1996 Seat Alhambra Review

1996 Seat Alhambra Luxe 2.0 petrol from Belgium

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance146421 kilometres
Previous carOpel Kadett


A car that is good to drive but is woefully let down by poor reliability and poor service


The air conditioning has had to be repaired every summer since I got the car. I didn't have to pay for repairs during 1997 when the car was still under guarantee, or in 2000. Despite discounts from the garage, however, air conditioning repairs alone have cost about £1300.

The alternator and the battery had to be replaced when the car was less than 3 years old.

Small parts such as the mirror cover on the sun visors broke very early on.

Other failures in 2000 and 2001 have included the distributor and one of the electric windows.

General Comments:

The car is very pleasant to drive, and it is economical.

The air conditioning is clearly a major problem. The SEAT importer contacted the manufacturer on my behalf and was informed that the guarantee is for one year only so they would not agree to cover any later expenses. I can see why: the system can't even handle the Belgian climate.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd August, 2001

Average review marks: 5.2 / 10, based on 1 review