Seat Alhambra is a used car success

After going on sale late in 2010, the Seat Alhambra was quickly named What Car? magazine’s 2011 MPV of the Year after its practicality, upmarket and spacious interior and on-road handling were praised by drivers.

Now ten of the models have been sold to Seat dealerships in the UK, with prices outstripping expected rates for the people carriers.

David Ardern, SEAT UK Used Car Manager, said: "Interest in these cars was really unprecedented, with dealers falling over themselves to get hold of one. I think that tells you all you need to know about just how popular our new Alhambra is!"

The success is good news for owners of the new Seat MPV, who will enjoy high resale values when it comes to replacing the car in future.

Based on the Volkswagen Sharan, the new Seat Alhambra undercuts it in price but delivers seven-seat practicality and a refined ride on the road – an all-too-often overlooked factor in a large, boxy MPV.

CO2 emissions are lower too, with official figures between 150g/km and 165g/km representing a step forward in large seven-seat MPV running costs.

Available with a single turbocharged petrol engine and a range of diesels, the most popular choice, the Seat Alhambra starts from £23,000 in the UK.

For buyers looking for a used model, this price is expected to be slightly lower, with the first used Seat Alhambra models set to start arriving on UK forecourts.

Since its launch in the UK, the new Seat Alhambra has won a host of awards including Best MPV at Diesel Car and Fleet World and several awards from media in Spain and Portugal.