This Spanish 7-Seater is a VW underneath

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This is the all-new SEAT Tarraco which comes with seven-seats as standard. It’s part of the Volkswagen-owned Spanish car company’s successful assault on the SUV segment, having already won significant market share with the Ateca and Arona SUVs.

The new Tarraco (named after the city of Tarragona in Spain) shares its platform with the VW Tiguan Allspace and Skoda Kodiac. It’s SEAT’s biggest car yet, and the styling, particularly at the front represents SEAT’s future design direction. This latest SEAT is competing against cars like the Nissan X-Trail, Renault Koleos and Hyundai Sante Fe.

Prices range from £28k to £38k, with four trim levels, and engine options include 1.5-litre 150bhp and 2.0 190bhp petrol engines, as well as 2.0 TDI versions with either 150bhp (expected to be the most popular) or 190bhp. Choices include base model manuals, DSG automatics as well as two-wheel and four-wheel drive.

We tried the 2.0 TDI DSG 4Drive in XCELLENCE trim priced at £36,330. With 190bhp it is capable of accelerating from rest to 62mph in 9.7 seconds and a reaching 125mph top speed. Fuel consumption ranges from 37.2-38.2mpg.

Fitting the third row in still gives it 230 litres of boot space, though that increases to 700litres with the last two seats folded in and a capacious 1775 litres with the middle row also folded – you can do that by just pulling levers in the boot. The middle row also slides back and forth for improved legroom and the occupants also get the luxury of pop up tables with slide-out cup-holders! It’s reasonably spacious and comfortable even for taller adults, although the last row is strictly for children only.

In the front it frankly feels like a Volkswagen. Comfy, with decent room, a sensible seating position and good all-round visibility – aided by a reversing camera – which makes this an easy car to place in the city, despite its 4.7m long and 1.8m wide dimensions.

A solid quality cabin serves up some nice touches if you spec the twin-trim cloth and Alcantara seats, plus you get the 10.2 inch full digital and configurable instrument panel, as well as the standard 8-inch infotainment system.

On the go it does suffer a little from Turbo lag, but when it spools up it provides a hefty dollop of torque to get you going. The handling is poised and agile enough, grippy too, if not quite sporty. It’s essentially a light and easy car to drive.

Another excellent contender in the large family SUV sector which offers assured build, robustness and quality, but at an amenable price point. Definitely one for large families to check out, it’s on sale now.

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