Tarraco Wins Best Large SUV at Auto Express Awards 2019
- SEAT Tarraco beats tough competition to win Best Large SUV just three months after launching in UK
- Praised by judges for its practicality, standard equipment and smooth driving style
- Seven-seater Tarraco is SEAT’s newest flagship model and first large SUV, joining the brand’s SUV family
Just three months after launching in the UK, the SEAT Tarraco has won Best Large SUV at the 2019 Auto Express Awards held in London this evening.
The Tarraco – an all-new model for the SEAT brand – was praised by the weekly publication’s panel of judges for its versatility, boot space and reasonable price tag.
Of the decision to award the Tarraco Best Large SUV, Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief at Auto Express, said: “The Tarraco is the first large, seven-seat SUV from SEAT, and it’s a remarkable first effort. It features a high-quality, upmarket interior that’s also versatile and practical. The cabin is neatly designed and easy to live with, while the long list of equipment includes an excellent infotainment system that responds quickly and has solid smartphone connectivity. The huge 700-litre boot that you get when you fold the third row down into the floor is very useful, and the load bay is nice and flat, boosting versatility. The Tarraco is also smooth on long runs and fun on twisting roads, while it packs a versatile range of engines, making it a well-priced do-it-all SUV.”
Richard Harrison, Managing Director, SEAT UK, said: “We’ve already had great feedback from customers since Tarraco launched in the UK just a few months ago, with early sales contributing to SEAT UK’s record-breaking first half year of sales. A fitting flagship to the SEAT range, Tarraco comes standard with seven seats, economical powertrains, a fresh new-look design as well as a top quality interior, and the easymove range line-up includes everything you could need as standard, including metallic paint within the price, making it great value for money. We are delighted and honoured that the experts at Auto Express have named Tarraco as the best large SUV you can buy today, making it the perfect car to complete our multi-award winning SUV line-up.”
SEAT’s biggest product offensive reached its climax with the introduction of the brand’s new flagship model, the Tarraco. The new SUV blends the key attributes of every vehicle in the SEAT range – design and functionality, sportiness and comfort, technology and emotion – but in a form that suits a wider variety of lifestyles.
Tarraco is available with four trim levels: SE, SE Technology, XCELLENCE and XCELLENCE LUX. FR and FR Sport will be added at a later date. There is a choice of five powertrains: two petrol – 1.5 TSI 150PS in manual and 2.0 TSI 190PS in DSG with 4Drive – and three diesel – 2.0 TDI 150PS available in manual and DSG with 4Drive, and a 2.0 TDI 190PS in DSG with 4Drive only.
The seven-seater has respectable boot capacities of 230-litres (2nd and 3rd row upright), 700-litres (with third row folded and 2nd row upright) and 1,775-litres (with 2nd and 3rd rows folded.
SEAT is the only company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets cars in Spain. A member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting 80% of its vehicles, and is present in 80 countries on all five continents. In 2018, SEAT sold 517,600 cars, the highest figure in the 68-year history of the brand, posted a profit after tax of 294 million euros and a record turnover of close to 10 billion euros.
The SEAT Group employs more than 15,000 professionals and has three production centres – Barcelona, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell, where it manufactures the highly successful Ibiza, Arona and Leon. Additionally, the company produces the Ateca in the Czech Republic, the Tarraco in Germany, the Alhambra in Portugal and the Mii in Slovakia.
The multinational has a Technical Centre, which operates as a knowledge hub that brings together 1,000 engineers who are focussed on developing innovation for Spain’s largest industrial investor in R&D. SEAT already features the latest connectivity technology in its vehicle range and is currently engaged in the company’s global digitalisation process to promote the mobility of the future.