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SEAT Alhambra 1.9 TDI New NCT 2006 Seat Alhambra 1.9TDi 6 Speed, just NCT passed and serviced with new brakes, etc. Lovely driver with both keys. Just been fully valeted inside and out. Great spacious and reliable 7 seater with good fuel economy. Comes with three months engine and gearbox warranty at full asking price. 06 (2006) Features: - Adjustable seats - Adjustable steering column/wheel - Air Conditioning - Armrest - CD player - Dual Climate Control - Electric Windows - Extra seats - Height adjustable drivers seat - Mirrors electric and heated - Onboard Computer - Outside temperature meter - Power Steering - Radio/CD/MP3 - Rear armrest - Rear Electric Windows - Rear headrests - Seatback tables - Split Fold Rear Seats - Towbar - Towbar Preparation - Traction control - Windows front + rear electric - Car History Checked - Extended Warranty - 3x3point rear seat belts - ABS - Alarm - Centralised locking - Child Locks - Curtain Airbags - Driver Airbag - ESP - Foglights - Front Fog Lights - Heated Mirrors - Immobilizer - Multiple Airbags - Passenger Airbag - Remote Central Locking - Remote controlled alarm - Side Airbag - Side Impact Protection - Traction Control - Body Coloured Bumpers - Cloth seat trim - Metallic Paint - Rear wiper - Roof rails - Steel wheels Last updated: 06/01/2018
Punchy on the go
Can carry seven
3 NCAP Stars
Not bad value
R is well specified
Looks good, engine torque, comfortable, robust.
Slow base model
Not a hot hatch
Not clever about it
S is dripping
Not that cheap, feels old, resale, heavy seats.
The Alhambra was launched in 1996 and facelifted in 2000, and will soon be replaced by a derivative of the Altea XL. It’s still a good-looking and well-proportioned machine. The chunky rear lights and aggressive snout work well and it’s actually better looking than the VW Sharan on which it’s based.
Considering its size, the Alhambra is pretty zippy. The diesels’ 0-100 km/h times aren’t mind blowing: 17.2 seconds (90bhp), 13.7 (115) and 11.9 (150bhp), but all (except the base model) feel perky on the move. The 1.8T is surprisingly lively too (10.9 seconds), cruising and overtaking with ease.
The Alhambra is mechanically identical to the fine-handling Galaxy but unlike the Sharan, the suspension wasn’t altered to give it a better ride. It’s got a sporty, yet unobtrusive, ride and handles well as long as you don’t go chasing hot hatches in it.
Like its siblings, the Alhambra really looks its age once you swing open the door. There’s lots of old-fashioned and rather fiddly switchgear, and while the driving position is sound the heavy rear seats have to be removed to generate space for awkward loads.
Because it’s been around so long, there are few faults left in the Alhambra. The plastics are old, the switchgear is old and the design is old. The ride quality and cruising refinement still impress, but that’s not enough reason to buy one.
The VW Sharan, the Alhambra’s sister vehicle, achieved a 3-Star NCAP score and has headrests and 3-point seatbelts on all seats, plus ISOFIX child seat mounts. ESP isn’t available, though, even as an option. The new Altea XL should be a safer bet.
New MPVs make more efficient use of their interior space than the Alhambra. It’s fairly roomy in there, but the rear seats have to be removed to generate luggage space. The rear doors aren’t sliding items either, making it a little bit more awkward get kids in and out.
The Alhambra is a little cheaper and better equipped than the Sharan, but for similar money you could get a newer, cleverer, safer MPV. Resale values won’t be great either, especially with a new model on the way.
The basic R Alhambra gets climate control, six electric windows, electric mirrors, remote locking, seatback tables and a CD player. The S adds rear climate control, 16” alloys, privacy glass, park aids, leather steering, swivelling captain’s chairs, a heated windscreen and cruise control.
The Alhambra is available with the old Golf GTi’s 150bhp 1.8 petrol turbo and a 1.9 diesel in less than three states of tune: 90bhp, 115bhp and 150bhp. The petrol is a fine motor, while the diesel is a little gruff, although all have ample torque to cope with the Sharan’s size and weight.