Seat Alhambra 1.9 TDI

May 15, 2012

Logical explanation for that can hardly.The powerful engine is the same, the space in the southern van no less sumptuous, well clarity and control at least the same way.But: The Spaniard is a few thousand euros cheaper.This leaves only soft reasons: image and – maybe – looks.And for cool heads, a higher depreciation, which eats away the price advantage, at least.

What remains is an underestimated popemobile.Especially when it comes along in the sports version and with the powerful 150-horsepower diesel.More than 4.6 meters in length measured from the front of the Alhambra to the rear bumper.There remains much room for a lot of family, bowling clubs or societies trip.Up to seven passengers fit in the Alhambra – although the rear is occupied not really comfortable.But with five seats, the seat is the ideal coach for multi-day outings.Ample space for luggage is: Somewhere between 256 liters (seated full) and powerful 2610 liters is possible to find the right level for each.If you want, with a to over two meters in length stretching hold quite undaunted shopping at Ikea.All the baggage can be loaded easily: The tailgate swings upward and opening wide enough even for bulky goods.

Simple and functional

The access front and rear is typical of Van convenient and easy – thanks to the high seats and low sill without major contortions.The height-adjustable driver’s seat is comfortably padded and provides a good firm lateral support – the arm rests are convenient, but annoying for those with slightly wider hips a bit, because when you close the seat belts in the way.Front and rear passengers also have more problems no, the seats can slide back far enough, without then in the rear to ensure tightness.Sure, Isofix anchor points are standard.

Can operate the Alhambra simple and functional.All important switches are easily accessible and logically arranged, tachometer & Co. are well appreciated.That certainly does not seem too bulky dashboard.Striking: In our test car is reported no warning signal when the seat belts were not closed during starting.

The build quality is excellent.Everything fits into our test car, there were no rattles or creaks after Rüttelpisten.The materials have a high value, adjust the colors – each other well – subtly restrained.Many storage to maintain order – even if the van once fully staffed.Any requests in the area?Yes: Rear sliding doors would be more practical.

Fast and relaxed

The powerful top-TDI is good for most pleasing performance.The 110 kW/150 hp range with the torque of 310 Nm even at the heavy van to a sovereign acceleration of 11.9 seconds from standstill to 100 km / h and a top speed of 199 km / hAlways enough to handle fast and relaxed with the traffic situation can be.That it is a diesel, the rumbles there never to be heard – but never audibly distracting.The engine runs smoothly and vibration.The seat is self-consumption of 6.9 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers.In our test, we came to a good 8.5 liters.

The standard six-speed manual gearbox fits well with this engine.It can be easily and accurately switch and the characteristics of the individual transitions is well suited to the temperament of the engine – only in the wet or too gruff start had some problems with the drive wheels of the traction.The sixth gear functions as a pure overdrive and especially helps to save fuel on long motorway sections.

Handy and emotional

The sports suspension makes a significant contribution to the comfort of the widebody sedan with: Athletic matched firm, but so comfortable and well-balanced suspension, that the 1.7-ton Alhambra road bumps along with lateral grooves dunk with confidence.Curves in the Alhambra tends to slight understeer, but always conveys a feeling of safety.Otherwise, the Alhambra offers a neutral driving behavior.The steering is precise and sensitive – but especially so adjusted that the Spaniard is not quite comfortable and surprisingly easy to handle makes maneuvering through city traffic.

No, the Alhambra is not a whit worse than his brother from Wolfsburg – with a strike price of € 28 390 but not cheap, but much cheaper.If this is not an argument …

 Specifications
Seat Alhambra 1.9 TDI

 

Engine Series
Cylinder 4
Displacement (cc) 1896
Power (kW / hp) 110/150
Payload (kg) 507
Total weight (kg) 2510
0-100 km / h (s) 11.9
Vmax (km / h) 199
Consumption (L/100 km) 6.3
Fuel Diesel
Base price (€) 28 390

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