SEAT Alhambra (2010 - )
Last updated 1 September 2015
On sale in UK from October 2015. It offers improved specification as well as a range of diesel engines that all meet EU6 by virtue of SCR needing AdBlue. Manifold in head technology makes them up to 15...
Bigger, better and more eco-friendly than before, the second generation SEAT Alhambra was a long time coming. The original version was launched way back in 1996 and was certainly feeling very dated by the end of its life, so this replacement couldn't have come soon enough. As before the Alhambra is the sister car to the Volkswagen Sharan, but there's no longer a Ford version as the Galaxy from 2006 is a completely separate design.
This second generation Alhambra is a big improvement on the original and it needed to be if it was to compete with the current crop of seven-seat MPVs, the stand out model of which is - ironically - the Ford Galaxy. The big change is the introduction of EasyFold seats which mean that all five rear seats can now be easily folded flat onto the floor, unlike before when only the backs folded down (or they had to be removed altogether). Getting to the rearmost seats is also much easier as the outer centre seats cantilever forward to afford access to the back row.
There are plenty of useful features too, including sliding side doors, which open electrically on top models along with the tailgate, Isofix child seat mounting points with top tether anchors on all five rear seats and the option of integrated child seats in the middle row. It's also well equipped as standard with all models getting features such as front and rear parking sensors, alloy wheels, climate control, Bluetooth and an electric parking brake.
On the move the Alhambra is refined and quiet, making it ideal for long distances and it's spectacularly easy to drive with precise controls, neat handling and good all-round visibility. The engine line-up was simple too with one petrol - a small but pokey 1.4 TSI Twincharger with 150PS - and a 2.0 TDI available with either 140bhp or 170bhp. Most people went for the TDI 140bhp and it makes the most sense with plenty of torque and a ECDC average of 50.4mpg with the standard six-speed manual gearbox. CO2 emissions are also low at 146g/km while adding the DSG twin clutch automatic transmission still sees them at 149g/km - comfortably under the 150g/km band limit.
Very practical and feels solid but the 2.0TDi engine is noisyOn 2 November 2014
Almost flawless.On 22 August 2011
So much better than the old one, and that was brilliant too!On 24 March 2011