In term of its engines, a 2.0-litre TDI diesel comes with either 148 or 181bhp. As expected, the former doesn’t cost as much to buy and is cheaper to run. The latter, on the other hand, is stronger and better able to cope with the Alhambra on a full load. Neither feels sluggish, though.
Petrol choices? There is only one to choose, a 1.4-litre TSI that’s available with the S and SE trims. It’s a fantastic engine that never feels overwhelmed, no matter where you are or how many people are onboard.
However, while that kind of willingness makes it an attractive proposition, it can only return 43.5mpg economy at best. Low-mileage drivers won’t be complaining too much, but everyone else will be more at home with the diesels. The 148bhp variant returns as much as 56.6mpg, while the 181bhp is good for 53.3mpg.
Inside, the SEAT Alhambra is exactly what you probably expect it to be: Spacious and comfortable. It’s also got a bit of a taste for the upmarket side of things, and despite its firm suspension, ride quality is good.
The dashboard is typically straightforward for a people carrier, and we love the large buttons and big, easy-to-see dials. The quality of the plastics is good, and all models get the brands Media System Plus infotainment system.
Overall, the SEAT Alhambra is one of the most useful cars on the road. Its flexible seating layout is complimented by sliding side doors, there are seven seats, plenty of storage areas, and handy touches, such as the sun blinds on the rear doors.
The boot, meanwhile, measures 267-litres with all seven seats in place. Fold the third row of seats, and the Alhambra has a luggage capacity of 658-litres. With a low load lip, a flat floor and a wide opening, it’s super usable.
Renault – £23,445 – £32,605
SEAT – £25,435 – £35,960