Seat Alhambra

The Essentials

  • Price from £23,535
  • What Car? says: 5 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 50.4mpg
  • What is it? The Seat Alhambra is a huge MPV that's a practical and comfortable way to transport up to seven people
  • Your Reviews

    "Not quite big enough for 2 adults, 2 teens, 2 preteens and 2 dogs."

    3

    21-Feb-2017

    We bought an Alhambra to replace our dearly beloved Toyota Previa and have been driving it for 6 months now.
    We wanted a petrol automatic, but they have stopped producing them so ended up with a diesel engine. I still don't like it very much, but we do a lot of town driving so an automatic is essential.
    It drives nicely and we have parking sensors at the front and back as well as a backing camera so parking is easy enough. It has sliding doors, which I love but they are automatic which have proved surprisingly useful. They are quite slow though, and you can't close them quickly.
    I also love the heated seats and like the easy folding on the third and second row of seats.The boot is an okay size with all seats up, but we haven't managed to fit all of us in the car with our two large dogs. We will have to at some point, and it's going to be a squeeze.
    Visibility is good and we have an integral child's seat which is useful.
    We have done a three week road trip in it and with a roofbox we had enough space for all our luggage but it doesn't seem as roomy as the Previa.
    The one thing I hate about the Alhmabra is that it doesn't have a spare tyre. It has contiseal tyres which are supposed to reduce air loss, the idea being that if you damage a tyre then you can slowly drive to a tyre shop.
    This is what we did, but Kwik Fit didn't have the right size so they pumped the tyre up and sent my husband home.The next morning the tyre was as flat as a pancake and we had to arrange a flatbed truck to transport the car to Kwik Fit when the tyre came in.
    This was a huge inconvenience as we were without a car over the weekend, so the Alhambra is probably not a great choice if it's your only car.

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    "A bit of a squash and a squeeze for our family."

    4

    07-Jul-2016

    We bought an Alhambra to replace our elderly Toyota Previa.
    The Alhambra is actually longer and wider ( but not taller) than the Previa but seems smaller so far. We have 4 kids so took one of the seats out of our old car to make space for the dogs, but this is not possible in this car. The seats do fold into the floor quite easily but I do have to set up the car each time I have a new mix of people/dogs to drive around, which takes time.
    Good points are the backing camera and sliding doors. The kids like that the doors are electric but there is arguing over who pushed the button last time!
    I also like the parking beeper that tells me if I'm too close at the front as well.
    It is really comfortable to drive although there seems to be a delay on acceleration.
    I like that the lights turn on automatically, and there are heated seats which will be lovely in winter. And I really like the little chart that tells me who has put their seat belts onsmile
    I'm not sure about the diesel engine. We actually wanted petrol but they don't make petrol automatics anymore and we REALLY wanted an automatic. I don't like the stop start function but you can turn it off.
    All in all this is a good car for our family as the back seats are still big enough for our adult sized teens. We haven't had 6 people and 2 dogs in it yet, but we are not going to need to do that too often I hope, as it will require some planning!
    We are taking it on holiday with us to Ireland for the summer so it'll be interesting to see how it copes with a road trip.

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    "Perfect family car"

    5

    14-Jan-2015

    The 5 + 2 configuration is so easy, rear seats pull up easily and fit right up to small adults. Boot is huge when rear seats are folded away, my 2 dogs live in luxury. My kids (plus all visiting kids) love the push button doors and on a windy day or a tight space they are a godsend. Feels reasonably "lux" inside and very nice to drive. It might not win speed races or snowy day races but for about town driving with a lot of kids, dogs and kit, you can't beat it.

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    "Fantastic Family car for 5"

    5

    04-Apr-2013

    I spent ages looking for a car that would comfortably fit 5 with three car seats. I loved my multimac but it was time to move on!
    This is big and the boot is huge - or when we have friends or the MIL the extra seats in the boot are great; large enough for adults with reasonable leg room.
    The mpg is the second reason I bought - we have had a 52mpg average on a long run compared to other mpvs that boast 37 as top.
    The third reason was the sliding doors! The children can get out easily in tight spaces without clonking other cars and I can get to them to clip in their car seats with out being a contortionist.
    As for driving, I m no petrol head, but I love it. It's smooth, quiet and has enough grunt to feel comfortable on the motorway.
    Can't say how happy I am with this purchase !.

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    3 people found this review helpful.