SEAT has been riding the wave of popularity for SUVs
With its trio of high-riding models - the Arona, Ateca and Tarraco. All three bring the kind of Spanish flair that you’d expect from the firm alongside rock-solid build quality and a variety of efficient yet punchy engines.
Plus, these three have all recently been updated, giving them a fresh new look as well as upgraded levels of interior technology. However, spaciousness and practicality has been retained, ensuring that the key reasons why these cars are so popular are retained.
The Arona is SEAT’s most compact SUV, sitting atop the same platform that you’ll find underpinning the Ibiza. Because of this, it’s well-suited to life in the town or city, where this smaller size ensures that it’s easy to park and easy to live with, too. With six different specifications to choose from, there’s a trim level for all buyers too.
But there’s loads of equipment available from the off, with entry-point SE cars boasting 17-inch alloy wheels, metallic paint and an 8.25-inch infotainment system. There’s full smartphone integration fitted as standard, too.
A 400-litre boot is remarkably good for a car of this size and it can be extended by folding down the rear seats, too. It’s a lot more practical than its compact dimensions would suggest, in truth.
The Ateca acts as the middle ground in the SEAT range of SUVs. It’s got a really sporty look to it, too, but backs up this dynamic appearance with a really spacious interior and plenty of standard equipment - it’s little wonder why it has won so many accolades.
Technology is high up the list of priorities for buyers in this segment, which is why the Ateca is packed with features. A 360-degree parking camera is a particular highlight and makes positioning the car at slow speeds a whole lot easier, while a Virtual Pedal boot sensor allows you to open the boot simply by waving your foot underneath the bumper.
Inside, there’s loads of space and a handy 510-litre boot which can be, again, extended by folding down the rear seats.
After the most space possible? The Tarraco is definitely your best option. It’s the largest SUV in SEAT’s range and provides seating for seven people, as well as bringing a large boot and a whole host of accessory and versatility options. Plus, the middle row of seats can be slid forward and back, making it really flexible in terms of both storage and legroom.
You’ve got plenty of specification options to choose from on the Tarraco, too, with the six separate trim levels bringing something different to the table. However, all cars get luxuries such as 17-inch alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control and Seat’s clever Virtual Cockpit fitted as standard.
Sport FR grades are there for those who like a more dynamic-looking car, while XCellence specifications add a more luxurious feel. However, whichever grade you opt for you’re getting the same spacious cabin, large boot and refined, efficient engines.