Our cars: Seat Alhambra - January 2012

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Seat Alhambra
Seat Alhambra
Seat Alhambra 2.0 TDI CR 170 SE Lux DSG

Week ending January 27
Mileage, 26,641
Driven this week 650 miles

I've discovered a problem with one of the Alhambra's rear side windows that needs some attention.

After lowering the window, it wouldn't close. It would get almost there, but at the last minute slide back down.

On closer inspection, I found the seal around the frame has become twisted and partially torn. Pushing it back into its original place got the window working properly, but I'll need to get the seal replaced as soon as possible.

Seat Alhambra review

Week ending January 20
Mileage, 25,991
Driven this week 1091 miles

I had to transport a small tree from Middlesex to Devon at the weekend, so reckoned the Alhambra’s huge boot would be perfect for the job. It was. The low sill meant I didn’t have to lift the tree up high to get it into the boot and, with the two rearmost seats folded into the floor, there was plenty of space.

Once the Alhambra had finished being a tree transporter, it was tasked with taking five adults all over south Devon. It was a great taxi – spacious, comfortable, quiet, brisk and surprisingly agile – although the passengers were most impressed by the electrically operated sliding side doors and the huge panoramic sunroof.

When it comes to being a multi-purpose vehicle, the Alhambra is a cracker.

Seat Alhambra review

Week ending January 13
Mileage, 24,900
Driven this week 500 miles

The Seat Alhambra is yet again a What Car? Car of the Year category winner, taking the best MPV crown for the second year running.

It was appropriate then that the Alhambra was our carriage for the Awards evening. It never fails to amaze just how useful the Alhambra's sliding doors are.

In the tightest of underground car parks, getting five blokes and their gear out of the car was a doddle. It's all too easy to bash a conventional door against another car or a concrete pillar but our Alhambra is unscathed.

Week ending January 6
Mileage: 24,400
Driven this week: 600

A trip to the heart of Kent provided the perfect opportunity to test the Alhambra in different environments back-to-back.

Almost an hour of slow, built-up motorway traffic was comfortable enough (helped by our version's heated leather seats and DSG gearbox), before fifteen miles of winding A-roads, where the Alhambra felt surprisingly nimble.

The end of my 61-mile journey included some extremely narrow roads over bridges and through hamlets. Although the Alhambra is large, visibility is good, so I wasn't panicked by the thought of losing a wing mirror or curbing an alloy wheel when faced with oncoming traffic.

In all, I think it's an excellent all-rounder.

Dan Alcock

Our cars: Seat Alhambra - December


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