Used SEAT Alhambra Review (2010-2020) MK2

Independent review by Bruce Booth from Driving Force

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SEAT Alhambra (2010-2020)

One of the most spacious MPVs on the market, the SEAT Alhambra provides a comfortable ride for the whole family

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  • Impressive interior space
  • Comfortable ride
  • Well-equipped
  • High spec versions are expensive
  • Rivals have sharper looks
  • Body leans in corners
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What's the SEAT Alhambra like?

If you're looking for a large car with nothing less than seven seats, then SEAT’s Alhambra should be high up your wish list.

For when it comes to the numbers game, few people carriers can offer the comfort and functionality that this large Spanish MPV does.

For this is one 7-seater that can actually accommodate seven adults with relative ease, unlike many of its rivals, where the back seats are so tiny that even small children feel cramped.


Onboard, there are plenty of goodies and creature comforts, including a 5-inch colour touchscreen sat nav system, cruise control, rearview camera, CD sound system with MP3 compatibility, auto rain-sensing wipers and start/stop system.

Getting in and out is a doddle, thanks to the Alhambra’s push-button operated sliding rear doors, and the large electrically operated tailgate makes life easy when loading heavier items.

Driving Experience and Practicality

Out on the road, the Alhambra offers a smooth and relaxed ride while its road-holding ability is also pretty impressive.
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In busy city traffic, the large windows offer great visibility and the car’s on-board parking sensors take a bit of the strain away when reversing and parking.

The individual seats inside the Alhambra are all full-sized, and thanks to the car’s 3-zone climate control, those in the back can even set the temperature to suit themselves.

Add to this a fast, no fuss system for folding the seats, and you really do have a functional and highly-practical people mover.

In 5-seat mode, you’ll find a pretty impressive 1,167 litres of space available. Fold all the seats flat and there’s 2,297 litres when filled to the roof.


A version to look out for is one fitted with a 2.0-litre diesel engine, the Volkswagen group’s tried-and-tested workhorse. In 168bhp mode it gives the big MPV a top speed of 127mph with fuel economy figures for the combined cycle set at 47.9mpg.

However, there's also a 115bhp version of the same powertrain, which, although not as feisty, should still be adequate enough for most needs.

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The SEAT Alhambra is a family-friendly MPV with an impressive amount of space and comfortability, making a great people mover for adventurous getaways. And it's not just practicality that stands out in the Alhambra; a range of hi-tech features make the driving experience relaxing and enjoyable, no matter the occasion.