SEAT Alhambra (2010 - )
Last updated 8 January 2014
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It's clear that a lot of thought has gone into the interior of the Alhambra and both user-friendliness and quality is a big improvement on the old model. The biggest change is that each of the rear seats can be folded flat into the floor if you don't need them thanks to the EasyFold system (they had to be removed in the previous Alhambra) and doing so is quick and easy. This means that you can change from having a cavernous van-like load area (with a flat floor and a huge 2297 litres of space which is ideal for moving bits of furniture) to being able to carry seven people, in just a few minutes.
The rearmost seats are surprisingly spacious but getting to them can be tricky, although access is helped signifcantly by the wide opening sliding doors and the fact that the outer seats on the middle row slide and tilt forward in one movement (see pictures). With the extra seats in place, the boot space is fairly limited but you can still get a decent number of shopping bags in. With the third row folded down there's a really impressive 658 litres which is more than enough for several suitcases and a pushchair.
The second row is the best place to be in the Alhambra. It's a little higher than the front seats giving a good view out which is helped by the large side windows. The seats in this row can be slid backwards and forwards plus the angle of the backrests can also be adjusted so it's easy to get comfortable on long journeys. The sliding side doors are great too - especially in tight multi-storey car parks - and prevent your doors and other cars being damanged by over-enthusiastic children. On SE Lux (and optional on SE) these are electric as is the tailgate, although to be honest, they slide so easy it's not exactly difficult to open them.
Usefully, the seats in the second AND third rows come with Isofix child seat mounting points with additional Top Tether anchors. Also available for the second row are integrated child seats suitable for children weighing around 15kg and over.
Storage is plentiful as you'd expect on a family people carrier with loads of compartments and cubbies dotted around plus two 12v sockets. The large bin on top of the dashboard is really useful (for sat nav units for instance) while the centre arm rest is standard on all models and be adjusted back or forth. The front door bins can hold a 1.5-litre bottle while the sliding doors have room for one-litre bottles.
Quality is another strength of the Alhambra with a robust and well-finished feel inside. It's neatly designed too and although there's not much to grab the attention, it's at least sleek with easy to use controls. The stereo is straightforward as are the climate control switches, which all have a nice weight to them. The driver gets well looked after too with clear and simple dials along with a good driving position giving a nicely raised view out without feeling like you're too high.
Standard equipment from launch (November 2010):
S is the entry-level model but equipment levels are still generous and it has electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, sliding side doors, 16-inch alloy wheels with 215/60 R16 tyres, self-sealing tyres, front and rear parking sensors, three zone climate control, height and reach adjustable steering, curtain airbags for all three rows, a driver's knee airbag, remote central locking, five individual fold-flat rear seats, retractable luggage cover, CD stereo with AUX input, Bluetooth, trip computer, engine immobiliser, ESP with brake assist, power steering, an electric parking brake, autohold control, stop/start and brake energy recovery.
SE models get chrome side window trims, dark tinted rear windows, chrome roof rails, integrated sun blinds in rear doors, front fog lights, automatic lights and wipers, high beam assist, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, cruise control, 17-inch alloys with 225/50 R17 self-sealing tyres, chrome interior dashboard detailing, USB and AUX-in, a three-spoke leather steering wheel and gear lever plus storage boxes under driver the front passenger seats.
SE Lux is the top version and has powered sliding side doors, a power-operated tailgate, sports style comfort front seats which are 12-way electrically adjustable and heated, black leather upholstery, a panoramic glass sunroof and the SEAT media system which includes sat nav, a 5-inch colour touchscreen, DAB radio, a rearview camera and an SD card slot.Back: Driving Next: Specifications