5dr MPV (1.4 TSI, / 2.0 TDI)
SEAT’s Alhambra, the name adopted from that acclimated for a Spanish palace, is a large, 7-seater Galaxy-sized MPV that has value, technology, acumen and arduous ability on its side. If you’re browsing in this area for a abounding 7-seat MPV from the 2010-20120 aeon and this car isn’t your arcade list, again it should be.
We’re so acclimated these canicule to seeing SEAT as a ‘sporty’ cast that it’s accessible to balloon the Spanish marque’s added amount attribute: amount for money. Attempting to amalgamate both things isn’t accessible and it may accept prevented the aggregation from acceptable the affectionate of Iberian Alfa Romeo that its German owners appetite it to be. But abounding ancestors buyers loyal to the cast won’t affliction if it agency that the Spaniards can abide to accompany us Volkswagen designs at added affordable prices. Cars like this one – the Alhambra 7-seater MPV.
With its added superminis, ancestors hatches and saloons, SEAT has clothed the Golf or Polo mechanicals adopted from its ancestor aggregation in designs that are absolutely altered from those in the Volkswagen line-up. In abounding cases, the active acquaintance is acicular too. There’s little of that here. The Alhambra got a acute SEAT ancestors adenoids but otherwise, it was a Volkswagen Sharan through and through, which meant that it was a actual chic bodies carrier indeed. At a decidedly added affordable price.
The aboriginal bearing ‘Typ 7M’ adaptation of this archetypal awash amid 1996 and 2010 but these will be a bit ropey now. Better to amplitude to the additional bearing adaptation we attending at here, the ‘Typ 7N’ adaptation that awash amid 2010-2020. It was agilely facelifted in 2014, again assuredly deleted from the ambit and not replaced in 2020.
What You Get
At its barrage in 2010, the MK2 Alhambra was the better car that the Spanish cast had made, barometer over 4.8-metres ascetic to stern, so you won’t be afraid to apprehend that admeasurement is not in abbreviate accumulation back it comes to berth space.
Inside, there’s affluence of versatility in all models acknowledgment to the Easy-Fold basement system. You bare a MENSA IQ and the backbone of a Ukrainian attempt doodle to maximise the baggage accommodation of the MK1 Alhambra, as the seats bare to be folded, unclipped from their mounts and aerial out. With this MK2 version, both rows of rear seats can tumble bottomward below the attic with a minimum of fuss. The cossack accommodation isn’t huge with seven bodies axial but there’s as abundant as 1,167-litres with bristles occupants and up to 2,297-litres back you biking two-up, a amount that can be continued still added by folding the advanced commuter bench flat, acceptance about three metres of amount length.
If you’re accustomed bodies rather than packages, access is by sliding doors (so your kids won’t re-sculpture the bodywork of adjoining cars any added as they bandy themselves out into the bazaar carpark); some aboriginal buyers defined these in electrically-sliding form. Access to the third row is additionally fabricated easier by the Accessible Access action through which the alien seats in the additional row angle and accelerate advanced in a distinct motion. Once in these aback chairs, kids will be captivated to acquisition that they sit a little college than those ahead, while their parents will ascertain that this is one of those abnormal things: a 7-seater that seven fully-sized adults can absolutely fit into.
Wherever you’re built-in in this car, head, accept and legroom are abounding but of course, the best adequate branch is to be had abaft the wheel, area abounding adaptability for both bench and council caster agency that it’s accessible to acquisition the ideal active position. The berth won’t win any awards for architecture flair, but aggregate feels acute and congenital to last, able-bodied able to bear the abeyant rigours of ancestors life.
What To Attending For
The best accepted problems with the MK2 Alhambra chronicle to assorted electrical issues (central locking malfunctions, sat nav glitches, rear lamp failures etc). And air conditioning problems (the cooling is accepted for not alarming out absolutely algid air on lower settings); analysis these things on your analysis drive. Make abiding all the seats bend and accelerate as they should, as able-bodied as the rear doors, decidedly if they’re of the electrically sliding sort. Ensure that the electrical tailgate works, too. Some beforehand cars had issues with the DSG automated gearbox, so ask to attending at the paperwork to see if any assignment has been agitated out on this manual and analysis that it operates well. Otherwise, aloof attending out for kerbed admixture wheels, analysis for signs of autogenous adolescent accident and of advance assert on a absolutely stamped-up account history.
On The Road
Take a bench abaft the caster and you acquisition yourself in article that doesn’t feel that far removed from any accustomed ancestors hatchback. It feels acquisitive too, alike back adapted with an allegedly black 1.4-litre TSI entry-level petrol unit. Both turbo and supercharging accomplish 150PS, which is absolutely abundant to annoyance 1.75-tonnes forth at absolutely a lick, admitting common use of the bland 6-speed gearbox is appropriate to advance accelerated progress.
More relaxed, predictably, is the 2.0 TDI 140PS or 150PS agent that best barter will choose, relaxed, aesthetic and with affluence in assets for abbreviate apprehension overtaking. Pulling ability actuality is impressive, abundant to access this car’s towing absolute from the 1,800kg amount you get with the 1.4-litre petrol alternative to 2,200kg. Its claim are absolutely abundant to ensure that the added able advantage – a 170PS 2.0 TDI agent – will abide of boyhood interest. As accepted with avant-garde SEAT products, the able twin-clutch DSG semi-automatic 7-speed gearbox is accessible as an option.
As a full-size MPV with a king-size accustomed potential, SEAT’s MK2 Alhambra ability not be absolutely of the sporty, beautiful alignment you’d commonly apprehend to accessory with this Spanish marque but it has affluence of added virtues. There’s able developed amplitude for seven and seats that bend calmly into the floor, additional it can attempt on according agreement with the absolute abounding MPV rivals from this aeon it undercuts, both on amount and specification. Bodies carriers accept appear on a continued way back the aftermost time you approved one. And if you appetite affidavit of that, you’ll acquisition it appropriate here.