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      28.06.2000 18:50
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      What do you get when Ford, Seat and VW join forces to create a rival for the Renault Espace? Add on Seat's special range of features and clever ergonomic add ons and you've got a very special car indeed. A multi-people carrier is not probably at the top of most peoples list when it comes to fun cars to drive but the Seat Alhambra will never let you down. It is a complete joy to ride, the high seating position lets you peer down majestically at other drivers, giving the feeling of more control. The one inspired invention this car has is the arm rest on the drivers seat which lets you drive comfortably with something natural to lean on. All right it restricts access to the hand brake but how often do you use that anyway? Acceleration on the flat won't match other 2.0 litre cars but it is on hills that the turbo diesel version comes into its own, the steeper the better, you'll certainly give other drivers a surprise when you ease past them. At roughly 470 miles to the tank it's careful with the diesel intake too. As you would expect with a modern car, all the extras are there, dual airbags, air conditioning etc. The seats are slightly tricky to put in and out and you have to find somewhere to store them. Parking is something that definitely takes a lot of getting used to-and may frighten some people. Overall the Seat Alhambra is excellent value for money, especially if you have a large family.

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        10.06.2000 02:58

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        We've now had the Alhambra for just over 2 years and are still very happy with it. The 1.9TDi engine, though noisy when cold, turns in a very economical performance and there's enough pulling power to satisfy most people. We've had the alternator v-belt go a couple of times now. It's expensive (£60 + labour) and it's a dealer job to replace. At speed over long distances, this car just soaks up the miles in comfort. We took the middle seat out for our last holiday journey which gives a lot of interior floorspace for legroom and carry-on baggage. Forget in-car fitted tv systems - we slotted a small 10" Roadstar TV/Video combi unit between the 2 front seats, sitting on the armrests, and gave the kids videos to watch all the way to France and back. All in all, a great car and one that we'll be buying again in a year or two. I'd really like to see the in-car navigation option being added to the UK model - at the moment it's only on the European version - but you cant have everything.....

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