The VW Sharan is a seven seater multi-purpose family car or MPV, with the latest model looking more stylish than previous models and with a longer, wider and slightly lower body. It is a true testament to the manufacturer’s design ethos and is available in 9 different colours to choose from. It’s priced from £24,300 upwards.
Spacious 7 Seat Interior
The interior is generous with space, and a very useful feature of this size of family car is the ability to have the seats arranged in a variety of configurations which enable different seating and luggage arrangements. Each of its seats can be adjusted to create room for those behind them with the advantage of adults being able to travel comfortably in the sixth and seventh seats, as opposed to many of its counterparts in this class. The central dashboard has a high level glove compartment for additional storage.
The middle seats have fold out tables that allow passengers to occupy themselves with games or the like, and these also provide generous legroom. All the seats can easily fold flat by pulling on a loop that protrudes at the base, thus creating enough room to carry large items of luggage. The sliding doors make it easy to get in and out of, and is helpful when parked in tight car park spots. The sliding door has a manual or electric option for ease of use and it comes with a full length curtain airbag to offer protection even to those seated at the rear.
German engineering shows its best form in the driver’s seat, where the position of the controls are positioned conveniently for the driver. Additional controls are placed on the steering wheel to ensure minimal distraction while driving, and give a feel of a more upmarket car. The VW Sharan also is provided with dual climate control, digital radio and easy to read instruments.
Variety of Engine Choices
There are five different engine variants for this car, including two petrol engines and three diesels. In terms of the petrol engines, these are the Blue Motion 1.4 TSI 150PS which has a top speed of 122 miles per hour and a 0-60mph time of 10.7 seconds – pretty fast for a people carrier! Its fuel consumption is 39.2 miles per gallon, which is also fairly reasonable for a family car of this size. An automatic gearbox is an option here which has shown better performance than the manual transmission, apart from the marginal increase in fuel consumption.
The second petrol engine option has more power, this is the 2.0 TSI 200PS which accelerates the vehicle to 60 mph in an impressive 8.3 seconds, and with a top speed of 133 miles per hour. Its fuel consumption is 33.2 miles per gallon. Many buyers prefer the diesel engines of the Sharan, of which there are 3 variants that utilise the excellent Volkswagen Blue Motion technology. The 2.0 TDI 115 PS is the cheapest of the three achieving a 0-60mph time of 12.6 seconds and a top speed of 114 miles per hour.
For additional performance the 140 PS diesel offers a top speed of 121 miles per hour and clocks 0-60 in 10.9 seconds. The highest performing diesel in the range is the 2.0 TDI 170 PS engine which has a top speed of 130 miles per hour.
Adaptive and Predictable Handling
People carriers don’t always provide the best handling, however the VW Sharan drives quite nicely and provides a predictable and responsive ride. Adaptive chassis control lets the driver choose from three modes of driving / handling, which are sports, normal and comfort mode. Additional features include stability control and tyre pressure monitoring systems which have contributed to a high Euro NCAP rating.
These include a 4 speaker CD system which can be upgraded to include touch screen satellite navigation and a full multimedia system. An automated parking system (Park Assist) which allows the car to move into the right spaces at the right angles as well as the parallel park system are incorporated.