What is it?
An eco-fied version of the distinctly vintage Seat Alhambra, a car that was introduced as long ago as 1996.
The Ecomotive gets the usual CO2-trimming revisions, including low rolling resistance tyres, taller gearbox ratios, revised engine management and 100kg of weight saving.
What’s it like?
Unarguably sensible, but distinctly underwhelming to drive. The eco-boosting revisions are mostly to blame for the poor dynamic performance, with the firmer suspension and reduced soundproofing making for loud, bouncy progress on the motorway.
The retuned engine also feels disappointingly lethargic off-boost, with usable power only really starting from about 1500rpm onwards.
It struggles to pull its taller gearing, too – with overtaking acceleration and even motorway gradients requiring a trip down the ratios.
In some ways the Alhambra is hiding its age remarkably well. The cabin is functional and well designed, with mid-1990s Volkswagen switchgear still doing a decent job.
More modern competitors do some things better, but Seat has kept the Alhambra in contention with some keen pricing.