From 1 July to 31 December those long family journeys are much more fun as all new Seat Alhambras will be fitted with a DVD entertainment system that’s guaranteed to keep the kids amused.

The whole DVD unit is neatly mounted centrally in the roof behind the front Seats for ease of operation and maximum visibility for the five rear passengers. Viewers are entertained by the images on the high quality 7″ LCD flat panel screen that folds down from the unit while listening to the soundtrack through infrared wireless headphones*. This means there’s no distracting noise for the front Seat passengers, those that don’t want to watch, or those that choose to listen to the radio or CD through the normal in-car system instead. The DVD is loaded into a single slot on the front of the unit, and it can be operated either by the supplied remote control or by the buttons on the unit itself.

The DVD player is worth £700 but is supplied free of charge and adds considerably to the already impressive Alhambra package. Standard equipment on all Alhambras includes seven removable Seats, height adjustable driver’s Seat, climate control with cooled glove box, electric windows all round, radio/CD player, front and side driver and passenger airbags, ISOFIX child Seat mountings on all rear Seats and volumetric alarm. The popular Alhambra SX has a cool/warm box in lieu of the seventh Seat, which is ideal for keeping your snacks and drinks at the right temperature while you’re watching the DVD. It also gains cruise control and two integrated child Seats in the rear. Further up the range Alhambra Stylance models get alloy wheels, parking sensors, heated windscreen, trip computer and heated front Seats. Engine choices are a 1.9 TDI or 2.0 litre petrol both with 115 PS on Reference and the sporty 1.9 TDI 130 PS on SX and Stylance.

Seat Alhambra pricing starts at £16,220 for the 2.0 litre Reference rising to £21,570 for the Stylance with Tiptronic gearbox. Prices are on the road and include one year’s road fund licence, first registration fee, three-year/60,000 mile warranty, six-year body protection warranty, and a two-year Seat Assistance roadside package including cover in over 30 countries in Europe and its borders.