Seat Alhambra tops residual value tables

The Spanish car maker’s new seven-seat MPV has better residual values than the Ford Galaxy, Peugeot 5008 and Renault Espace, according to the latest CAP data.

What Car? magazine’s MPV of the Year 2011 retains 33 per cent of its value (£7,925) after three years of ownership in its 2.0-litre TDI Ecomotive S specification.

This compares to 31 per cent and 30 per cent for the Ford Galaxy and Peugeot 5008 respectively when both are offered with a similar-size diesel engine.

Out of the large MPVs, the Renault Espace 2.0-litre diesel finished slightly behind rivals, mostly due to its age compared to the other, newer models. The Espace was first introduced in 2003 and was refreshed in 2010.

Seat UK Alhambra Product Manager James Buckell said: "I’m very happy that the Alhambra’s combination of great looks, brilliant functionality, generous standard equipment and a very competitive purchase price has clearly made a big impact on the experts at CAP."

Priced from £20,800, the vast seven-seat Alhambra was released late last year. As one of the more modern MPVs on sale in the UK, the Alhambra boasts some of the most frugal engines available on a large car.

These include the Ecomotive range, which offers CO2 emissions from 146g/km – or Band F (£125 per year) for UK VED.

Fuel economy is an impressive 39.2mpg to more than 50mpg depending on the choice of model thanks to Stop/Start technology and Brake Energy Recovery systems which save power whenever the brakes are pressed.

Available with manual or automatic transmission, the range of engines offers 140 to 170bhp and can reach 130mph where legal.

The Seat Alhambra, which comes with the sliding side doors for added practicality, is available to buy now from Seat dealerships.