Seat adds new diesel engines to the Alhambra and Ibiza range
19 November 2005

Seat’s Alhambra MPV has received a selection of mid-life tweaks, most important of which is the arrival of a new Euro4-compliant 138bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine.

The new unit replaces the 128bhp 1.9, and joins 114bhp 2.0-litre petrol and 1.9-litre diesel units in the range. The new flagship Alhambra will hit 62mph from rest in 12.2sec on its way to a 119mph maximum, while returning a claimed 41.5mpg.

Visual tweaks include revised badging and new colours, while inside there are standard curtain airbags and more secure locking mechanisms for the rear seats. ESP is now standard on manual versions, while prices remain unchanged across the range.

The Alhambra’s supermini sibling Ibiza also gets a new diesel engine, with a 79bhp Euro 4 version of the VW Group’s three-cylinder 1.4-litre turbodiesel replacing the Euro 3 74bhp version.

The 0-62mph dash is cut by a second to 12.9sec, while top speed is up 2mph to 109mph and fuel consumption is unchanged at a claimed 61.4mpg.

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