Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

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

Petrol engines 5.0 - 5.4 mpp
Diesel engines 5.7 - 6.5 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 33.2 - 36.2 mpg
Diesel engines 38.7 - 44.1 mpg

The diesels come with low CO2 emissions, with the 140bhp choice emitting just 146g/km and achieving a reasonable 51.3mpg, while the petrol returns a reasonable 39.2g/km and emissions of 167g/km. The entry-level 2.0-litre diesel two-wheel drive model is a flexible and smooth engine that's capable of averaging more than 50mpg, ideal for long distance drivers.

If you intend to carry lots of people or equipment then it's worth opting for the more powerful 140bhp or 170bhp version.

On the environmental front SEAT has improved the car with the entry level diesel engine dropping from 159g/km down to 146g/km. The introduction of stop/start on all models has also helped improve the both emissions and fuel economy.

Thanks to the sharing of Volkswagen Group parts, the Alhambra should prove sturdy and robust. The engines are also shared around the group and have so far proved reliable too.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £130 - £275
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 13 - 25
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