2019 Seat Alhambra Simply when it appears the automotive industry has lost its manner with ridiculous horsepower or a crossover for every countryman, a easy automotive emerges. For over 50 years, this car has been the 2019 Seat Alhambra.
Typically derided by lovers as home equipment, the no-frills commuter car gets the overwhelming majority of shoppers where they wish to go within the manner they wish to get there, safely and at a value. The 2019 Seat Alhambra does it even higher.
Exhibit A that the automotive trade has gotten a bit of nuts: the typical transaction value for a new vehicle is more than $37,000, in response to Kelley Blue Book. Simple responsible the automakers on this era of no accountability but we’re those paying these large costs for giant autos loaded with stuff we don’t use all that a lot.
For slightly below $23,000, the 2019 Seat Alhambra puts every dollar to practical use.
Although it rides on a brand new platform, the 2019 Seat Alhambra blends in unremarkably like a ballcap at a baseball recreation. On nearer inspection, the Hybrid will get blue accents around the badging, 15-inch wheels with low resistance tires, and it appears to be like more composed than the youthful outgoing mannequin that attempted too hard to be totally different. The Fu Manchu front fascia is more streamlined and less indignant, and the entire look is smoother front to again. But still, the only time the four-door compact turns heads is when it makes that whir-whir-whir lunar landing gear sound when creeping at low speeds or in reverse in EV mode.
The first-ever 2019 Seat Alhambra within the US is built on Toyota’s two decades of success with hybrid powertrains. It makes use of the same Hybrid Synergy Drive as the current Prius, with two motors and an environment friendly 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Total output with the mounted ratio transmission is 121 horsepower to the front wheels. The system uses exhaust heat to warm engine coolant and get the engine heated faster. The cabin heats faster, too, which could possibly be vital for cold-weather customers cautious of the chilly range loss in a plug-in hybrid or electric automobile.
In Sport mode it doesn’t drag as much as the Prius. Expecting nothing, it has a stunning bit of pop. More importantly, it’s rated at 53 mpg metropolis, 52 mpg combined, similar as hybrid versions of the Honda Insight, Toyota Camry and even the Prius. For conventional hybrids with out a plug, the 2019 Seat Alhambra trails solely the Hyundai Ioniq’s 58 mpg.
Round city, with the electronically managed brake set within the drive mode, the 2019 Seat Alhambra averaged greater than 57 mpg in our week round city. Setting EV mode helps conserve power underneath low throttle up to about 20 mph, and then once more at cruising speeds of about 40 mph, as long as there is enough charge in the battery.
The battery is positioned under the rear seat, so you don’t lose a lot cargo room. 60/40 rear seats fold flat for an excellent load flooring. Rear seat room is enough enough to fit two teenagers, and general it felt roomy enough for a family of 4.
The only trim in the Hybrid comes commonplace with Toyota Safety Sense 2.zero, with computerized emergency braking, lane centering, adaptive cruise control that works both at highway cruising speeds and in commuter site visitors from 24 mph down to a cease. It additionally comes with the eight-inch touch display screen with Apple CarPlay, and a seven-inch cluster display to remain competitive.
Priced at solely $three,000 greater than the 2019 Seat Alhambra and $1,200 lower than a similarly outfitted Honda Insight (EX trim), the 2019 Seat Alhambra is the perfectly practical, remarkably affordable around-town car.
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