This vehicle not only looks like a typical multi-passenger car, but has extra sporting appeal. An uncommon combination when looking for a car conversion.
Source of WAV:
* The opportunity to test drive this vehicle was kindly gifted by Lewis Reed in exchange for a review, but all opinions are my own. *
Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS)
I love how the sleek aerodynamic design disguises the adaptations. It can be difficult to accept the fact you can no longer have a ‘normal’ looking car once you become dependant on the use of a wheelchair, so the fact you cannot see these conversions is a huge selling point.
Size & Space:
There is plenty of room to comfortably accommodate one wheelchair user and up to five other passengers, including the driver. With two different seating positions that enable optimum comfort and zero compromises, this vehicle is perfect for families. I preferred having two standard seats in the front and two fixed seats in the rear with a space in the middle for my wheelchair. Allowing me to be a part of the conversation and close to my assistance dog, as opposed to being at the back of the vehicle by myself.
The headroom for both rear seat passengers and wheelchair user is exceptional, plus there are large, tinted windows that offer a fantastic eye line once inside – something I rarely get to enjoy due to being so tall! The discreet rear entry system includes a rattle-free TorSpring ramp designed by Lewis Reed, which is lightweight, durable, and easy to use. Better still, it is surrounded by smooth exterior lines so that the ramp is hidden within the bumper.
Lewis Reed offers a wide range of restraints, powerchair lockdowns and winches to ensure the process of loading and unloading wheelchair users is quick and easy. Securing any wheelchair in place and preventing sudden movement whilst in motion.
Leather upholstery, front and back drink holders and back seat trays are just a few options that make driving just as enjoyable as passenger riding. Along with an optional panoramic sliding roof and a three-zone, climatronic feature that provides optimum temperature in all seating areas.
Overall, I think the Seat Alhambra is a great choice for wheelchair users who want to ride directly alongside their family. However, it can also be adapted to enable users to drive from their wheelchair, or a four-way seat so they can internally transfer onto the driver’s seat with ease. Making perfect for parents living with a disability who want/need to drive independently during the school run, or young adults seeking the freedom associated with learning to drive.
For more information about this test driving experience, including my carers thoughts and opinions, check out the links below!