Big brother is here in shape of Tar­raco SUV

The Herald Magazine - - etc DRIVE -

THE SEAT Tar­raco is here. The model sits at the top of its SUV fam­ily, as the big­ger brother to the Ateca and Arona. Named af­ter the Mediter­ranean city of Tar­rag­ona, the name Tar­raco was cho­sen by a pop­u­lar vote among more than 146,000 buy­ers.

There are two petrol vari­ants: a four-cylin­der 1.5 litre TSI unit that pro­duces 150PS and is linked to a six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion pow­er­ing the front wheels, and a 2.0 litre, 190PS of­fer­ing mated to a seven-speed DSG gear­box and 4Drive to­tal trac­tion sys­tem.

Even though the Tar­raco SUV is 4735mm long, 1,839mm wide and 1,658mm tall – cre­at­ing a huge in­te­rior space and an im­pos­ing ex­te­rior – the over­all de­sign is meant to

ex­quis­ite tun­ing of the in­duc­tion, ex­haust and en­gine man­age­ment sys­tems. Imag­ine Foo Fight­ers try­ing to play over Me­tal­lica.

Let’s not for­get the pedi­gree of the Van­tage. First used in 1951 on a high-out­put en­gine op­tion for the DB2, the name­plate has been a badge of hon­our worn for seven decades – any­one for a su­per­charged V600 Le Mans? Now, how­ever, it is very much a stand-alone – and stand­out – model.

Is it prac­ti­cal? Only in the way a bowler hat is for sky­div­ing.

There’s no in­te­rior stor­age space other than your pock­ets and the boot takes only just enough that a gen­tle­man and lady of the realm should need for a week­end mis­sion.

But, let’s be hon­est, no­body buys a Van­tage for its prac­ti­cal­ity – it’s on bucket lists the world over for its fun fac­tor. If you haven’t al­ready guessed this from the primeval roar of the en­gine, it’s ur­gently ap­par­ent in the drive modes, two of which are omi­nously marked sport+ and track.

On the track, the Van­tage has a po­ten­tial max­i­mum ve­loc­ity of 195mph and, even on

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