The Seat Alhambra is not the cheapest car in its class, but it is priced very competitively, especially when you take into account its comprehensive specification. So although the equivalent range-topping Ford S-Max slightly undercuts the Alhambra, the Seat is better value, given its equipment levels.
Even the entry-level S model gets alloys, Bluetooth and the all-essential parking sensors – things the base-spec Sharan doesn’t get. As a result, we'd suggest this base trim represents the best value for money.
Powered sliding rear doors are an option on S and SE trim cars – non-powered doors are not heavy for adults, but young children may struggle to open them if the car’s parked on a downward slope.
Residuals look set to be strong on the more modestly equipped cars, too. With emissions undercutting most rivals, tax and running costs for private and company car buyers will be persuasive. Many Alhambras have Ecomotive badging because they get some fuel-saving tech — primarily automatic stop-start.
Our average test economy of 35.4mpg on the 181bhp 2.0-litre diesel was disappointing in relation to the claimed figure of 47.9mpg, but it’s common for engines of similar type and apparent frugality to return figures in the mid-30s over our test route.
Braking is perfectly adequate, even in the very wet conditions in which our figures were recorded.