SEAT Alhambra review 2012

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SEAT Alhambra


The perfected

SEAT (and VW) got a new large MPV in 2010 and it was worth for

For –  Great all-rounder with price and Audi quality

–  could be a bit more sporty

It the Volkswagen Group until to launch a competitor to the Renault introduced in 1984 which was then to be the first MPV. say that it was Volkswagen that the MPV with the 1950 Type 2 or as it is known.

The SEAT Alhambra is a example of badge engineering is said to have been by Charles Nash in1926 he re-branded his Ajax car as a Nash Six. Production stopped for two and Nash badges, hub caps and grilles were substituted. were sent to dealers to stock cars.

It was probably General Motors in the which perfected the concept as it had absorbing many failing and because of the high cost of new models needed to spin different brands off the same vehicle.

The British manufacturers on the band wagon and we had the same car Austin, Morris, MG, Riley and or Hillman, Humber, Singer, and

Badge engineering – doomed venture with Ford

first example of badge was probably the Audi 50 which, little change became the The Passat/Audi 80 followed and in the early-nineties finally recognised the potential for a Espace competitor and teamed up Ford, built a factory in and created the Galaxy/Sharan, the latter’s causing great consternation at VW UK executives tried hard to Wolfsburg to change the name.

The marriage was destined for divorce because then engineering and standards of the two companies were so Volkswagen dealers were when Ford rivals got the in 1994 and the Sharan was not available 1995. This was simply then VW Group chairman, Piëch would not sign off the because of quality issues.

Ford bosses were to allow their customers to the product development and put up with the problems.

At this time sold mainly small and while their brief was to be Alfa Romeo, the powers-that-be that a SEAT MPV could be cheaply that would manufacturer and dealers extra the Alhambra was actually known as the ‘cash cow’.

The Alhambra might not have sporty but it did show SEAT that they could sell £20,000 SEATs and lots of money.

Volkswagen from Ford in 2005 it to launch a new, unique in 2006, made in Genk,

Once again Volkswagen and now dealers had to wait; a new version was not until 2010 but fortunately was waiting for with its fold-flat and sliding side doors the option of electric operation.

is a rare example of Volkswagen engineering which seems to happen with SEAT; the Estate, the Exeo/A4 and the Alhambra/Sharan.

Couldn’t it be a bit more sporty?

It be nice if the SEAT version be made more sporty sister Sharan to fulfil original vision but both are vehicles and as good if not better any rival.

There is one petrol the excellent 1.4 litre 150 PS which remarkably strongly and sweetly but sell in very small There are three 2-litre of 115, 140 and 170 PS but the lowest powered is not worth considering particularly if the car is fully loaded when the 115 ps struggle, all for a saving of just The 140 gives more than performance and the 170 goes like

The Alhambra has peerless fit, and perceived quality but unlike the version, has a considerable options as well as the already generous There are cornering fog lights, a folding tool bar which out of site in a few seconds, heated and multi-function camera including assist, road sign and park assist.

© Robert #8211; April 2012

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