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Volkswagen Sharan (2010)

by David Morgan (30 August

They’re not sexy, have the appeal of a van and occupy as much on the road as most large cars . but the MPV is a vital extension of the car and Volkswagen will be bringing its player to the party on September 3.

The Sharan will complete the Touran and Multivan revision and update an old favorite with a new look and, more a surprising level of refinement and convenience.

Since 1995 the has been Volkswagen’s mighty mover. It has sold well, but it was by its clone status as one of the Ford SEAT Alhambra and Volkswagen trio produced by VAG’s production facility at Palmela in I never warmed to the first-generation – it was practical enough with TDI diesel power, but dull to and uninspiring to drive.

This second generation in S, SE, SEL and Executive trim levels and is a little better in the styling but after driving through on its international debut last I think it could be in line for prizes for driver feedback. bigger than its predecessor it has into a remarkably refined that can seat seven in genuine comfort, rides and steers with a significant of precision compared to the original. You can order the Sharan with Chassis Control with comfort and sport settings – the time ACC has been offered on car.

Prices for the UK market still to be announced, but it looks as if the will climb a little the current model with a from £21,500 to £31,000. At level it occupies middle ground, but thanks to superb quality and its new-found level of should give Ford’s Belgium-built Galaxy a run for its money.

MPVs are nothing if not roomy. that standpoint Sharan the pack. Interior space is and comfort and visibility from all including the driver, is excellent. to all seven seats on the models I in Germany was good thanks in to clever seat positioning and the change in Sharan design its two large sliding rear

It’s not a new feature. The much Citroen Berlingo Multispace and mid-range Mazda5 have had doors for years, along the Sharan’s large MPV rival, the Grand Voyager — a that is spectacularly outclassed by German newcomer in every

Volkswagen will offer the doors and Sharan’s huge with both manual and mechanisms. Electrical assistance adds convenience, but adds complexity to the vehicle’s systems, and Personally I’d favour operation because all three open and close easily muscle power.

Which brings me to Sharan’s headline option – enhanced Assist. Most will be aware of Volkswagen’s development of a system that will a vehicle into a parallel spot after first the space and leaving the driver to monitor progress and operate the and brake. New Sharan takes it a further.

By pressing the dash-mounted parking system button vehicles fitted with the advance will scan a space and reverse the vehicle the void if it thinks it can. My was that it needs several to align itself with the and there’s a fair amount of on the driver shunting the Sharan and forth until it finally But it’s an impressive application of that clearly points the way to the autonomous car of the future that not only park itself but do about everything else executed by the driver.

Volkswagen Sharan I

Personally I that day does not dawn in my as I’m firmly of the opinion now that if you can’t park own car safely, should you be driving at That doubt apart, fitted with Park demonstrate their party well and prove that the of the machine has not lessened pace.

Trundling along the banks of the on urban and country roads south of Munich, I could not but reflect on the huge advances in of this people carrier. The old could never be accused of assembly, but the new model is remarkable.

On the it drives with a satisfying feel and is almost silent, of power choice. Both the 138bhp 1.4-litre TSI petrols and generation two-litre TDIs either 138bhp or 168bhp smooth and silent. Ride was excellent, road noise suppressed than on some premium executives and wind absent thanks to Sharan’s low 0.299 Cd drag figure.

The 1.4 TSI and 2.0 TDI give good performance and can be with either six-speed or DSG automatic gearboxes. But the 168bhp TDI is the star – brisk, responsive, and frugal with nearly possible on the combined cycle. the other engines I drove at it comes with Volkswagen’s Stop/Start system. Later year a non-Stop/Start model join the family – a flagship with Volkswagen’s 198bhp petrol unit linked to DSG.

As a practical load carrier the ticks all boxes. The rear height, like the side entry height, is low. The seven flexible seats are with the centre trio of seats able to be moved and forth by 160mm or folded to form a load surface. A version is planned.

Cargo is fantastic. The man responsible for leading the Sharan and new Touran project, Dr Bohn, told me: With all in use it has 300 litres capacity, but we’ve the interior to be very flexible the possibility of folding groups of including the front passenger Fold them all and you get a loading and a maximum cargo volume of than 2800 litres.

It adds up to a relaxed and easy vehicle with superb for a 4.85-metre long seven-seater and an to cruise comfortably at unrestricted speeds or amble pleasantly country and towns.

Volkswagen Sharan I
Volkswagen Sharan I


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