Seat are another car maker of the Volkswagen empire – so it goes without saying their cars are robust and dependable, and everything else you’d expect from a VW brand. The Alhambra is a lovely and spacious estate, accommodating 7 adults and featuring alloy wheels, air conditioning, cruise control, and parking sensors as standard. Why not get yours through one of our Seat Alhambra contract hire options?
The Alhambra gets a smart SEAT family nose which means that it’s a very classy people carrier indeed at a significantly more affordable price.
Take a seat behind the wheel and you find yourself in something that doesn’t feel that far removed from any ordinary family hatchback. It’s certainly large, but the commanding view you get out of the glassy cabin compensates for that, while there are standard reversing sensors to make sure that parking isn’t too much of a bind and an optional Park Assist system that’ll even self-steer the car into tighter spaces. Out on the road, though not as sharp as a Ford Galaxy - the steering for example, could offer a little more feel - the driving experience is impressively car-like, with a supple ride and bodyroll that’s well controlled.
Inside, there’s plenty of versatility in all models thanks to the Easy-Fold seating system. Both rows of rear seats can tumble down beneath the floor with a minimum of fuss. The boot capacity isn’t huge with seven people inside but there’s as much as 1,167-litres with five occupants and up to 2,297-litres when you travel two-up, a figure that can be extended still further by folding the front passenger seat flat, allowing nearly three metres of load length. One nice practical touch is the way that you can programme the tailgate opening height in order to avoid scrapes on low garage ceilings.
Wherever you’re seated in this car, head, shoulder and legroom are ample but of course, the most comfortable perch is to be had behind the wheel, where ample adjustability for both seat and steering wheel means that it’s easy to find the ideal driving position. The cabin won’t win any awards for design flair, but everything feels smart and built to last, well able to withstand the potential rigours of family life.
As a full-size MPV with a king-size carrying potential, SEAT’s Alhambra might not be quite of the sporty, stylish persuasion you’d normally expect to associate with this Spanish marque but it has plenty of other virtues. Now that there’s proper adult space for seven and seats that fold easily into the floor, it can compete on equal terms with the direct rivals it easily undercuts, both on price and specification.
It’s lighter, faster and better-built, plus its hi-tech engines cost less to run than ever before. All attributes that families shopping in this sector will find hard to ignore from a car offering this kind of value proposition. People carriers have come on a long way since the last time you tried one. And if you want proof of that, you’ll find it right here.