Our SEAT Tarraco has developed a few minor niggles. I concluded last month’s report by describing the condensation and water in the nearside rear light, which looks unsightly and means that part of the cluster is no longer illuminated. Having waited a couple of weeks for an appointment at my nearest SEAT dealer, the Tarraco was in the workshop for three hours for diagnosis. The result: a replacement light cluster is on back order and I’m waiting to make a return trip to the dealer.
Another niggle is the all too familiar issue of the infotainment screen ‘freezing’ in action. It’s ‘my’ fourth SEAT in a row that suffers from this problem, with the system forcing itself into a reboot to cure the issue. Is this a problem across the entire Volkswagen Group? Answers on a postcard, please. The final niggle concerns the interior quality, with the plastic cover on the inside of the A-pillar coming apart from where it meets the headlining. It’s nothing more than a tad unsightly, but when it’s combined with a couple of other small things, it starts to chip away at what were good first impressions. Still, at least I’ll have a full quota of working lights by this time next month.
Away from the minor irritations, the Tarraco continues to impress. Switching from seven- to five-seat mode is a doddle thanks to a pair of remote levers in the boot and on the top of either side of the rear bench, while pulling them back into place is easy courtesy of handles on the rear of the seats. I also like the way that the boot load cover slots below the boot floor when not in use. This is the first time in a while that a long-termer’s load cover hasn’t lived in my woodshed for the duration of the loan. It’s proving to be very practical, too, with the 60:40 split-folding second row of seats coming into its own on a recent trip to the tip. It’s also good that the second-row slides backwards and forwards to provide more boot space or greater legroom for anyone travelling in the very back.
Out on the road, I’ve been enjoying the Tarraco’s adaptive cruise control (ACC), which is switched on more often than it’s turned off. While ACC is more commonly associated with motorways, where it allows you to follow the ebb and flow of traffic, I tend to use it in urban areas, where it helps to make journeys a little more pleasurable. I simply set the ACC to the speed limit, then allow the Tarraco to use the car in front as its guide. The only issue is an over-sensitive safety net, with the dashboard forever reminding me to ‘take over steering’. I guess it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Date arrived 8th May 2019
Fuel economy 37.2-38.2mpg (combined) 37.9mpg (on test)
The load cover slots below the boot floor – neat.
There’s a gap where the A-pillar plastic cover meets the roof.