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SEAT Tarraco: on and off-road performance in detail

Post by Rob » Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:55 am

Seat is giving us one final look at a Tarraco SUV test car before it drops the camouflage completely for its official debut on September 18.

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In the latest teaser, Seat’s head of Predevelopment, Patents and Innovation Stefan Ilijevic said that “the feeling at the wheel of the new Seat Tarraco is impressive. It’s very dynamic and makes you feel safe at the same time”. The car maker also confirmed that boot capacity of the new Tarraco is set at 760 liters, arguably when the third row of seats isn’t in use.

Living up to its name, Stefan drives the brand’s third SUV on the outskirts of the typical Mediterranean landscape of Tarragona and the following are his initial impressions while at the wheel:

After turning on the ignition and putting it through its first around several bends, Stefan comments that: “the feeling at the wheel of the new SEAT Tarraco is impressive. It’s very dynamic and makes you feel safe at the same time”. SEAT’s most recent SUV can seat up to seven passengers and has a 760 litre luggage compartment. It gives the driver “a great feeling of size and spaciousness”, adds the engineer.


  • The SEAT Tarraco is highly dynamic and sturdy on all kinds of terrain
  • SEAT’s third SUV can handle rocky terrain with a slope of up to 70%
  • The SEAT Tarraco has been designed to successfully tackle lateral tilts of 85%
In good form on any type of terrain: The SEAT Tarraco faces an off-road course to test how it performs prior to its international presentation. “It handles rocky mountainous terrain with a slope of up to 70% with ease”, explains the engineer while driving down a very steep incline. “Its all-wheel drive seems to have no limits. Right now the car is braking by itself”, adds Stefan.

The new Rollover Assist unlocks the doors and turns off the engine in the case of a hypothetical rollover
The SEAT Tarraco provides comfortable transportation on public roads by choosing different driving modes
Stefan Ilijevic, an engineer at the SEAT Technical Centre, tests the SEAT Tarraco with camouflage in order to disguise its design lines

No fear of extreme cornering: The car continues on its course, and in a very tight curve moves forward at a tilt. “It has been designed to successfully tackle lateral tilts of 85%. On this kind of terrain it conveys a feeling of sturdiness and safety” says Stefan. In addition, the new model is equipped with two new driver assistants. One is the Rollover Assist, which automatically unlocks the doors, turns off the engine and activates an emergency call in the hypothetical case of a rollover.

Up to six driving modes with a simple hand gesture: “All you have to do is turn the driving mode selector dial and you’re ready to drive on pavement”. After completing the off-road portion of the test, Stefan changes to ‘sport’ mode. Thanks to this system the car provides an extremely versatile range of driving capabilities: “You can use it in the mountains at the weekend and drive just as comfortably around the city”, explains the engineer. Furthermore, with the car’s adaptive suspension setup (DCC), “you get the dynamic feeling of a car that can also take you on long journeys”, he concludes.

These and other details of the SEAT Tarraco will be made public at its international presentation next 18 September in Tarragona, the day when the company is officially adding a new model to complete its SUV offensive which began in 2016 and currently features the Ateca and the Arona.

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