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.
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 it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Volkswagen Sharan performance
The Sharan is available with two turbocharged petrol engines – a 148bhp 1.4-litre and a 197bhp 2.0-litre. However, the 138bhp and 168bhp 2.0-litre diesels suit the car better because of their extra mid-range muscle. Volkswagen’s DSG semi-automatic gearbox is standard with the 2.0-litre petrol and an option across the rest of the range.
Volkswagen Sharan ride & handling
So far, we’ve only driven cars with the optional Adaptive Chassis Control, which lets you choose from three suspension settings, but you don’t have to fiddle with this much because it strikes a good balance between comfort and control when you leave it in the normal setting. Accurate steering adds to the Sharan’s appeal, although its bus-like proportions can make it tricky to manoeuvre in tight spaces.
Volkswagen Sharan refinement
There’s some wind noise around the door mirrors at motorway speeds, but the diesel engines stay smooth and hushed at all times and road noise isn’t an issue unless the surface is particularly coarse. An engine stop-start system that reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions is standard on all but the 2.0-litre petrol and is fairly unobtrusive.