This week Donegal Daily’s Brian McDaid is looking at Seat and their latest offering with their new SUV the Tarraco courtesy of DMG motors outside Donegal Town.
With a starting price of a very competitive €34,000 approx, our test seven-seater SUV was nearer the top end of the range weighing in around the €39,000 mark.
Cruising past Biddy’s
Before I got as far as Biddys on the way from DMG Motors to Letterkenny through Barnes Mor Gap, I had the Tarraco in cruise control and in this setting, I had chosen it was tracking the car’s progress in front of me and was automatically keeping a very safe distance between us.
The model was also giving me a gentle reminder with a vibration through the steering wheel any time that I drifted over the lines at the edge or the centre of the road.
Add to this the beautiful seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox which can be changed to five different driving modes ranging from Sport Ecco, Snow, off-road and normal mode.
I was in Ecco mode and the indicator shows this SUV making it way up through the gears as we made our way through the gap.
The Digital Audio Broadcast Radio (DAB) picked up the BBC reception from Radio 2 and on it a version of Don McClean’s song ‘American Pie’ which just invited you to turn the radio up a bit, Two girls were singing the classic in perfect harmony.
This just added to the feeling of comfort and luxury inside this well-appointed interior.
There is paddle shifts neatly placed behind the steering wheel if you feel the need to change the gearbox up or down yourself, but only a few miles into my journey, I thought I’d let the DSG gearbox do the work while I sat back and enjoy the comforts on offer.
There is something very stylish about this new Seat maybe it’s even better looking than the equivalent version from its parent company, VW.
Even when it was parked up beside the top of the range Audi the headlights cluster looked very alike on both.
The is all good news for Seat when everyone is always on the lookout for style as well as all the practicality that this four wheel drive SUV has to offer.
The Tarraco prices start at €34,00 approx and the near top of the range model that we tested was weighing in at €39,000 approx, which is good value for a seven-seater with this level of trim.
A full sunroof from front to back was available on our version which is not operated by the red button above the mirror. That Red Button is to make an emergency assistance call from which I accidentally pressed then quickly pressed again to deactivate it. But it is very reassuring to know it is available.
The Tarraco from Seat ticks all the boxes for a family on the move who want to explore in all types of weather.
It is for those who have the benefit of having a few extra seats to bring a few friends of them adventure road trips, and at the same time this vehicle can transform into a very roomy workhorse swallowing up that bulky load or can just be a great easy run family car.
It has great looks and just seems to have the edge in the right circles for style and road appearance.
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