SEAT Alhambra (2010-2020) review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
Efficient engines and good value pricing means the Alhambra’s sums add up
It's cheaper than the VW Sharan, but that doesn’t mean the Alhambra is the cheapest MPV out there. Rivals can cost less, but none can quite match the Alhambra's practicality or economy. The most recent range shake-up saw the most basic models dropped and a simple three-model range offered. That means the entry-level SEAT Alhambra SE starts at around £30,000 for the petrol model, although it does come with a lot of standard kit. The diesel is around £1,900 extra, while adding the DSG gearbox adds another £1,400 (although the DSG isn't available with the petrol engine).
SE L trim is around £3,000 more than SE, while the Xcellence is about £600 more than that. If you want the most powerful diesel, then you can only get it in Xcellence spec with the auto gearbox, so it's around £38,500, making it the most expensive Alhambra in the range.
Fuel economy isn't that impressive because the Alhambra is an ageing design that isn't going to be optimised for the current WLTP test regime. The best economy figure for the 1.4 TSI petrol is up to 35.3mpg, while the least powerful 2.0 TDI manual has a best quoted figure of 44.1mpg. This drops to 41.5mpg for the DSG model, while the more powerful 2.0 TDI 177PS with DSG manages up to 40.4mpg.
Insuring an Alhambra won’t cost too much as the 148bhp petrol and diesel models are both insurance group 19, while the most powerful 182bhp diesel is group 22. Ford Galaxy insurance ranges from group 16 to 26.
The SEAT Alhambra is unexceptional when it comes to retained values, reflecting the falling desirability of MPVs in the face of SUV competition. Predictions suggest you’ll be lucky to keep much more than a third of the new price if you resell at three years/60,000 miles, but the more powerful and better-equipped diesels seem to be most highly valued in the used market.
In this review
- 1SEAT Alhambra reviewThe seven-seat SEAT Alhambra offers strong value, sliding doors and lots of space
- 2Engines, performance and driveAn agile, fun to drive chassis that belies its size makes the Alhambra feel surprisingly car-like
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingEfficient engines and good value pricing means the Alhambra’s sums add up
- 4Interior, design and technologyIt won't win any beauty prizes, but the Alhambra ‘does what it says on the tin’
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceClass-leading practicality and acres of space make the Alhambra a family favourite
- 6Reliability and SafetySEAT’s reliability reputation could be better, but there are no concerns over the Alhambra’s safety