Full-size MPV that feels saloon-like to ride in and drive, with smooth handling and strong diesel engines. There's space for seven people on board, and plenty of flexibility.
Sharan still can't perform the seven-people-with-luggage trick, and the seats are heavy to move. Some smaller MPVs are more versatile and cost less.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The entry-level option is a 2.0-litre petrol engine (115bhp), which struggles when the Sharan’s fully-laden. Best options are the diesels: a 113bhp 1.9, which is all you really need, or the 138bhp 2.0-litre, which performs well.
Ride & Handling
From their launch, the Sharan and its relatives proved to be the best-handling big MPVs and feel almost saloon-like to drive. The ride is rather firm, to avoid upsetting the passengers, but it is far from harsh. For such a big car the Sharan is easy and fluent to direct with good, accurate power steering. It’s simple to thread through busy streets.
The big cabin is nicely insulated from outside noises, and road roar is well suppressed. There’s not too much wind rustle, despite the presence of roof rails. The engines are reasonably quiet unless revved, although the diesels can be clattery.