SEAT’S SUV vary is rising shortly in additional methods than one. Round a 3rd of the automobiles the model sells are Ateca and Arona SUVs – and now there’s one other mannequin that may increase that proportion additional: the brand new Tarraco.
It’s a seven-seat flagship mannequin that’s aimed toward consumers who’re on the lookout for a bit extra space and a few additional seats, however with out sacrificing a classy physique form. We’ve lined up two key opponents to search out out which household load-lugger is one of the best massive SUV.
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The Skoda Kodiaq and Peugeot 5008 have been shut rivals in our street exams over the previous two years. In diesel kind, it’s the Skoda that makes probably the most sense, whereas the Peugeot takes victory on the subject of petrol energy.
To match the Tarraco right here we’re diesel variations, so it’s the Kodiaq that’s the one to beat. The SEAT has the suitable gear to take action, although, as a result of it’s based mostly on the identical platform because the Skoda, and the 2 automobiles have quite a bit in widespread. But there are a couple of refined variations, as we’ll see within the coming pages.
Right here we’ll discover out which mannequin gives one of the best steadiness of practicality, consolation, working prices and worth for cash for consumers after a seven-seat SUV.
|Mannequin:||SEAT Tarraco 2.Zero TDI 150 SE Expertise|
|Engine:||2.0-litre 4cyl diesel, 148bhp|
|Take a look at financial system:||44.7mpg/9.8mpl|
|Annual street tax:||£140|
Design & engineering
The Tarraco makes use of the versatile MQB structure in its development, which is identical platform that underpins the Skoda Kodiaq. SEAT’s smaller Ateca and even automobiles just like the VW Golf are additionally based mostly on MQB. On this newest SUV, the Spanish model has opted for MacPherson struts on the entrance and a multi-link rear axle, which is a extra advanced set-up than the torsion beam in the back of the 5008.
Our check Tarraco includes a 2.0-litre diesel engine with 148bhp and a six-speed guide transmission, which sends drive to the entrance wheels solely. It’s the identical engine that’s fitted to the Kodiaq, though the Czech mannequin comes with four-wheel drive.
A core function of those huge SUVs is that they provide area to seat seven individuals, with two additional seats within the boot that may be folded away when not in use.
The Tarraco’s inside makes use of a easy design, nevertheless it’s not missing in high quality. It doesn’t have the aptitude or impressed use of supplies of the 5008, nevertheless it’s on par with the Kodiaq’s cabin and options much more know-how, together with a digital instrument cluster.
Digital dials are normal on SE Expertise fashions, together with loads of different equipment. There are 18-inch alloys, parking sensors, cruise management, LED headlights, metallic paint and an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system that provides satellite tv for pc navigation and smartphone connectivity.
SEAT’S SUVs have up to now been among the many greatest drivers’ automobiles of their respective lessons, so we had excessive hopes for the Tarraco – and it didn’t disappoint. In the end, it is a massive SUV and few consumers can be all for its dealing with capacity, nevertheless it has first rate grip and physique roll is managed sufficient so as to add confidence on a winding street. It’s barely extra managed than the Skoda, but isn’t any much less comfy, whereas each are higher tied down than the 5008, which might really feel a little bit unsettled due to its fast steering and further physique roll.
The Tarraco rides easily for probably the most half, and takes on actually bumpy roads very nicely. It’s solely when the suspension reaches the tip of its journey on velocity bumps and large potholes that you simply begin to discover the motion within the cabin. It’s much like the Kodiaq in that regard, and each MQB fashions are higher at controlling harsh bumps than the 5008, regardless of the French mannequin being principally comfy.
SEAT’s seven-seater can be probably the most refined automobile right here, as a result of engine noise could be very nicely suppressed at low velocity, whereas wind and street noise are decrease at increased velocity, too. The two.0-litre diesel is smoother and sounds much less gruff than the 5008’s 1.5-litre unit.
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It additionally proved to be punchy in our efficiency exams, as a result of the Tarraco was the quickest mannequin from 0-60mph, taking an inexpensive 10.Three seconds, and from 30-70mph via the gears. It managed a time of 9.Eight seconds in that check, a full two seconds quicker than the 5008 and 0.Three seconds faster than the Kodiaq. The SEAT and Skoda have the ability benefit with their 148bhp engines (the 5008 has 129bhp), however they’re additionally simpler to drive shortly. That’s as a result of their gearboxes are each a lot slicker than the Peugeot’s, and their steering is extra exact.
Whereas the 2 Volkswagen Group fashions drive in the same manner, the Tarraco is barely quieter inside, which makes it one of the best automobile behind the wheel right here.
All three of those massive SUVs have two additional chairs within the again, however in contrast to some seven-seater MPVs, the Tarraco, Kodiaq and 5008 aren’t spacious sufficient for adults to take a seat comfortably within the third row.
The SEAT’s rearmost seats, as in each rivals, are a bit troublesome to clamber into, and even with the second row set as far ahead as it is going to go on its runners, there’s minimal legroom. Nonetheless, the third row gives enough area for youths, and there’s greater than sufficient head and legroom within the second row for adults, particularly if there’s no person sitting within the third row and the seats are set again.
The chairs all fold flat into the ground, and though the SEAT’s complete boot area is the smallest right here, at 1,775 litres (the Kodiaq has 2,005 litres and the 5008 has 1,940 litres), it’s aggressive with each rivals with the second row in place, which is how most consumers use the boot. There’s 700 litres, which is a little bit smaller than the Kodiaq, and solely two litres down on the 5008 in the identical configuration.
Euro NCAP not too long ago examined the Tarraco and awarded it 97 per cent within the Grownup Security class as a part of its total five-star ranking. It additionally scored extremely within the Security
Help part, which is reassuring for any potential homeowners. It will get lane-keep help, parking sensors and AEB as normal.
SEAT got here 14th within the producers’ chart of our Driver Energy 2019 satisfaction survey, which was a mid-table consequence and behind each rival manufacturers.
The Tarraco returned 44.7mpg on check, which equates to an annual gas value of £1,598 at present costs. The Kodiaq was barely extra economical, managing 48.9mpg, which works out at £1,460 a 12 months, whereas the 5008’s 42.7mpg determine means you’ll pay £1,674 a 12 months.
These outcomes aren’t too dangerous for automobiles of this measurement, so we’d nonetheless suggest diesel energy except you don’t do many miles every year or stay in a big metropolis.
Testers’ notes: “The Tarraco is a big automobile – at 4,735mm from entrance to again, it’s the longest mannequin right here – however visibility from the motive force’s seat is sweet, so it’s not troublesome to put the Spanish seven-seater on the street.”
|Mannequin:||Peugeot 5008 1.5L BlueHDi 130 Attract|
|Engine:||1.5-litre 4cyl diesel, 129bhp|
|Take a look at financial system:||42.7mpg/9.4mpl|
|Annual street tax:||£140|
The bigger 2.0-litre diesel 5008 carried out nicely in our earlier check, however we’ve tried the 1.5-litre model this time. With a guide gearbox and 7 seats to match its rivals right here, it prices £30,450.
Design & engineering
The second-generation 5008 moved on to the producer’s newest EMP2 platform, which additionally underpins the smaller five-seater Peugeot 3008 and automobiles from sister manufacturers Citroen and Vauxhall, such because the C4 SpaceTourer MPV and Grandland X SUV respectively.
With the swap to the brand new structure, the automobile has utterly modified its look, and whereas there are nonetheless seven seats, the 5008 is now way more like an SUV when it comes to styling. There’s no four-wheel-drive mannequin, although, and it depends as an alternative on Peugeot’s Grip Management set-up (£470) that regulates the traction-control system for unfastened surfaces.
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It makes use of MacPherson-style struts on the entrance and a torsion beam on the again, so the Peugeot has a much less subtle set-up than its rivals. Right here we’re wanting on the 129bhp diesel mannequin, which is priced to match the 148bhp diesels within the SEAT and Skoda.
Each 5008 mannequin has a 12.3-inch digital sprint show, as a part of the model’s second-generation i-Cockpit set-up. It sits above the steering wheel, which is uncommon, however the wheel is tiny to permit you to view the display excessive of it. The set-up works greatest right here out of any Peugeot, as a result of the driving place is excessive, so the wheel doesn’t block your view.
In Attract trim, as examined right here, you get loads of gear, together with 3D sat-nav, Bluetooth, DAB radio, local weather management, a reversing digicam, 18-inch alloy wheels and the Security plus pack (which has blind spot detection and lane-keep help).
Trip consolation can be a core promoting level for many consumers of massive household SUVs and the 5008 doesn’t disappoint. Its smooth suspension set-up and lengthy wheelbase imply it principally drives easily, and whereas there’s a little bit of physique motion on significantly undulating surfaces, it’s managed pretty nicely. However the Peugeot doesn’t take care of the harshest ruts in addition to both check rival, as a result of as soon as the suspension runs out of journey, the bumps arrive harshly within the cabin.
The smooth set-up implies that it rolls in corners greater than the SEAT and Skoda, regardless of all three automobiles having the same stage of consolation total. That roll is partly due to the suspension and partly down to the small steering wheel and quick rack. You should be extra cautious and smoother together with your inputs within the 5008 to keep away from unsettling the automobile. There’s not a lot suggestions via the wheel, both, though that criticism is true of all three automobiles right here.
The 5008’s 1.5-litre engine is the least highly effective right here, and it’s additionally probably the most disagreeable to make use of. It feels barely underpowered except you add revs, nevertheless it sounds harsh and rattly the extra you push it. It’s greatest saved at low revs, however the Peugeot trailed its rivals in our exams as a result of it has 40Nm much less torque.
It managed 0-60mph in 11.5 seconds, which was greater than a second slower than the extra highly effective Tarraco and Kodiaq, regardless of each of these fashions being heavier than the 5008. The French automobile took 13.Three seconds to go from 50-70mph in sixth gear, which is kind of a very long time. Nonetheless, it was solely 0.Four seconds behind the SEAT in that check, and each had been crushed by the Skoda’s 10.7-second time there.
With the 5008 arrange in five-seat kind, there are 702 litres on supply, so it’s neck and neck with the Tarraco for baggage area. The Skoda has 765 litres in the identical configuration, but all three SUVs are greater than sufficiently big for a number of suitcases or a few youngsters’s bikes.
Plus, regardless of the attention-grabbing cabin design, the Peugeot’s in-car storage is beneficiant: it has 38 litres in complete dispersed throughout plenty of bins and trays. The centre console hides a big cubby, nevertheless it does imply the 5008 is extra cosy up entrance than its rivals.
Entry to the rearmost two seats of the Peugeot’s cabin isn’t considerably simpler or more durable than both competitor; none of those SUV-styled fashions has significantly nice entry to the third row.
Nonetheless, the Peugeot provides flexibility due to its individually sliding middle-row seats. These permit you to maximise legroom for different passengers or boot area relying in your wants.
Peugeot’s unremarkable 12th-place consequence within the makers’ chart of our Driver Energy 2019 survey was a way behind Skoda’s fifth, however SEAT was two locations behind in 14th.
The 5008 has autonomous emergency braking and lane-departure warning as normal, and this Attract-specification model additionally gives blind spot detection in addition to lane-keep and high-beam help.
There isn’t a lot security tech so as to add as an choice as a result of most is included as normal, which helped the Peugeot obtain a five-star Euro NCAP ranking. It’s the best-equipped automobile right here when it comes to security equipment.
The 5008 falls behind its rivals on check on the subject of depreciation, however that’s extra as a result of the SEAT and Skoda have robust residuals than as a result of the Peugeot’s are weak.
Our specialists predict it is going to maintain on to 45.2 per cent of its unique worth after three years or 36,000 miles, which is fairly good, and means it is going to lose £16,699 in that point and be price £13,751.
The Tarraco will shed an estimated £14,541 in the identical interval, and be price £16,279 (52.Eight per cent of its new worth), whereas the Kodiaq will drop £14,452 and be price £15,808 (52.2 per cent).
Testers’ notes: “The 5008 comes with seven seats as normal, similar to the brand new Tarraco. The Kodiaq is on the market with 5 seats, and you need to pay additional so as to add the rearmost row to the specification.”
|Engine:||2.0-litre 4cyl diesel, 148bhp|
|Take a look at financial system:||48.9mpg/10.8mpl|
|Annual street tax:||£140|
The Skoda Kodiaq is the automobile to beat right here, as a result of it has beforehand been a check winner in diesel kind. Our footage and efficiency information are of a five-seater variant, however our figures relate to a seven-seater as nicely. The 148bhp diesel guide seven-seat Kodiaq in SE kind prices £30,260.
Design & engineering
The Kodiaq’s MQB underpinnings imply it shares its engine and another fundamentals with the brand new SEAT, however guide variations of the Skoda get four-wheel drive as normal.
Each of the opposite fashions listed here are front-wheel drive, and regardless that the 5008 is on the market with Grip Management (Peugeot’s traction-control system designed to assist with off-roading), the Skoda will nonetheless be your best option for consumers who’re on the lookout for real capacity off the crushed observe from their SUV.
Like on the SEAT, there are MacPherson struts on the entrance and a multi-link rear axle, however the Skoda’s four-wheel-drive system provides to the associated fee, which implies for across the identical cash as a Tarraco in SE Expertise trim, you’re restricted to a Kodiaq in base SE kind. That’s not too dangerous, since you nonetheless get 18-inch alloys, keyless go, AEB, dual-zone local weather management, a 12V socket within the boot and cruise management as normal. There’s additionally an eight-inch infotainment set-up with DAB radio and smartphone connectivity.
Nevertheless, the SE misses out on the LED headlights, suede upholstery and 19-inch alloys discovered on the pricier SE L mannequin, which additionally boasts a bigger 9.2-inch infotainment display. The Skoda isn’t accessible with a digital sprint in SE kind, so is behind its rivals on tech.
No less than high quality is on par with the SEAT – they have a really comparable design, in any case – and the supplies don’t really feel low-cost. They’re not fairly as luxurious as within the 5008, however consumers nonetheless received’t really feel short-changed.
The two.0-litre diesel engine on this model of the Kodiaq is identical one which’s fitted to the Tarraco, nevertheless it’s not fairly as suppressed within the cabin. Whereas it’s much less gruff than the 5008’s 1.5-litre unit, the SEAT nonetheless has the sting on the subject of refinement.
Plus, regardless of the Tarraco being barely faster than the Kodiaq from 0-60mph (by 0.1 seconds), the Skoda was quicker from 50-70mph in fifth and sixth gears. The Czech mannequin managed these two exams in 8.6 and 10.7 seconds respectively, whereas the SEAT took 9.2 and 12.9 seconds.
Predictably, the much less highly effective 5008 completed behind each opponents, with occasions of 10.2 and 13.Three seconds respectively. The Peugeot is a little bit underpowered, however the SEAT and Skoda are extra enjoyable to drive since you don’t should push their engines so onerous to make progress.
The Kodiaq rides nicely, absorbing tough street surfaces and greater potholes. It’s barely extra forgiving than the Tarraco and 5008 over potholes and velocity bumps, however all three fashions are very comparable on the motorway and different smoother roads.
The Skoda’s steering is mild and simple to make use of, and it’s exact sufficient to offer loads of confidence in inserting the large SUV on the street. It’s lacking really feel and suggestions, however that received’t matter for many consumers, and each rivals endure from the identical downside. The driving place is okay; it’s comfy sufficient however taller drivers might discover it more durable to get settled behind the wheel as a result of kneeroom is restricted by the steering column. It’s significantly better on this regard than the 5008, because of the normal-sized steering wheel being much more pure to carry and use.
The third row of seats within the Kodiaq is appropriate for kids, simply as in each rivals. In case you are on the lookout for a automobile that may seat seven adults in consolation, you’d most likely be higher off contemplating an MPV, as a result of whereas these three automobiles are wonderful, their rearmost seats are compromised by their stylish styling.
The center seats slide backwards and forwards to enhance both boot area or legroom as essential, which provides to the Skoda’s versatility. It’s on par with the SEAT for rear head and legroom – these automobiles are very comparable, even whenever you put them proper subsequent to 1 one other – and a little bit extra spacious than the Peugeot, as a result of that automobile has bulkier seats.
Skoda has persistently been a robust scorer in our Driver Energy buyer satisfaction surveys, and 2019 was no exception. The model completed fifth within the makers’ rankings, beating each SEAT (in 14th) and Peugeot (12th). Within the 2018 vendor ballot, Skoda got here in eighth, forward of SEAT’s poor 23rd and Peugeot’s 17th.
The Kodiaq scored 5 stars for security in its Euro NCAP crash exams, with a robust 92 per cent rating for grownup safety. SE fashions have six airbags and AEB as normal, however the trim stage misses out on lane-keep help and blind spot detection, which the 5008 has.
When you’re on the lookout for a mannequin that’s low-cost to run as an organization automobile, an SUV won’t essentially be your best option, particularly a diesel one. Nevertheless, the gas financial savings ought to go some approach to make up for that.
The Skoda is the costliest mannequin right here for enterprise customers to run. Its CO2 emissions of 146g/km put it within the 37 per cent Profit-in-Form (BiK) bracket and end in a higher-rate tax determine of £4,392 for the 2019/20 monetary 12 months.
Decrease emissions of 129g/km put the Tarraco within the decrease 33 per cent BiK ranking and imply it prices £4,033 in tax, however the 5008 is the winner right here, as a result of emissions of 111g/km and a tax bracket of 30 per cent imply it prices £3,622 a 12 months in contributions.
“The seven-seat Kodiaq with this 2.Zero TDI diesel engine hasn’t been homologated for towing. So the SEAT’s 2,200kg capability means it’s your best option of those three automobiles for pulling.”
First place: SEAT Tarraco
The SEAT Tarraco joins the Kodiaq and 5008 on the high of this class, and on this spec it sneaks forward. That’s as a result of it’s one of the best worth, providing a great deal of normal equipment regardless of being solely a little bit costlier to purchase; it has the sting right here just because it’s higher geared up. It’s additionally one of the best automobile to drive. The engine is quiet and punchy whereas delivering first rate financial system, and the Tarraco is comfy and composed.
Second place: Skoda Kodiaq
In some ways, the Skoda is similar to the SEAT. The driving expertise could be very acquainted, for instance, as a result of each automobiles function light-yet-precise steering and the same driving place. The Kodiaq isn’t fairly as refined, or as nicely geared up on this spec, so it drops behind. Nevertheless, it’s nonetheless higher to drive than the 5008, as a result of it offers with harsh bumps within the street higher and the engine is quieter and stronger.
Third place: Peugeot 5008
The 5008 finishes third right here, however it is going to take advantage of sense for a lot of consumers. A lot depends upon the place your priorities are; for those who’re on the lookout for a mannequin with plenty of security equipment, the Peugeot is the mannequin to decide on. Likewise for those who’re seeking to get probably the most equipment on your cash. Nevertheless, on this kind, the automobile is held again by an underpowered and noisy engine and an disagreeable guide field. It’s low-cost on finance, although.
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|SEAT Tarraco||Skoda Kodiaq||Peugeot 5008|
|2.Zero TDI 150||2.Zero TDI 150 4×4||1.5L BlueHDi 130|
|SE Expertise||SE (7 seat)||Attract|
|On the street value/complete as examined||£30,820/£30,820||£30,260/£30,260||£30,450/£32,905|
|Residual worth (after 3yrs/36,000)||£16,279/52.8%||£15,808/52.2%||£13,751/45.2%|
|Annual tax legal responsibility std/increased price||£2,017/£4,033||£2,196/£4,392||£1,811/£3,622|
|Annual gas value (12ok/20ok miles)||£1,598/£2,663||£1,460/£2,434||£1,674/£2,790|
|Ins. group/quote/street tax value||24/£508/£140||17/£425/£140||17/£430/£140|
|Servicing prices||£324 (2yrs)||£342 (2yrs)||£14pm (3yrs)|
|Engine||4cyl in-line/1,968cc||4cyl in-line/1,968cc||4cyl in-line/1,499cc|
|Peak energy/revs||148/3,500 bhp/rpm||148/3,500 bhp/rpm||129/3,750 bhp/rpm|
|Peak torque/revs||340/1,750 Nm/rpm||340/1,750 Nm/rpm||300/1,750 Nm/rpm|
|Transmission||6-spd guide/fwd||6-spd guide/4WD||6-spd guide/fwd|
|Gasoline tank capability/spare wheel||58 litres/restore equipment||60 litres/restore equipment||56 litres/restore equipment|
|Boot capability (7/5/2-seat modes)||230/700/1,775 litres||270/560-765/2,005 l||167/702/1,940 litres|
|Turning circle||11.9 metres||11.6 metres||11.2 metres|
|Primary guarantee (miles)/restoration||3yrs (60,000)/2yrs||3yrs (60,000)/3yrs||3yrs (60,000)/1yr|
|Driver Energy producer/vendor pos.||14th/23rd*||fifth/eighth*||12th/17th*|
|NCAP: Grownup/baby/ped./help/stars||97/84/79/79/5 (2019)||92/77/71/54/5 (2017)||86/85/67/58/5 (2016)|
|0-60/30-70mph||10.3/9.Eight secs||10.4/10.1 secs||11.5/11.Eight secs|
|30-50mph in third/4th||3.8/6.5 secs||4.0/6.2 secs||4.4/6.Four secs|
|50-70mph in fifth/sixth||9.2/12.9 secs||8.6/10.7 secs||10.2/13.Three secs|
|High velocity/rpm at 70mph||126mph/1,900rpm||121mph/2,000rpm||119mph/2,000rpm|
|Auto Specific econ. (mpg/mpl)/vary||44.7/9.8/570 miles||48.9/10.8/645 miles||42.7/9.4/525 miles|
|WLTP mixed mpg||44.1-47.9mpg||40.4-42.2mpg||48.2-55.1mpg|
|WLTP mixed mpl||9.7-10.5mpl||8.9-9.3mpl||10.6-12.1mpl|
|Precise/claimed CO2/tax bracket||169/129g/km/33%||155/146g/km/37%||177/111g/km/30%|
|Auto field/lane hold/blind spot/AEB||£3,190/sure/no/sure||£1,300/no/no/sure||£1,620/sure/sure/sure|
|Clim ctrl/cruise/leather-based/heated seats||Sure/sure/no/no||Sure/sure/£820/£255||Y/y/£1,690^/£560|
|Nav/digi sprint/DAB/linked apps||Sure/sure/sure/no||£765/no/sure/sure||Sure/sure/sure/sure|
|Wi-fi cost/CarPlay/Android Auto||No/sure/sure||No/sure/sure||£120/sure/sure|
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