THE new Seat Alhambra rolls into UK showrooms this week – the first large Seat MPV for 15 years.
The all-new model joins the new Volkswagen Sharan as VAG’s first new MPV since 1995.
Inside boasts enough room for 7 passengers while 5 seats have the ability to ‘fold-flat’. The second and third-row seats pivot into the car’s floor at the simple tug of a lever.
Engine choices for the Alhambra range from two versions of the familiar 2.0-litre disel – 140 PS or 170 PS – or a 150PS 1.4-litre TSI turbocharged petrol unit.
Depending on trim level, all three are offered with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed DSG gearbox, while Ecomotive technologies also feature with Stop/Start and Brake Energy Recovery.
All Alhambras will be badged Ecomotive while the 2.0 TDI CR 140 PS manual will be labeled E Ecomotive thanks to its low CO2 emissions.
S, SE and SE Lux models are on offer, with 3-zone climate control, parking sensors front and rear, sliding rear doors, electronic handbrake, Bluetooth hands-free phone connection, 16″ alloys, Stop/Start and Brake Energy Recovery are available across the range. Prices for the new Seat Alhambra start at £22,330.
Seat UK’s Product Manager, James Buckell, said: ‘I’m extremely proud of the new Alhambra as I believe it shows that family-sized seven seaters can be both good to look at and great to drive.
‘The technology that has gone into this new car, from the great range of engines to luxury features such as Park Assist, underline, too, how keen we are to put every ounce of value that we can into our new MPV.’
by JAMES BATCHELOR
Be sure to read our Volkswagen Sharan review in the next issue of Car Dealer