Not usually known for its MPVs in a market dominated by the likes of Ford, Vauxhall and Citroen, the launch of the Seat Alhambra secured the award for the Spanish manufacturer.
What Car? editor-in-chief, Steve Fowler, said: ‘The new SEAT Alhambra is a brilliantly-conceived people mover. Space is key, but so are the clever features like the folding seats and sliding doors."
Fowler also praised the comfort and refinement of the Seat Alhambra on the road – a rarity in the large, seven-seat MPV segment.
What Car? compared the Alhambra to a small family car in terms of the drive it offers, and Seat was pleased to accept the coveted award at the Grosvenor House hotel in London.
Seat UK’s Managing Director, Peter Wyhinny, said: "This important endorsement by the What Car? judges underlines my firm belief that the new Alhambra is clearly the most attractive full-size MPV on the market today."
The Seat Alhambra MPV costs from £22,800 in the UK and comes in three trim levels; S, SE or range-topping SE Lux.
Standard specification includes sliding rear doors, Bluetooth connectivity, climate control and front and rear parking sensors.
All models are fitted with fuel-saving Stop/Start technology and Brake Energy Recovery systems to improve fuel economy and bring down CO2 emissions.
Both petrol and diesel engines are available with a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed DSG automatic gearbox with wheel-mounted paddle shifts.
Seat has a history of success in the What Car? Awards, which have been running for over 30 years. In 2003, the Seat Ibiza was named the Best Car of the Year as well as Supermini of the Year in a highly competitive segment.