SEAT Alhambra Review 2014 – Car, Van, Taxi or limo?
Is There Anything This Can’t Do – It Even Handles Well On The Limit.
For – Clever design, generous equipment, highly practical.
Against – You’ll end up taking your kids and their friends everywhere.
To say that the SEAT Alhambra is a people mover doesn’t do it justice. This is truly a multi-tasker. The Alhambra has two rear rows of seats which fall easily forward to make a completely flat floor and 2,297 litres of space, which is accessed via an electric tailgate, so convenient when loading supermarket shopping or luggage. It also closes electrically. The rear seats are totally flexible with 32 layout configurations. The front passenger seat back can be folded forward to make a table.
Even in the entry level ‘S’ trim the Alhambra is well equipped with 16” alloy wheels; start/stop; energy recovery system; height adjustable front seats with lumbar support; leather-trimmed, multi-function steering wheel; three-zone climate control; electric mirrors; electric front and rear windows; front and rear parking sensors; electric handbrake; hill hold; two 12v sockets and radio/CD/MP3/AUX-IN/Bluetooth with eight speakers.
Equipment is progressively added through SE, I Tech and the range-topping SE Lux seems to have everything. It includes 17” alloy wheels; automatic lights and wipers, roof rails; cruise control; DAB radio with SD slot; satellite navigation; rear view camera; front fog lights with cornering function; electric side doors and tailgate; storage compartment under the front seats, in the rear floor and on the dashboard; integrated rear door sun blinds; folding tables on the front seats; electrically adjustable front seats; headlight washers; panoramic electric sunroof and leather upholstery.
The Alhambra has a 5 star NCAP rating and even the entry level models offer seven airbags including driver’s knee bag; electronic stability control with emergency brake assist; tyre pressure monitoring system and tiredness detection system.
Considering the Alhambra is the size and shape of a Ford Transit, it drives remarkably well, shrinking around you and feeling more like a Golf or Leon.
The 380Nm of torque can really be felt and the DSG auto box effortlessly disguises any turbo lag. The performance on the road belies the figures, feeling much quicker and illegal speeds are rapidly reached. Considering its box-like shape you would think it would have the aerodynamics of a breeze block with lots of noise but the reverse is the case; it’s very quiet indeed and speech in the third row of seats can easily be heard in the front, even at motorway speeds.
This is a powerful, heavy car yet it is relatively easy to average 45mpg although spirited use of the car’s excellent performance will drop that to below 40.
|SEAT Alhambra 2.0 TDI SE Lux 177 DSG|
|Engine:||2.0 litre direct injection petrol|
|Power:||177 PS @ 4,200|
|Torque:||380 Nm @ 1 ,750|
|Acceleration:||0-62 mph -100 km/h – 9.6 seconds|
|Top Speed:||127 mph -203 km/h|
|Fuel Consumption:||Combined claim 47.9|
|Emissions class:||Euro V|
|Service Intervals:||40,000 miles or 2 years|
|Warranty:||3 years / 60,000 miles|
|Boot capacity:||267 – 2,297 litres|
|Competition:||Ford Galaxy and S Max, Volkswagen Sharan|
|For:||Clever design, beautifully executed, generous equipment and highly practical|
|Against:||You’ll end up taking kids, friends everywhere|
For publication in WintonsWorld