We’ve had so much fun this week testing the brand new 7 seater SEAT Alhambra. The Alhambra 2.0 TDI is the sort of size car I would automatically assume I would struggle driving, and find almost impossible to manoeuvre, but boy, how wrong was I!
As a nervous driver, I felt very comfortable driving the Alhambra on my own, even during rush hour. The model we tested was an automatic, and I have to say, even though I’m a manual girl normally, there’s a lot to be said about an automatic, especially with a family in tow, it just makes driving so much more simple, and London traffic suddenly seems a mere breeze!
The external appearance of the Alhambra is deceptively compact compared to the spacious interior – with two rows of back seats, with each individual seat benefitting from isofix capability. The car has a slick looking infotainment system, with all the bells and whistles we’ve come to expect from a new car, front and rear parking sensors, emergency break assist, etc, and what’s more there’s a nifty pair of power rear sliding doors, making it super easy to get in and out with little ones. There’s air con throughout with the ability to control the temperature in each section of the car. With lots of hand nooks and crannies to stash bottles, bags and whatever else you might find you need on a family trip, the Alhambra is the ideal option for a family of 5 or larger.
We used the isofix Cosatto Hubbub anti-escape seat for the rear set of seats for 18 month old Maisie, and the 5-point harness Cosatto Zoomi with quick release button for the middle row, for 3 year old George. Both seats are suitable for children weighing 9 – 36kg, so in theory from as little as a few months old to 12 years of age, so a fabulous long term investment.
We nicknamed the 7 Seater Alhambra, the ‘Fun Bus’, a name the kids certainly embraced. They loved exploring the back and middle seats before the car seats went in. To conclude, the interior of the SEAT provides amicable and comfortable room for the entire family – and is one of my favourite family cars so far…