo grey alloy wheels and black leather sports seats inside.

It also gains rear and top-view cameras and a winter pack that adds heated washer nozzles plus heated front and rear seats.

Both models also get a self-parking system with front parking sensors.

Standard kit on all Tarracos includes automatic full LED headlamps, Digital Cockpit with a 10.25-inch digital driver binnacle and eight-inch full-colour infotainment touchscreen.

There is also Seat’s Full Link system, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto plus a USB socket in all three rows of seats.

The new FR and FR Sport trims line-up alongside the existing SE, SE Technology, Xcellence and Xcellence Lux specifications.

The Tarraco range was recently expanded with the addition of a front-wheel drive model with automatic transmission.

This 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.

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 with a combined power rating of just above 200bhp and pulling power in the region of 400Nm plus 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.

The new FR and FR Sport versions range in price from £31,680 to £39,820 and go on sale this week.