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SEAT Alhambra MPV (2010-2020) - Interior & comfort

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

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3.4 out of 5

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3.8 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

3.5 out of 5

The SEAT Alhambra handles very well, partly because it has a fairly firm suspension set-up. In many cars, firmer suspension means a less comfortable ride, but this isn’t an issue in the SEAT – it’s comfortable and does a good job of soaking up bumps in the road.

SE, SEL and Xcellence trims all get 17-inch alloy wheels, albeit with differing designs, and tyre and road noise is well isolated from the interior.

With a wide range of seat movement, plus a steering wheel that adjusts for height and reach, it’s really easy to get comfortable in the driver’s seat.

SEAT Alhambra dashboard

With a no-nonsense layout, big buttons and large, clear dials, the Alhambra’s dashboard is very easy to get on with. There are pleasant soft-touch materials on top of the dashboard and the plastics used throughout the interior are excellent but the Alhambra is starting to show its age. Its design lacks some of the flourishes found in newer SEATs and there's no option to upgrade the instruments to digital versions.

Equipment

The Alhambra gets decent equipment across all trim levels. Even the cheapest SE model comes with Bluetooth phone connectivity, steering-wheel-mounted stereo controls, three-zone climate control and SEAT's 'Media System Plus' infotainment system with a 6.5-inch colour touchscreen and sat nav.

You also get a leather steering wheel, chrome roof rails, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver's seat and front foglights. There are also family-friendly features like tinted windows and integrated sun blinds, picnic tables and a plug-socket in the second row for charging devices.

SEL ups the equipment count with DAB radio, heated power-adjustable front seats, a rear-view camera and a powered tailgate. Xcellence adds luxury items like an opening panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, heated windscreen washers and keyless entry and start.

Options

With three different trim levels – each with more standard equipment than the last – there isn’t a huge need to fit options to your Alhambra, as there’s likely to be a trim level to suit everyone. As part of SEAT's 'Easy Move' simplification of its range, metallic paint is also included in the price.

Adding the panoramic sunroof to SE and SEL costs £655, and a folding towbar costs £715 if you plan on towing.

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