2019 Seat Tarraco Breaks Cover As The Spanish Kodiaq Made In Germany

The wait is over for Seat’s third and largest SUV to date, the Tarraco. Sharing the MQB architecture with the Skoda Kodiaq and many other VW Group models, the Tarraco looks very familiar.

The front carries Seat’s styling cues, but the side reminds a lot of the VW Tiguan Allspace and the rear has a Skoda Kodiaq vibe to it. Interestingly, Seat says the Tarraco shows the brand’s new design direction for the coming years but we suspect that has to do mostly with the new grille and full-LED lights all-around.

Named after the Mediterranean city of Tarragona, the Tarraco slots above the Arona and Ateca in Seat’s range and follows a tried and proven recipe. As with the VW Tiguan Allspace and Skoda Kodiaq, it’s underpinned by the MQB-A long-wheelbase architecture which provides the base for “huge interior space.” No practicality numbers are available yet, but we do know the SUV is 4,735-mm long and 1,658-mm high.

The engine lineup is familiar as well and includes two gasoline and two diesel units, all featuring turbocharging, direct injection and start-stop technology. The entry-level petrol engine is a 1.5-liter TSI rated at 150 PS (148 hp) and linked to a six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive. A 2.0-liter TSI that makes 190 PS (187 hp) is also available in combination with a seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4Drive AWD system.

The diesel lineup includes two 2.0-liter TDI units with 150 PS and 190 PS, respectively. The lower-powered engine can be had either in front-wheel drive, six-speed manual transmission configuration or in all-wheel drive, seven-speed DSG guise. The 190 PS engine only comes with the DSG transmission and 4Drive system. Later on, Seat says it will introduce alternative powertrain technologies as well on the Tarraco.

The VW Group underpinnings are visible in the cabin as well, with the exception of the touchscreen display which isn’t integrated into the dashboard like the interfaces of its platform siblings. Instead, the Tarraco gets a “floating” display up to 8 inches in diameter that supports gesture controls in its top-spec Navigation Plus version. Elsewhere, the 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit is also available.

Notable tech onboard includes the Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) adaptive damping system, as well as an array of driving assistance systems. Lane Assist and Front Assist including bicycle and pedestrian detection are standard in Europe, while Blind Spot Detection, Traffic Sign Recognition, Traffic Jam Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Light Assist, and Emergency Assist are optional.

The Seat Tarraco will go on sale in early 2019 in two trim levels, SE and Xcellence. For customers who can’t wait until then, pre-sales start in December. Interestingly, it will be made in Germany, at the Wolfsburg plant.

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  • Christian

    “BREAKING” No ship, Sherlock… Like an hour late…Not good enough…

  • roy

    Looks better than both the allspace and the kodiaq

  • MarkoS

    Just give us Seat in the USA, this puts the homely Tiguan to shame. A little attention to detail goes a long way.

    • DM

      They look great on the outside but I’m sorry to say the interiors are not as good. Dull and full of cheap and scratchy plastics.

  • charlotteharry57

    Looks to me like a Seat Atlas.

    • Jason Panamera

      And it looks to me like Seat at last.

  • Jason Panamera

    Front looks even nice but I am not sure about these tailights. They look a little big awkward to me. Nevermind… It’s good to see that Seat has found it’s own identity thanks to VW… he he

    • no25

      this is the best video ive seen in a while! hahah

    • alexxx

      Oh man….brilliant..

  • designer_dick

    It’s even more similar to the Tiguan Allspace than I’d expected. Yes, the front is new and rather attractive, and the rearmost side window is slightly more angular, but the entire centre section is obviously common to both cars, and the interior has received, at most, a new upper dash moulding, with everything else being identical to the Allspace.

  • Dennis Scipio

    I don’t why, but the front end reminds me of a Hyundai.

  • I quite like the look of this but it seems to be a worse version of a Hyundai Sante Fe for both visually and practicality.

  • Tinky-Winky

    I get some strong Infiniti vibes from the headlights and the rear end is so generic it could belong to anything from VW group.

  • Karl

    Nice Volkswagen!

    • StrangerGP


      • Karl


  • I wonder if the European Tiguans (Allspace) like this have the same reliability problems the North American Tiguan has? Already there are 7 recalls, some very dangerous with no fix yet, that range from electrical fires and exploding air bags. Some are issues that have not been identified as recalls, but have to do with dangerous hesitation of powertrain when accelerating and a structural defect in the B Pillar. Many of these are being covered in various VW forums. Also, let’s not talk about the Atlas either, it also has 7 recalls and a few very dangerous as well. VW’s legendary “reliability” issues rears its ugly head again.

    • Matteo Tommasi

      In europe recalls don’t happen, we still go around with non-fixed vw-gate diesels and faulty takata airbags

  • no25

    wow looks really good! way better than the Kodiaq

  • DM

    VW did not even bother with the interior. Aside from the screen everything comes from the Tiguan, and I’m not sure if that´s a good thing or not.

    • Able

      The lower console and door trims are identical, but the upper dashboard layout is completely different to Tiguan.

      • DM

        I agree. But hey it will sell and it doesn’t look half bad. I like this interior better than the Tiguan’s.

  • sidewaysspin

    Very ugly, the interior looks like it’s from a century ago, and I can’t believe they’re still selling diesels and manual transmissions, we’re almost in 2020!

  • Able

    That front may be SEAT, but the side + rear is all Tiguan Allspace. The bootlid shape is identical!

  • Miknik

    It’s not a Spanish Kodiaq, it’S a Tiguan Allspace with a different grille and dashboard;

  • Alx

    Identity crisis.

  • StrangerGP

    I like how they were going for the fake exhausts but changed their mind at the last minute.

  • Vassilis

    The Kodiaq connection is obvious but it looks really good!

  • erly5

    “Named after the Mediterranean city of Tarragona, the Tarraco…..” So why isn’t it called Tarragona?????

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