The Alhambra is a roomy seven-seat vehicle offering a fine range of standard equipment and safety features, making it particularly ideal for large families or Motability customers. This attractive MPV is available in five trim levels: S, SE, Connect, SE Lux and FR Line.
Compact and smartly designed, this people carrier features body-coloured elements such as bumpers and door mirrors, the latter incorporating LED indicators. Other eye-catching components include a chrome-trimmed front grille and 16-inch alloy wheels. Wide doors provide easy access and sliding rear doors are especially useful whenever you find yourself parked in a cramped space.
Front-row occupants have the advantage of height-adjustable, lumbar-supporting seats, and the driver further benefits from a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel. Standard features include power-assisted steering, an electric handbrake, electric front and rear windows and three-zone climate control. Stowage provision includes a lockable, illuminated and refrigerated glovebox, a front-armrest storage compartment and a 267-litre boot. Cargo capacity expands to 2,297 litres when second and third-row seats are folded. See more the intelligent Alhambra design over on our blog now.
A range of available engines include a 2.0-litre 148bhp unit, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. This produces 148bhp and 340Nm of torque and returns 56.5mpg and 130g/km of CO2. It also features a Start/Stop system, which automatically switches off the engine when it isn’t needed, reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in the process.
A six and a half-inch colour touchscreen and an eight-speaker sound system are included, the latter featuring a CD player and an AM/FM radio. Bluetooth®, USB and AUX connectivity, as well as voice recognition technology, are standard inclusions. But if you're looking to add more tech, you could always take a look at adding a Gadget pack from our SEAT Genuine Accessories Packs.
Pick your favourite trim:
You can now add Genuine SEAT Accessory Packs to you new car to make it even more personal to you, there are 9 packs to pick from in total.
But because the Alhambra is perfectly suited to transporting the family or work colleagues in style, we thought any of these three pack options would be best suited to the Alhambra's spec. Plus you'll probably be happy you've got that Gadget Pack on those long journeys, you know what your colleagues can get like when they're bored!
Driven: SEAT Alhambra Connect
Seat has dedicated an entire trim grade to its new internet-connected technology. PA grabs a smartphone to see what the fuss is about.
Connect is at the heart of both name and nature here. As standard you get Seat’s Full Link technology, which allows both iPhones and Android devices to connect to the car in a way that far surpasses the capabilities of Bluetooth.
Both Apple CarPlay and Android MirrorLink are now fitted, and allow the use of internet-connected apps without distracting a driver too much, like internet radio. You need the appropriate app for your phone, but it works well.
The Alhambra utilises a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine with a decent 148bhp. It's the same unit you'll find in a variety of Volkswagen Group products, and it's reliable and punchy - even in a relatively large car like this.
For something that could house the Death Star, the Alhambra actually shows a lot of composure on the road. It turns in cleanly without wobbling, and it pulls itself out again with enthusiasm courtesy of the latest 2.0-litre TDI diesel. A crisp manual gear shift is a bonus, but on top of surprising poise the big Seat also rides well, soaking up speed bumps and manhole covers with plushness. It’s a very relaxing but capable car.
The Alhambra is about as simple a shape as cars get; a one-volume block that maximises interior space but allows no real room for style. The latest version is blessed with Seat’s pointy styling, which lifts it away from the utter misery of one or two other MPVs out there, but it’s not going to drive down any catwalks.
That said, there’s actually a robustness to its image. It’s built to do a specific job better than any other kind of car, and the right kind of buyer will see that – and respect it.
Two average-height men can sit comfortably enough in the third row of seats. That’s amazing. This is a genuine seven-seater, with three independently adjustable and movable middle seats for extra flexibility. With the rear seats folded you’re left with a huge boot, and there’s a sunken section to stop bags rolling around. Five people could travel with a fortnight’s worth of luggage without getting close to filling it. Parents will love it. Buggy? In it goes; no messing.
Sliding rear doors are priceless in car parks and make fitting a child seat (and a child) much easier than with hinged doors. Once you’ve had sliders you’ll wonder how you ever lived without.
Covered cupholders, broad door pockets and sturdy materials are cabin highlights, and no one’s going to ask for more space, but the driver can’t see much in the oddly stubby little door mirrors. Roof rails mean it’s easy to add options for extra storage or bike racks.
Parents are the only target audience, here. Those mums and dads for whom a smaller five-seater MPV either isn’t big enough at the back or doesn’t have enough seats will be huge fans. The only issue is price, because it isn’t especially budget-friendly, but there’s no doubting its effectiveness at its job.
Engine: 2.0-litre turbodiesel producing 148bhp and 340Nm
Transmission: Six-speed manual driving the front wheels
Performance: Top speed 124mph, 0-60mph in 10 seconds
Economy: 55.4mpg combined
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