Don’t ask. Don’t get.
I asked if I could take the SEAT Alhambra on a family holiday to Ireland.
The company extended their insurance (I’m underage and not able to drive vehicles over 2.0) and said ‘yes’.
I took the SEAT Alhambra SE Lux 2.0 177PS DSG to Ireland with my two cousins and Aunt, to stay with our Grandparents.
As a ‘thank you’ to my company, I decided to document our journey- commenting on some of the features that make it the best choice for a family car.
Watch my mini documentary here:
As the eldest of three, we have always had large cars to accomodate our hobbies, extra friends, luggage etc.
The first car I remember was the enourmous, silver, Volvo estate. I distinctly remember the auxiliary belt screaming and the three of us being really embaressed while we were wedged in the back. Next, we had a red Laguna Estate (I remember the reg: P972 AAP- sad I know) and this car was BRILLIANT because it had seats in the boot. The seats faced outwards so that we could wave at cars behind us in traffic. The next family car was the Renault Scenic. Even bigger, seats in the boot again but this time we were facing the right way. We were now also hitting puberty.
I haven’t grown (in height and maturity) since I was twelve. Peaking at 5ft 1. My younger brother and sister have well over taken me, nearing 6ft each. This meant that any journey subjected me to the boot seats. With NO leg room. My parents still have this car. I’m still forced into the boot when we meet as a family.
All of this history of my familys cars has a relevance I promise: I am fully qualified to talk about family cars. I know what works and what doesn’t. This is where the Alhambra amazed me.
I knew it was the award winning car before we left. It rivals its sister the VW Sharan by having much more on its specification for a lower price. Fantastic value.
By direct comparison is with the Renault Scenic that we still have. When the boot seats are in, there is no room in the boot. The rear seats are very uncomfortable.
The Alhambra still has a boot when the rear seats are up. The seats are attached to the chasis, they cannot be removed, an added safety feature. They are comfortable seats that also have Isofix points. Yes Isofix points in all five rear seats. There is leg room. The middle seats can be individually moved forwards, giving a custom level of room to the cabin.
As this was the SE Lux trim it was the top specification. This gave us access to more of the ‘toys’:
Sunroof- more light in the cabin. Although it was kept shut for most of our holiday. Irish weather.
Leather- fantastic to wipe clean.
Electric rear doors and tailgate- The doors have sensors and will stop if anything gets in their way. The S and SE trims also have rear sliding doors, this gives great ease of access in car parks and ferrys as we found. A lot of Galaxy’s were whacking each others doors.
Sat Nav- pronoucing Welsh and Irish place names is brilliant.
Bluetooth- on all models- can connect a number of devices to keep everyone entertained.
Seat belt recognition- alerts you if a little monster in the back has taken their belt off.
High beam assistance- perfect for dark Irish lanes.
Paddle shift on the DSG.
The list goes on. I think most are covered in the YouTube clip. But don’t just take my word for it, experience the Alhambra for yourself.
(P.S. I can arrange a test drive for you but you need to ring me first: 01273 434709. Ask for Therese)