If we were going to be a bit reductive – just this once – we could describe the SEAT Alhambra as a Volkswagen Sharan with a stripped-down, back-to-basics interior and slightly jazzier exterior styling. That's because they’re basically the same car, but the Alhambra, crucially we think, is cheaper. Yet it still offers all the virtues of the more expensive VW that for lower price. Which means that you get an incredibly practical seven- seat MPV that comes with a good range of engines to choose from and impressive on-road dynamics for a bit of a bargain. It's still not the cheapest MPV on the market, by any means – some older rivals, such as the Vauxhall Zafira, do cost less - but none of the cars that beat it on price can match the Alhambra on comfort, practicality or fuel economy - and that's why we named it Best MPV in our 2013 Car of the Year awards.