SEAT Alhambra vs Ford S-MAX
Work, leisure, family, chores... today’s people carriers must fulfil all briefs. Is the new SEAT Alhambra a better multi-tasker than our current favourite, the Ford S-MAX?
If a large people carrier is the only car capable of meeting your motoring needs, then the good news is that both the MPVs in this test have appeal which extends beyond mere practicality. The S-MAX is impressively refined with a sporty styling edge and Ford’s typical handling engagement. But while middle-row comfort is on a par with the SEAT’s, the Alhambra offers more third-row space and a bigger boot. Cabin quality is first-rate, and safe handling plus a decent ride mean it’s relaxing to drive, too. Picking a winner depends on what you require from your MPV, though. We’re looking for the ultimate people carrier, which puts the larger and more practical Alhambra in pole position. If you carry seven only occasionally, the S-MAX’s limited third row will be less of an issue, so the cheaper Ford then makes more sense. But in this test, the SEAT’s space beats the Ford’s pace.
In this review
- 1Introduction - currently readingWork, leisure, family, chores... today’s people carriers must fulfil all briefs. Is the new SEAT Alhambra a better multi-tasker than our current favourite, the Ford S-MAX?
- 21st SEAT Alhambra 2.0 TDI 140 SEDoes the new-generation Spanish MPV offer enough to climb to the top of the class?
- 32nd Ford S-MAX 2.0 TDCi 163 TitaniumOur current number one remains a great car to drive
- 4Facts and figures