SEAT Alhambra MPV

£25,630 - £33,705

The SEAT Alhambra is an MPV and a rival to cars like the Ford Galaxy and Vauxhall Zafira Tourer. It's based on the Volkswagen Sharan – in fact it's mechanically identical to it. It features a more stylish design and a slightly more basic interior, and Alhambra models are cheaper than the equivalent Sharans. So you get all the benefits of the Volkswagen – the practical interior, the flexible seven-seats, the excellent engines, the great handling and the top-class reliability – but you get them at a bargain price.

There are cheaper MPVs on the market, the Vauxhall Zafira costs less, for example, but none of the cars with a lower price come close to matching the Alhambra on 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.