I've had my VW Sharan for just over 6 months now. I've never been much interested in cars before, just seen them as something to take me from a to b quickly and helped me avoid the need to sit by sweaty people on the bus home from work. This all changed when I bought the Sharan though. Oh how I love thee Sharan... (yes I refer to mine as a person, calling her 'Sharan' in an Ozzy Osbourne accent).
Anyway, moving on....
I was looking for a car with a very spacious boot and with the back two seats dropped - the boot of the Sharan is HUGE. I can fit my son's wheelchair in with ease. Last weekend we took a wheelchair and two kids bikes in it. Fantastic. Previously, if we went on holiday we'd take two cars - not any more, the Sharan is big enough for everything we want to bring and more.
When in the upright position, the two seats in the rear of this 7 seater are spacious too. Most 7 seater's I've sat in only have space for children in the very back, but the Sharan has ample leg and head room.
The rear sliding doors are genius. Cars are bigger and car parking spaces aren't so trying to manouevre kids out of the back of a car without damaging someone else's car is near on impossible, but the rear sliding doors of the sharan mean you can remove your children with ease.
I have owned a Sharan since 2006, although I am the second owner of the 2001 reg model I have not had any major problems, apart from the usual wear and tear and service parts. I have always been a fan of VW and I think the company makes vehicles that are worth spending your money on.
The 7 seater car has spacious seats that does really allow seven individuals to comfortably travel in short or long journeys. The seats are arranged so that individuals can sit and relax with enough leg room for comfort. Mine is a 2.0ltr vehicle which gives me good power whilst on the motorway and average fuel economy in urban/ inner city driving.
In terms of engine and electronics, the vehicle is value for money in the long term. As long as it is serviced and the oil is changed regularly owners should not have major issues with maintenance.
The only down side to this vehicle is that it does not have enough boot space to store luggage or too much shopping if all the seven seats are taken up.
I've owned my Sharan for just over a year and I still love it.
The seats are exceedingly comfortable and the elevated drive position means you can see a lot more of the countryside and world around you than you can from many cars.
Whilst the seats do not drop into the floor like on a zafira, all 7 seats in the Sharan are full size and will comfortable accomodate a full size adult. I have regularly had seven adults in the car with very little complaints about leg room etc. Power wise my diesel version has had no problem transporting this many people with a small amount of bags.
the boot size with all seven seats in is not brilliant, and certainly does not allow for every one to have their own suitcase. With the seats out however the space is vast. For flat loading the space is longer than the berlingo I used to have and will happily take a 2m wadrobe box from ikea (this is my standard size measure).
The built in booster seats in the rear 2 seats work really well and lift children up so they can be on a level with adults next to them. Unfortunately these seats only work at the very rear of the car so if I only have a child as a passenger it can be quite hard to have a conversation and/or keep an eye on them.
The only problem I have with the car is reverse parking. But I learnt to park in a Ka and have never really recovered!
As most people will tell you the Sharran is the same as a Ford Galaxy. What these people will not tell you is that there are many differences that more than make up for the price difference. The first time I looked at the differences I couldn’t quite put my finger on them, but the longer I have owned the Sharran these differences have become more apparent. The first thing I noticed was the different rear. The Ford has a tacky red plastic that right across the back. Other differences I have noticed in the twelve months. Plusher interior. Better paint finish. More Soundproofing. Better CD Player. Deeper carpets. If you look at the door seal welding the Sharran has a much better finish. When we decided it was a choice between the Galaxy and the Sharran we had to take into account the engine type. The wait for an automatic diesel from ford was three to six months, this delay was due to the fact that the diesel engine is supplied by Volkswagen. The Sharran waiting list was one month. This is what persuaded us to purchase the Sharran, the question arose that if we had a problem with the engine who would have a better knowledge of the engine. Running cost : Around town 28 – 30 mpg Long Motorway run 48 – 56 mpg Service due 12 months or 10,000 miles Problems since purchase: Blown rear light bulb Blown Stereo fuse In the end I am very pleased with the Sharran but the choice came down to the engine type. If I went for the V6 Petrol I may have chosen the Galaxy.