SEAT Tarraco review - Reliability and safety

A long list of safety equipment is available, but not all of it comes as standard

The Tarraco was tested by Euro NCAP in early 2019, and it earned a five-star safety rating, as well as a 97 per cent adult occupant protection score. The mechanically similar Skoda Kodiaq also received full marks in 2017, while all SEAT models dating back to 2011 have been awarded five stars.

Adaptive cruise control, a lane-keeping assist function, a front assist system with bicycle detection, and emergency call are standard across the range. Also available are blind spot detection, traffic sign recognition, emergency assist, plus, for the first time on a SEAT, pre-crash assist and rollover assist. 

Pre-crash assist can react in two tenths of a second if it detects an accident is about to occur – tightening the seatbelts, activating the hazard lights, rolling up the windows and closing the sunroof. If activated, rollover assist will make an emergency call, turn off the engine, turn on the hazard lights and change the ventilation system.

The Tarraco didn't feature in our Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, although the smaller Arona and Ateca SUVs finished in 39th and 10th position respectively on the 75-car list. SEAT finished in a middling 15th spot out of 29 brands on the list of the best car manufacturers - well above Audi and Volkswagen. The SUV uses tried and tested parts from within the Volkswagen Group, so we have every reason to believe the Tarraco should be reliable. 

Warranty

The Tarraco is covered by a pretty standard three-year/60,000-mile warranty, but this can be extended at the time of ordering. A four-year/75,000-mile warranty costs around £500, while a five-year/90,000-mile package will set you back about £850. The extended warranty is fully transferable to the next owner.

Servicing

If you cover fewer than 10,000 miles in a year and make a lot of short journeys you’re advised to service the Tarraco on an annual basis. However, if you drive mainly on motorways, it’s recommended that you visit a service centre at intervals of no more than 20,000 miles. A fixed price service plan is available and covers the first and second-year services.

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