Review SEAT Alhambra Range New car

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Review of the new SEAT Alhambra



(6.7 out of 10)

DATE: 11 май 2007

SEAT’s continues to offer much for the for buyers or large MPVs. Crouch checks it out


Alhambra is a well-built large MPV car-like driving dynamics and a interior. It’s been for some time now and aspects of the are starting to show their age but the basics still shine If you’re after innovation and design, the Alhambra may not be for you but as a quality, seven-seat vehicle it’s a surprisingly strong contender.

the 2.0-litre TDI engine.

There was a when if you simply had to run a vehicle room for seven, your were strictly limited. You bought some kind of and ready van-based minibus or for one of the select band of large like SEAT’s Alhambra. the choices for rugby sevens or parents of quintuplets has widened with a whole range of and 4x4s sporting the requisite

Is the long serving Alhambra up to the job of winning sales?

The SEAT was launched as part of a triumvirate also included the Ford and Volkswagen’s Sharan. All three shared the same design and This suited the SEAT well. As the most affordable in the group, it gained sales buyers happy to put up with the less mainstream badge on the Today, while the Sharan on, Ford has gone it alone a brand new Galaxy.

Like the the Alhambra is no spring chicken, so is it worth a look?

In keeping the sporty image that likes to peddle these the Alhambra actually drives well. Once behind the you can easily shuffle the fact this is a full-size seven-seat MPV to the of you mind as the car’s firm helps it resist the kind of and pitching that gives the away in rival products.

The main advantage of this composure is not the opportunity it presents to the Alhambra through a set of corners for fun but at a modest pace, your will always be comfortable. The range, like the rest of the is getting on in years but the impressive 2.0-litre 140bhp TDI turbodiesel still has plenty of life in it. The option is a 115bhp 1.9-litre TDI

The manual models have a six-speed gearbox but the 1.9-litre TDI is by a tiptronic automatic.

You’ll buy a Alhambra if you’re not easily by the gimmicky design touches on the modern alternatives and you like the simple no-nonsense approach..

In the Alhambra, you have a car that not costs around the same as a family estate but also in at about the same length, up no more space on the tarmac. To it’s very similar to range estate – better, thanks to that driving position and the glassy Performance isn’t breath-taking and be looking at a 15s 0-60mph sprint you opt for the 2.0-litre TDI which can do the business in

I’d upgrade to this TDI option if at all possible.

Outside, the Alhambra presents an unremarkable MPV shape with few distinguishing Those wanting a bit of flare their big people carrier may to look elsewhere. Inside, a pleasantly up-market atmosphere, good quality plastics and

The usual MPV extras like cupholders, extra map pockets in the and a pair of useful lidded on top of the dash are present. The Alhambra go as far as some more modern in offering storage solutions and extras but many such are rarely used anyway.

The seating is always key in any MPV and the Alhambra a system of removable chairs are very comfortable. Sadly, very heavy, so lugging in and out is a job not to be undertaken by the weak or faint-hearted. The two seats on some models can be round completely to face the – which is great for and business meetings if you’re and there’s only four in the Space is generous in the front two and the third is adequate.

The rear two can be slid forwards and backwards to leg room or luggage space but the full complement of passengers on there’s not much room for

The SEAT Alhambra comes equipped, across three levels titled S, Ecomotive and over a price range for most buyers will be between £18,000 and £20,000. All get climate-controlled air conditioning, cruise the ESP stability programme, a CD-based ABS, twin front remote control central and electric front windows.

Plusher versions get side combination leather/alcantara upholstery and climate control that you can front and rear. There are practical options like a

A spot of haggling can seriously your initial outlay on an but once you’ve signed on the line, you’re at the mercy of its costs. Thankfully, they’re manageable. It boils down to from the 1.9 TDI automatic or 42mpg the 2.0-litre TDI manual with emissions.

You can reduce that to if you go for the 2.0TDI Ecomotive version manages 47.1mpg on the combined Depreciation on the Alhambra is similar to you can expect on other large MPV and insurance of group 11 for the petrol and 12 for the diesels is hardly extortionate.

The SEAT Alhambra has been developed over a lengthy and is genuinely tough to criticise in its state. Yes, there are large people carriers you consider but don’t ignore one if you get offered the right deal. well sorted, it’s designed and it’s well – which has to count for

You’ll buy a SEAT Alhambra if not easily impressed by the gimmicky touches on the more modern and you like the SEAT’s simple approach. The model’s age should that discounts will be but despite its advancing years, are few rivals that drive


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