SEAT Tarraco First Review Says It's Nearly Identical to the Skoda Kodiaq

SEAT Tarraco First Drive Suggests It's Nearly Identical to the Skoda Kodiaq 1 photo
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SEAT's sales have been growing year after year, and much of this has to do with their SUV range, which is now complete with the arrival of the Tarraco. The long-anticipated 7-seat crossover from the Spanish automaker is ready to reveal some of its secrets with the first reviews coming out.
With promotional lines like "life is short, so smile while you still have teeth," it's pretty clear that the Tarraco isn't aimed at SEAT's boy racers. This isn't designed to get your pulse racing, but to fulfill the needs of a large family.

With an identical wheelbase and very similar exterior proportions, it's no secret that the Tarraco is a close relative of the Skoda Kodiaq. It's assembled in Germany, not Spain.

In Britain, the Tarraco will come as standard with seven seats, while other markets will also get a 5-seat model. This first review talks about 6-foot adults easily fitting in every place, which is not to be taken for granted.

Also, interior build quality is a match for that of Skoda, while the exterior design can b considered a little better than the aging and somewhat awkward Kodiaq. However, there's nothing unique about it, such as the cockpit you get from Peugeots.

Out on the road, the SUV feels relatively nimble for its size while providing a relaxing driving experience. Adaptive dampers can also help in this regard. There's a decent variety of powertrains available right now, with a few more added in the coming years.

You can have it with 150 HP from either a 1.5 TSI or a 2.0 TDI, in which came power is sent only to the front wheels. Meanwhile, the 190 HP TSI and TDI 2-liter engines come with standard AWD and a 7-speed DSG. What's interesting is that none of these versions take more than 10 seconds to reach 100 km/h, something rivals may struggle with.

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