SEAT Alhambra (2000-2010) review
With an added twist of Seat spice the Alhambra offers the same space and functionality of close relatives, the VW Sharan and Ford Galaxy, but at a friendlier price.
With an added twist of Seat spice the Alhambra offers the same space and functionality of close relatives, the VW Sharan and Ford Galaxy, but at a friendlier price. If you're in the market for a large MPV, the Seat Alhambra can't be ignored. The range includes a range-topping 2.8 litre V6 engine producing 204bhp, or a 2.0 litre with 115 bhp. Diesel buyers can choose from either a 105bhp 1.9-litre or a 140bhp 2.0-litre. The latter would be our choice, if we could stretch to the extra it costs over the still-impressive 1.9-litre.
Exterior detailing sports the family central 'nostril' grille seen on other Seat models, which works well with the steeply raked frontal styling. Widely-spaced 'Alhambra' badging on the rear tailgate now matches other Seat models, too. Various trims are available, again reflecting the rest of the Seat family, and all offer better value than the respective Ford or Volkswagen. ESP and curtain airbags are now standard on all. Seat's trademark red instrument illumination seems particularly vivid here, though. Unlike many MPVs, the Alhambra is a competent driver's machine providing a surprisingly sharp responses from the lofty driving position, and with the 140bhp TDI version you have practicality with punch. Indeed, it's good enough to make the 2.8-litre V6 range-topper seem pointless. Be quick though; along with the Ford and Volkswagen, Alhambra production seems likely to cease in 2006.