Size is important, but what's really impressive about the Seat Alhambra is how it uses that space.
There's room for seven adults, and the sliding rear doors make it simple to get people in and out in tight spaces. All of the rear seats fold flat into the floor when they're not needed, and boot space is huge with the rear two folded away. It's still pretty good with every seat in place, too.
There's also excellent all-round visibility that helps to make the car surprisingly easy to manoeuvre and park.
Just as surprising is how good the Alhambra is to drive, with well-weighted steering, fine handling and a supple ride over most roads. The 2.0-litre diesel engine performs remarkably well, too, averaging 50.4mpg in Government tests, while the five-star crash test rating gives plenty of peace of mind for driver and passengers.
You don't need to look further than Ecomotive S trim, which comes with climate control, alloy wheels and, most important of all, both front and rear parking sensors.