Once upon a time, when the launch of the Ford Galaxy was far, far away, Renault bestrode the MPV universe like a colossus. The Espace, the car that invented the modern MPV, had few rivals, and for many chauffeurs, was the go-to car for hotel and airport business shuttle work.
The 2010 Audi A8 has been a fine car, but it’s starting to show its age. That pop-up satnav screen was impressive on launch, but now its 4:3 format looks small and outdated compared to the vast digital panels of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. And while it’s still a comfortable car, it lacks the immersive opulence of the S-Class, or the tight, connected handling of the BMW 7-series.
The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class has hit the ground running in the chauffeur market, winning the Executive Car of the Year award in last November’s Professional Driver awards.
The Seat Alhambra was born out of convenience in the late 1990s, to boost capacity at the Portuguese plant that makes the VW Sharan and, at the time, the Ford Galaxy. Ford soon split from the venture and made its own Galaxy, but the remaining twins have survived, with an all-new range launching in 2010.
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