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VW Sharan Review

The Volkswagen Sharan impresses on the outset with its smart style and seven-seat capability for every kind of family. You have four engine choices upon considering this vehicle: the motorway friendly 2.0-litre diesels at either 168bhp or 138bhp, or the 1.4 or 2.0 TSI petrol engines. In terms of interior, the Sharan is spacious and has sleek sliding rear doors for easy entry and exit. But how does the Sharan fare when one considers all these features, added improvements, and setbacks against its expensive price?

Pros

In terms of ride and handing, the Sharan’s Adaptive Chassis Control and all three of the suspension settings set the right balance between control and comfort. Steering is responsive and accurate even with its large, seven-seater weight and height. Diesel engines perform smoothly and quietly even when going on coarse surfaces. All engines, save for the 2.0-litre petrol, promise fuel efficiency and economy.

The Sharan boasts of a sleeker look that’s much more elegant than its former life as a boxy vehicle. Passengers and drivers can enjoy a 12mm decrease in height, making the lower stance a necessary improvement for cutting down 30kg of weight. As a result, families can enjoy a car-like rather than a van based experience. The lower height is balanced by a 220m longer length and a wider measurement by 92mm; as a result, the Sharan competes well against the Ford Galaxy.

In terms of choice, buyers can go for the S, SEL, SE, or Executive trims. While the SEL offers heated sport comfort seats and cruise control, the S provides electric child locks on the rear doors and driver and front passenger airbags. The SE is a good choice if your priority is manual height adjustment and electric back rest adjustment, as well as 16-inch alloy wheels and multi-function steering. The business market would want the Executive trim and its larger interior space.

Cons

Unfortunately the Sharan has its driving setbacks. Due to its hefty size, understeering occurs as you go too quickly into some bends. Drive too straight through a motorway and the touch on the wheel feels a bit off. You could get a DCC adaptive chassis to adjust the wheel dampers—only then can you enjoy a more comfortable ride and appropriate body control via a Comfort or Sport mode instead of the Normal setting. Understeering also occurs when turning sharp corners or when you enter too quickly into bends. Compared to its competitors, the Ford Galaxy trumps this model. Expect some noise when going on motorway speeds, particularly by the door mirrors. On the upside, every other positive aspect makes the Sharan the right contender in such a competitive market.

Although seven adults can easily fit into the Sharan and optionally electrically powered sliding doors give easy access to the rear, tall adults will have some trouble adjusting themselves to the third row’s limited headroom. Boot space isn’t as roomy either at a limited 300 litres. You can expand this, however, to 711 litres when shifting into a five-seat setup.

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History of the VW Sharan

The first generation Volkswagen Sharan was rebranded in 1996 as the SEAT Alhambra. The kinds of VW Sharan sold at this time were produced in the AutoEuropa, a plant located in Portugal. Greg M. Greeson was the first designer of the VW Sharan, and worked for the Duessefldorf, Germany Advanced Design Studio of the company between 1989 until 1990. The Sharan is distributed in South Africa, Europe, and several Latin American and Asia-Pacific countries. This Volkswagen model is not distributed or sold in Canada or the United States.

 

The Sharan’s original model was released in 1995. Five engine choices were available for buyers: 110kW (150 PS, 148 hp) at 6000 rpm, 85kW (116 PS, 114 hp) at 5000 rpm, 66kW (90 PS, 89 hp) at 4000 rpm, 81 kW (110 PS, 109 hp) at 4150 rpm, and 129 kW (174 PS, 172 hp) at 5800 rpm. The models from 1997 to 203 ranged from the 1.8T, 2.0, 2.8 VR6, and 1.9TDI. Some of the awards that the Sharan garnered are the Best People Carrier from Top Gear Magazine, Best People Carrier from the Auto Express Awards, What Car Awards, and Top Gear Magazine Top Cars. These awards were accepted from 1996 to 1999.

In 200, the Sharan was given a major renovation. The wheelbase was extended by 6mm, and the front and rear track increased. These features assured the model of that classic Volkswagen family look most buyers were after. 

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