Seat Alhambra Road Test (2014)

Seat Alhambra (Interior View) (2014)

SEAT Alhambra Review

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optional rear side airbags at a cost of £175 – which of course should not be an option but it is good to see...

Safety and Security

The SEAT Alhambra was tested by Euro NCAP in 2010 and was awarded five-stars overall, the maximum rating. It scored 96% for adult occupant, 80% child occupant, 46% pedestrian and 71% safety assist. Which not surprisingly is exactly the same result as the Alhambra’s sibling MPV the Volkswagen Sharan.

Our test car was fitted with the optional rear side airbags at a cost of £175 – which of course should not be an option but it is good to see that the Alhambra can be specified with them – a side curtain bag is standard.


Our test car was fitted with the £1,010 optional SEAT Media System (v3.2) with Rear View Camera which comprises Satellite Navigation with dynamic route guidance, DVD playback, 30GB hard drive, 6.5" colour touch-screen, DAB radio tuner and SD card slot. There is an aux-in and a 240V power outlet at the rear of the central front console.

  • Chrysler Grand Voyager
  • Ford Galaxy
  • Ford S-Max
  • Volkswagen Sharan
What We Liked
  • Accommodation
  • Driving Dynamics
  • Family Friendly
  • Although optional, the integrated rear child seats
  • Well packaged pretty much all you could want from an MPV
What We Disliked
  • Cost of Extras – it soon adds up
  • The cost of the optional £175 rear side airbags – should be standard.

We enjoyed our time with the SEAT Alhambra it is a great family car; the only real competition comes from the Ford Galaxy and S-Max, if you exclude the Sharan. The Alhambra is well appointed and very good to drive – it is all the MPV you could want and comes highly recommended.

26 November 2014 Melanie Carter
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SEAT Alhambra Road Test Data
Model ReviewedSEAT Alhambra SE Lux 2.0 TDI 177PS
Body Type5-door MPV
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph9.3 Seconds
Top Speed 129 mph
Transmission6-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)158 g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban37.7 mpg
Extra Urban54.3 mpg
Combined47.1 mpg
Insurance Group22
Euro NCAP Rating5-stars
Warranty3 Years / 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 26/11/14)£32,420 (excluding the £4,640 extras fitted to the test car)

The information contained within this SEAT Alhambra review may have changed since publication on the 26 November 2014. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local SEAT dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2018