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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 26 - 47 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

In terms of value for money, the Alhambra is a good choice, especially when compared with the Volkswagen Sharan. Most models are also cheap to run, especially the diesels, but be aware that from 2005 the 1.9 TDI is only available with an automatic gearbox and as a result it's not as frugal as you'd imagine while CO2 emissions are high. SEAT servicing is good value though and with a minor service required at 10,000 miles and a major one at 20,000 miles, you won't need too many costly trips to your dealer.

Insurance is group 12 for all models expect the 2.0-litre petrol which is group 11

The Alhambra performs moderately on the eco front - helped by the fact that the 1.8-litre T and 2.8-litre V6 engines are no longer available. The Ecomotive models is a dedicated low-emissions version which uses changes - such as low friction tyres and lowered suspension to create less drag - to cut emissions to 159g/km of CO2 (compared to 175g/km in the standard 2.0 TDI).

It averages 47mpg.

There should be few reliability issues with the Alhambra thanks to Volkswagen engineering and good build quality. However, owners of the near identical Volkswagen Sharan have reported recurring problems with electrics (in particular windows) and air conditioning units. The Alhambra seems to have fared slightly better but we've still heard from owners with similar problems.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £205 - £565
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Insurance group 20 - 34
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