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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Soft-touch plastics, blue backlit dials and attractive seat fabrics help contribute to a pleasing driving environment. It’s not especially modern or stylish, but does feel well built and robust. The climate control and stereo are both simple to use plus there’s lots of seat adjustment. Plenty of movement in the steering wheel (for reach and height) mean that finding a car-like driving position is straightforward.

While many people carriers can say they have seven seats, few can actually carry seven adults in decent comfort. But the Alhambra bucks this trend and even six-footers will find the third row of seats reasonable for both head and legroom, so moderately lengthy journeys with seven on board aren’t out of the question. The individual chairs are comfortable with good padding while the large side windows means it feels light and airy inside.

Optional revolving front seats are available which are useful if you’re out on day trips and need a makeshift picnic area – the backs house fold-our aircraft-style tables too. The ride is pretty good too, although over rough or potholed roads, it can fidget somewhat.