The SEAT Alhambra is a seven-seater people carrier that’s a slightly cheaper alternative to the Volkswagen Sharan. Other rivals include the Ford Galaxy, Citroen C4 Grand Picasso and the Renault Grand Scenic.

The Alhambra was updated in the middle of 2015 and now comes with more equipment than before, improved technology, lower running costs and a slightly improved interior that feels better quality than the one in the old model.

The interior is solidly built from quality materials, and all the controls are easy to use. The 2015 update improved the infotainment system to include a technology called MirrorLink, which displays compatible smartphone apps on the car’s screen.

In early 2016 SEAT released the 20th Anniversary Edition Alhambra with numerous extra features as standard including partial Alcantara upholstery, new alloy wheels, massaging front seats and a selection of safety features as standard.

Out on the road, the Alhambra is stable, safe and inspires confidence – important characteristics when choosing a car not only for yourself but for the whole family.

There’s a range of frugal petrol and diesel engines, and the 2015 update added more power and improved fuel economy across the board: the new petrol engines consume up to 15 percent less fuel than before, for example.

Overall, the Alhambra is hugely practical and competitively priced. It’s so good we even put it in our Top Ten 7 Seater Cars. Read on for the full verdict and remember to check out our handy colours and dimensions guides too.