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SEAT Alhambra (2010 - )

Last updated 8 October 2016


What's good

Sliding side doors as standard.

Very spacious with a good quality interior.

Frugal and low CO2 TDI engines.

Sister car to the new Volkswagen Sharan but better value.

5-Star Euro NCAP rating: 96% Adult Protection; 80% Child Protection; 46% Pedestrian Protection; 71% Safety Assist. (96% is an excellent score in the most important category.)

What to watch out for

Potential problems with 1.4 TSI petrol engine.

RHD Alhambra leaves a triangular smear patch on the windscreen where the LH and RH wipers don't meet.

16-7-2012: Diesel DPFs require Adblue and some dealers charge an unreasonable amount for this. Can be obtained from around 25% of fuel service stations much more cheaply.

8-9-2012: Engine of 33k mile 2010 (less than 3 years old) Sharan 2.0 TDI (same as Alhambra) became noisy. Swarf found in engine oil. Engine replaced under warranty.

28-12-2013: Complaint that Alhambra 2.0 TDI 140 ran out of Adblue on a long journey and that instructions for replenishing it were far from clear.

22-10-2014: Dual Mass Flywheel of 2010/60 reg SEAT Alhambra 2.0 TDI failed at 35k miles. SEAT dealer blamed Tunit ECU reprogramming for having increased the torque that the DMF had to absorb.

8-10-2016: Complaint of water ingress to December 2012 SEAT Alhambra fitted with a sunroof. Turned out that the sunroof drain pipes has become blocked with debris from a tree that the car had been parked under. Warning here is that if you regularly park an Alhambra with a sunroof under a tree you need to regularly get the sunroof drain pipes cleared with an airline.


7-5-2012: SEAT Alhambra. Seems to be a TSB over the electrics of the Alhambra's Sharan sister, a fault in which is holding up the production of looms for towbars.

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Owners' Reviews


Very practical and feels solid but the 2.0TDi engine is noisy

On 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

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