The Seat Alhambra is a versatile and practical seven-seat MPV. It offers superb space inside, a strong range of engines and is generously equipped, and thanks to our latest Deal of the Day, it can also be had with a saving of over £4400 on the list price.
Even with seven people on board and a full compliment of luggage, none of the Alhambra's engines make it feel underpowered, but there's no doubt that the diesel contingent - including the 2.0-litre unit recommended here - are the stronger choices.
While no MPV can claim to be outright fun to drive, the Alhambra does at least perform well when it comes to handling. It's also comfortable on standard suspension, although sharp-edged potholes can catch it out.
Inside, the Alhambra gives drivers a commanding view of the road ahead and a comfortable driving position. It has a huge interior, with a large boot and plenty of space for seven people. Everyone gets a good view out, too, thanks to the large windows.
The Alhambra also scores a full five stars in Euro NCAP's safety tests, making it one of the safest cars on sale today.
While we recommend a diesel engine in the Alhambra because of its stronger performance, it's actually the petrol options which are more refined. The Alhambra's diesel engines sound gruff by comparison, and send back vibrations through the steering wheel and pedals.
If you're going to regularly use the Alhambra's two rearmost seats, then know that folding them up and down is a little fiddly. Opening and closing the manual sliding doors also requires some muscle.
Should I add any options?
No, as FR trim gives you plenty of luxury already.
What are its rivals like?
Key rivals for the Seat Alhambra include the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer and Citroën Grand C4 Picasso. The Zafira Tourer is relatively well received in this market, but it's the large Citroën which provides real competition for the Alhambra here. The Grand C4 Picasso is seriously practical and offers great value for money, but does come with a frustrating infotainment system and is unsettled at lower speeds.
A facelifted version of the Grand C4 Picasso will go on sale in September, which you can read about here.
The car: Seat Alhambra 2.0 Ti CR FR Line
The saving: £4459
The discounted price: £30,361
The broker: drivethedeal.com
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