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Alhambra 184 DSG FR


milkymarsh
  • 2016 Diesel 2.0 Automatic Other 41 26 1845 100 5 Seat user manual is useless. Standard headlights are poor - either go for xenon or upgrade the bulbs (I did this and they are now fine) 5 Impeccably stable and a surprising turn of pace when needed. Having stepped back from a 260hp Touareg I had concerns, but needn't have been as it tows v well. Even better is the standard reversing camera which makes hooking up a doddle. 5 Relaxing place to be, very economical on the motorway (indicated 48mpg on a 50 mile run to the airport). Quite a docile gearbox until pressed and then it comes alive to give a real turn of pace.<br />It's circa 5k cheaper than an identical vw sharan, but comes with more kit. What's not to like. 4 Have a slight noise from under the bonnet (sounds like a budgie at idle. Going in shortly for service where it will be sorted 5 Easy. Massive space, easy to drive and stacks of kit 5 Used Franchised dealer Remote purchase circa 120 miles away. Excellent part exchange price and good comms. After sales dialogue a bit challenging, but being sorted nonetheless Yes
Effortless to drive, smooth gearchanges and really easy to drive. Truly gargantuan inside and a decent 100kg noseweight limit. Tows our 1800kg caravan with no issues@
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Excellent, picking one of these up next month, should be a step up from our 110bhp Sportage! I noticed you changed the bulbs, do you have a link to the ones you fitted?

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Excellent, picking one of these up next month, should be a step up from our 110bhp Sportage! I noticed you changed the bulbs, do you have a link to the ones you fitted?

This is what I've fitted for the dipped beam and they are a massive step up from the standard ones (they are truly useless)

 

OSRAM NIGHT BREAKER LASER H7 Halogen, Headlight Lamp, 64210NBL-HCB, 12V, Duo Box, Pack of 2 https://www. amazon. co. uk/dp/B01LLKFW8C/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_J6oRyb8W0KFDS

 

Let us know what you think of the car, as not many about and I've got two neighbours who wanted one but couldn't get one due to company car allocations decreeing a vw rather than seat. Their beef is that the seat comes with stacks of kit - even a month in the kids are still loving the leccy sliding rear doors!

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Thanks, will look at getting a set when the car arrives!

Also, get yourself a set of the genuine seat rubber mats - they are really good & cheap too. Far better than the carpet ones in there. List is £45 for all 4 & I haggled them down to £40

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My wife has a 2015 Alhambra SE with the 6 speed DSG. It has been faultless over 25,000 miles so far. I didn't realise however it would tow our 1750kg caravan. I'll have a look at the figures again.

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My wife has a 2015 Alhambra SE with the 6 speed DSG. It has been faultless over 25,000 miles so far. I didn't realise however it would tow our 1750kg caravan. I'll have a look at the figures again.

Tow weight is 2200kg I believe.

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It's the kerb weight we need though??

Mine is 1854kg

And the plate gives a decent gtw off the back of that

 

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It's the kerb weight we need though??

2 litre auto diesel 150 bhp kerb weight 1843 kilos max tow 2400 kilos

2 litre 184bhp diesel kerb weight 1841 kilos max tow 2400 kilos

 

Fantastic value-full spec-but expensive 2nd hand.

Very reliable.

Unfortunately holds its value so hard to get a bargain.

 

Looks like my next motability vehicle as the Volvo XC60 got the heave in January for being to expensive.

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2 litre auto diesel 150 bhp kerb weight 1843 kilos max tow 2400 kilos

2 litre 184bhp diesel kerb weight 1841 kilos max tow 2400 kilos

 

Fantastic value-full spec-but expensive 2nd hand.

Very reliable.

Unfortunately holds its value so hard to get a bargain.

 

Looks like my next motability vehicle as the Volvo XC60 got the heave in January for being to expensive.

Interesting you say that ancell.

I picked up a 6mth old Seat management car with 8000 miles on it. List price incl options (paint, factory towbar & 184 engine with dsg) was £38k. Paid £25. 5k for it.

 

Towing is 2400kg on 8% gradient, and 2200kg on 12% gradiant. Took our TA out for its first time with the Alhambra & everything was fine, stable and relatively quick when pushed. Ran the noseweight at circa 92kg (max 100kg). No issues of tail wagging the dog.

 

No wonder the car won one of the 2016 Practical Caravan & I can understand why after having mine for nearly a month now

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Looks like we will be getting one to.

Delivery is 12 to 16 weeks on motability.

30 weeks if you want the factory fitted towbar!

Ours will be the 150 bhp auto diesel SE Lux.

It has electric doors and tailgate-the sliding electric side doors will be handy for my 4 wheel walker.

2400 kilo max tow and 100 kilo tow ball load it will cope with our 1660 MTPL Swift Conqueror 560 no bother.

PF Jones dedicated electrics and removable tow ball including fitting comes to just over £500 so I will be going down that route.

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Looks like we will be getting one to.

Delivery is 12 to 16 weeks on motability.

30 weeks if you want the factory fitted towbar!

Ours will be the 150 bhp auto diesel SE Lux.

It has electric doors and tailgate-the sliding electric side doors will be handy for my 4 wheel walker.

2400 kilo max tow and 100 kilo tow ball load it will cope with our 1660 MTPL Swift Conqueror 560 no bother.

PF Jones dedicated electrics and removable tow ball including fitting comes to just over £500 so I will be going down that route

Ours will be a motability vehicle too. Ordered at the end of October, it is being built (apparently) this week in Portugal! The 184 dsg was available when we ordered so went with that, with the factory fitted towbar. Long waiting times, it's a popular model. I think we'll see a fair few around on campsites this year. Looking forward to having a reversing camera!

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Ours will be a motability vehicle too. Ordered at the end of October, it is being built (apparently) this week in Portugal! The 184 dsg was available when we ordered so went with that, with the factory fitted towbar. Long waiting times, it's a popular model. I think we'll see a fair few around on campsites this year. Looking forward to having a reversing camera!

Tried the reversing camera at the weekend and there is a view which is perfect for lining up the towball. Once I got used to it I lined it up perfectly and just needed to drop the hitch onto the ball. A real help and stops the kids having to wave their hands around loads (which I always find amusing!!!)

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Ours will be a motability vehicle too. Ordered at the end of October, it is being built (apparently) this week in Portugal! The 184 dsg was available when we ordered so went with that, with the factory fitted towbar. Long waiting times, it's a popular model. I think we'll see a fair few around on campsites this year. Looking forward to having a reversing camera!

The 184 bhp model is no longer available so it's either the Very basic VW Tiguan for £2700 up front or the leather upholstered electric everything-heated seats -rear camera electric tailgate-panoramic sunroof etc Alhambra for £1000 less!!

Salesman told me Seat are determined to make the Alhambra The MPV hence the low price.

He claims Seat want more Alhambras on the road as resale values are to high and owners are not turning them over.

 

I am not getting the factory fitted towbar as delivery is now 30 weeks!! for that option.

 

Another reason for not getting the new Tiguan is The Towbar!

The salesman said after market tow bars for the new Tiguan are causing problems he advised factory fitted-30 week plus delivery !

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I picked up our Alhambra 184 se lux at end of Jan on the mobility scheme, Its daft cos at the time of ordering the dsg box was £100 cheaper than the manual which we wanted and ordered. Our sales guy couldn't understand motability pricing at the time in October as the 150 bhp was £400 more than the 184 bhp. I think the pricing and time fell just wright for us, loving the car over the xtrail we had last even though we don't have a van anymore.

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I am going to look at the X trail but it is not 4x4 so it has no advantage over the Alhambra-for me.

Another minus is it scores lower than the Alhambra on most reviews.

Regarding motability pricing-its Very dynamic there are constant negotiations with models constantly getting the chop or being ushered in at the four change points in the year current change was January next one will be April 1st.

All I can do is make a choice between the models in the scheme at present.

Might look at the 2 litre Grand C Max although it appears bland in comparison to the Alhambra.

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The xtrail we had was the last of the box shape ones in 2014, had a look at new shape xtrail and boot was no good for daughters wheel chair plus the electric sliding doors on Alhambra are excellent for her.

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Picked up the car today, already taken the paint off the towball, but have to run it in for 600 miles before I can tow according to the manual so will have to do a couple of long trips.

Loving it so far, the electric towbar is a fantastic bit of kit.

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Picked up the car today, already taken the paint off the towball, but have to run it in for 600 miles before I can tow according to the manual so will have to do a couple of long trips.

Loving it so far, the electric towbar is a fantastic bit of kit.

Enjoy. Loving ours

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A bit of an update here following our first shortish tow of circa 45 miles (25 dual carriageway and 20 stop start a roads). Car towed impeccably with a noseweight of 84kg and overall mpg of 23. Coming back we had a noseweight of 75kg and you could definitely tell the difference, so going forward the weight will be between 85-90kg moving forward. I also expect the economy towing to be better once an extended run is allowed for (next tow in may will test that theory)

 

Was concerned initially that we wouldn't have enough power/torque but there was more than ample there.

My only other concern was getting out of the rookesbury site up the hill. Luckily for us it was dry, but got up the hill a treat (couple of bits of scrabbling), otherwise all fine. Not so sure how it would have been in the wet.

 

It's been a couple of months now since having the Alhambra and after doing close to 4000 miles, I cannot fault if. The reversing camera is amazing for hooking up as you can get it on the ballpoint exactly. The economy solo is anything between 35-40, depending on how much town driving is done, but on a decent run I've seen 48mpg. Not too bad from an 1850kg lump with a 2. 0 auto dragging it along

 

How are you getting on with yours uther1?

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Very happy with it so far. I have also done a short tow, from storage to a local site to sort the 'van out after winter, only 25 miles round trip but the car was very stable and towed well including up and down a pretty steep hill. Was interesting trying to get the nose wight up to about 90kg after having to get it down to 75 for out last car!
I do have a feeling it might scrabble a bit on wet uphill surfaces, but that's the price that's paid for not going 4wd!

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First lengthy solo trip in the Alhambra up to near the lakes and back. 505 miles in 2 days (circa 450 miles on the motorway) and superb comfort. Set the cruise on 73mph and returned 50mpg according to the trip.

 

Filled up and did a brim to brim measure and it came out at 46. 7mpg. Happy with that for a near 2 tonne lump with an auto box

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