The 130bhp Volkswagen Group agent agent is a acceptable accession to the Alhambra ambit and offers buyers achievement after sacrificing economy. Bargain sports abeyance and a glossy six-speed gearbox added enhance the TDI’s disciplinarian involvement.
Sporty, MPV, and agent are not words that usually arise in the aforementioned book – unless, that is, you’re talking about the new SEAT Alhambra TDI SE. And that’s because the Spanish bodies carrier is now on action featuring the Volkswagen Group’s absorbing high-performance 1.9-litre 130bhp turbodiesel.
Already accessible in the Alhambra’s sister car, the VW Sharan, this able oil-burning assemblage offers bigger affairs ability as able-bodied as abundant economy. With 130bhp on tap, the full-sized MPV can awning 0-60mph in 12.8 abnormal and go on to a top dispatch of 116mph.
While this may not assume that fast on paper, the dart times don’t acquaint the accomplished story. In-gear dispatch and burke acknowledgment are accomplished for such a big vehicle, acknowledgment to a whopping 310Nm of torque accessible at a average 1,950rpm, which makes overtaking at motorway speeds a breeze.
But if you appetite alike swifter progress, you can assignment the six-speed chiral box. That’s no accident as gearchan-ges are authentic and, for a diesel, the agent is agog to rev. However, the best bit is that, alike with a abundant appropriate foot, the abridgement is not sacrificed, as the Alhambra 1.9 TDI SE will acknowledgment a frugal 42.5mpg in alloyed cartage conditions.
The 130bhp assemblage is alone accessible in SE trim, which includes such luxuries as 16-inch five-spoke admixture auto additional headlight washers, advanced foglights, a acrimonious windscreen, sports seats and parking sensors. To accompaniment the active attributes of the engine, the SE’s abeyance has been adapted to accommodate a added involving drive. The ride acme has been bargain by 25mm, which helps to abate cycle through corners and sharpens council response.
The admittance of lower, firmer suspension, however, has had an appulse on ride quality, which is not as bland as it is in the 115bhp agent version. Improved dynamics added than accomplish up for this, though, and we anticipate the latest Alhambra has appreciably controlled dynamics for such a ample vehicle. The bodies carrier’s new appearance additionally seems to abatement in with SEAT’s mission to aftermath a ambit of models that are fun to drive and own.
After all, the brand’s angel is all about alms motoring amusement at a aggressive price. At £20,600 on the road, the new Alhambra 1.9 TDI SE ably demonstrates the point, admitting actuality a seven-seater agent MPV.