Al­ham­bra named Best MPV in Tow Car Awards

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - MOTORS -

THE new Seat Al­ham­bra has pulled off an­other hon­our, be­ing named Best MPV in the 2016 Tow Car Awards.

It’s a first ti­tle for the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of the seven-Seat Al­ham­bra, in­tro­duced this spring, sus­tain­ing its im­pres­sive rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing the best all-round propo­si­tion on the mar­ket – a sta­tus re­flected in more than a dozen in­de­pen­dent award ti­tles in re­cent years.

Speak­ing for the judges, David Mot­ton, tow car edi­tor of Prac­ti­cal Car­a­van mag­a­zine, said: “The Seat Al­ham­bra is a very good MPV and a very ca­pa­ble tow car. With its com­bi­na­tion of a high kerb weight, pow­er­ful en­gine and an ex­tremely flex­i­ble cabin, it is a wor­thy win­ner.

“As a tow car, sta­bil­ity is its stand-out fea­ture. It’s re­as­sur­ing at 60mph and un­trou­bled at 70mph. Data we gath­ered from the AL-KO Ac­tive Trailer Con­trol sys­tem backed up the im­pres­sion of our driv­ers, this re­ally is a very se­cure town car.”

The model tested for the award was the £35,190 2.0 TDI 184PS SE Lux with DSG dual-clutch trans­mis­sion, a ver­sion that de­liv­ers a per­fect all-round pack­age of per­for­mance, com­fort, safety and qual­ity.

It has a top tow­ing ca­pac­ity of 2.2 tonnes, while its lat­est-gen­er­a­tion TDI en­gine musters 380 Nm of torque, all the way from 1,750 to 3,000 rpm, giv­ing strong and smooth per­for­mance and work­ing with the hassle-free DSG gear­box to de­liver the kind of re­lax­ing drive that’s per­fect for a long-dis­tance trip, even when fully laden. Su­perb ef­fi­ciency is re­flected in of­fi­cial com­bined cy­cle fuel con­sump­tion of 53.3mpg, with car­bon diox­ide emis­sions a mod­est 139 g/km, even though the pow­er­train has mus­cle enough to shift the Al­ham­bra from rest to 62mph in less than nine sec­onds.

The jour­ney be­tween car­a­van-hitch to car­a­van-pitch is made safe, com­fort­able and con­ve­nient in the high spec­i­fi­ca­tion SE Lux, which in­cludes power-op­er­ated rear side doors and tail­gate, chrome-fin­ished roof rails, un­der­floor stor­age, rear seat-back ta­bles and a panoramic roof with open­ing front sec­tion.

Satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion with dy­namic route guid­ance is in­cluded in the Me­dia Sys­tem Plus in­fo­tain­ment pack­age, to­gether with Blue­tooth, DAB and in­te­grated voice con­trol. Up front the leather-up­hol­stered sports-style seats are 12-way power-ad­justable and there is triple-zone cli­mate con­trol.

Au­to­matic head­light and wind­screen wiper op­er­a­tion, re­vers­ing cam­era, triple-zone cli­mate con­trol and an auto-dim­ming rear-view mir­ror are fea­tured, to­gether with an im­pres­sive ar­ray of ac­tive and pas­sive safety sys­tems, in­clud­ing High Beam As­sist, and Seat’s Multi-Col­li­sion Brak­ing and Tired­ness Recog­ni­tion sys­tems.

The Tow Car Award-sare or­gan­ised and pre­sented by Prac­ti­cal Car­a­van, What Car? and the Camp­ing and Car­a­van­ning Club mag­a­zines.

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