Review

SEAT Alhambra MPV

Price  £25,630 - £33,705

SEAT Alhambra MPV

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Great to drive
  • Superb practicality
  • Well-equipped
Cons
  • Lacks style of SUV rivals
  • Limited legroom in seven seat layout
  • Limited engine range

At a glance

The greenest
SE 2.0 TDI CR Ecomotive 140 5dr £27,510
The cheapest
S 2.0 TDI CR Ecomotive 140 5dr £25,630
The fastest
SE Lux 2.0 TDI CR 177 5dr £32,420
Top of the range
SE Lux 2.0 TDi CR DSG-auto 177 5dr £33,705

“The SEAT Alhambra is a roomy, good-to-drive and well built large MPV. Sliding doors and a spacious seven-seat layout mark it out.”

The SEAT Alhambra is one of the very best large MPVs money can buy. A rival to cars like the Ford Galaxy and Vauxhall Zafira Tourer, it's mechanically identical to the Volkswagen Sharan, yet it's cheaper than the VW-badged version. So you get all the benefits of the Volkswagen – the practical interior, the flexible seven-seat layout, the excellent engines, the great handling and the top-class quality – but at a lower price.

There are cheaper MPVs on the market (the Vauxhall Zafira costs less, for example), but none of them come close to matching the Alhambra for practicality, comfort, handling and fuel economy. It's a truly brilliant all-rounder, which is why we named it Best MPV in the 2014 Carbuyer Awards.

There's a choice of S, SE, I-TECH and SE Lux trim levels, with all models powered by a 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine. In the most expensive SE Lux model, you can choose between 138bhp or 175bhp versions, while all other cars are fitted with the 138bhp engine only. Even better, all versions are offered with a choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or the VW Group's excellent DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission.

All Alhambras have claimed fuel economy of around 50mpg, while CO2 emissions range from 146 to 158g/km, so this is a big car that won’t saddle you with big fuel and tax bills. As you’d expect for a top-class family car, it has a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating and lots of standard safety equipment. And unlike many large MPVs, it isn’t cumbersome or van-like to drive.

Sliding rear doors make it easy to get in and out in tight parking spaces, while all the seats are easy to move around. The interior is very solid and well built, making it perfectly suited to putting up with the rough and tumble of family life.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3 / 5

The SEAT Alhambra is cheap to run and fuel-efficient considering its size

Engines, drive & performance

3.3 / 5

A good-to-drive large MPV with powerful diesel engines, the SEAT Alhambra handles and rides like a much smaller car

Interior & comfort

4.1 / 5

Spacious, comfortable and well built, the SEAT Alhambra is an MPV with an upmarket edge

Practicality & boot space

4.8 / 5

The SEAT Alhambra is one of the most practical cars money can buy

Reliability & safety

3.6 / 5

Safety is first rate but SEAT customers haven’t been impressed with the brand in recent years

What the others say

4.3 / 5
based on 3 reviews
4 / 5
“Access is easy, thanks to the sliding doors, which can be opened and closed with the push of a button on SE Lux models. Plus, the large windows and panoramic sunroof make for a light and airy interior.”
5 / 5
"The Alhambra is a big car, and you're well aware of that when negotiating tight car parks or narrow city streets."
4 / 5
“The Alhambra really can carry seven in comfort. Throw in an incredibly quick and easy system for folding the seats and you have a functional and practical people carrier.”

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What owners say

4.36875
4.4 /5 based on 16 reviews
81%
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