- Model: 1.8
- Year: 2005
- Gear Type: Manual
- Boot size: Married+Kids/Large
- Safety Rating: 5
- Add-ons: MP3, Aircon, Electric Windows
- Overall Satisfaction: Loved it
- Listed: May 1, 2014 12:22 pm
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Best feature7 seats. This is why I bought it. And all 7 of them are full-sized.
This is not often the case will all seven-seaters, but there is sufficient room around all of them. Also they are all separate, so you can turn them any way and remove each and every one of them to suit your needs.
Removal is very fast and easy and it takes less then half a minute per seat. Literally.
The second row of seats also slides forwards and backwards so you can choose to provide more space for the second or third row of seats. Great stuff. The Volkswagen Sharan is very versatile on the inside and it can be used as a transport for large families (the way I used it), or to transport bulky stuff since you can access it via large side doors or via huge back door, all of which give access to even loading floor.
The driver and front passenger also have lots of space and deep dashboard gives a great sence of confidence and security.
You will feel like you are driving a large boat.
The Sharan is also very easy to drive although it's very big.
Since it is pretty box-like, it is easy to park and determine how much space you have on all sides.
Large side mirrors help a lot. Honestly, it drives like a big car, rather than a van, which is great for long trips and for city runs.
The engine in my Volkswagen Sharan is the 1.8 turbo and, even though it seems ok, this car is too big and too heavy for it. Its acceleration is not the best, especially in higher gears. Having in mind that you can take seven people in it, the added weight makes it even slower. Also, this means that you have to push the gas pedal harder, so the fuel consumption is not the best – about 10l/100km on average and a lot more in the city, even up to 14. Definitely too much for a 1.8l engine. The 2.8 V6 is definitely a better choice, even though I thought it would be too powerful and not needed for a family car when I was buying.
Also, the boot is not small, but when 7 people go on a longer trip, you need more room for things and then it becomes insufficient. Luggage for 7 people requires a roof trunk.
Another thing is that I have experienced several build-quality problems. The dashboard is great, but door panels are not very good, they squeak and even break. Also, I have not seen a Sharan with all speaker covers in doors that are not broken.
The biggest problem I’ve had was the aircon malfunction, which was not very cheap to repair.
On the overal, I have to say that the quality was not the best, although I have covered a lot of kilometres, so this might be the reason.
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