For The VW Sharan has a roomy and versatile seven-seat cabin that feels classy yet hard-wearing. It’s good to drive, and the sliding rear doors are really handy in tight spaces.
Against It’s not cheap and you don’t get many luxuries with the entry-level trim. The third-row seats are a fuss to fold flat and the smaller petrol engine feels underpowered.
What Car? says
Smaller and cheaper MPVs, such as the Peugeot 5008, will suit most people fine, but the Volkswagen Sharan is an excellent choice if you need space for seven adults.
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There are 10 Volkswagen Sharan versions available
Target Price team says:
The latest Volkswagen Sharan is based on the platform of Volkswagen’s Passat family car, rather than related to the Ford Galaxy, as its predecessor was. However, you still get the impression that Ford and Volkswagen were comparing notes because the way the seats in the Galaxy and Sharan fold is almost identical.
The Sharan is available with four engines, but it’s hard to look past the 138bhp diesel. This provides all the performance you need and is the cleanest and most fuel-efficient model in the line-up, qualifying for a 20% company car tax rating and averaging over 50mpg.
We’d also recommend SE spec, which brings desirable kit such as steering wheel-mounted stereo controls, Bluetooth connectivity and alloy wheels. That said, even the entry-level S model comes with climate control, front and rear electric windows, seven airbags and stability control.
Reader test team says:
I am coming to like my Sharan more as time goes on. It's given no problems once the initial minor issues were resolved (properly under warranty) and…
We have now covered 45,000 miles. The Sharan continues to impress on the road. Unfortunately, what could be a great car is badly let down by a…