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Three: Darren#8217;s Volkswagen

Taking a break from about his lovely Audi 80, Leslie is back on PetrolBlog some words on his Volkswagen . After the recent Ask MajorGav on 7-seaters. PetrolBlog will be a reputation for practicality and common


Three. It’s a enough number in the general of things. Defined as ‘the number between two and four’ by it can generally be described as ‘not In fact, I can, off the top of my head, of many numbers that are and only two that are smaller.

And three is the magic number. it isn’t when you combine the three with the word Especially where personal is concerned.

Yes, we have children. Not only that, but two of are twins. All are of an age where specialist car is required, meaning that actually take up more than an average sized

Throw into this mix all the that young children including the enormous twin and it’s plain for all to see that a economical car might not be a good choice for the family. Indeed, the family car was a Nissan Primera P12 isn’t what I would small. But it is.

With three children in, what estate agents call ‘bijou’.

Darren#8217;s motor, the Nissan Primera

For over a year, we managed to one child seat and two baby in. The good part was that if you didn’t use the seat belts to the seats, they weren’t anywhere (and no, we didn’t the seats unsecured). But it did mean taking the two youngest out of the car with car was a pain. We reverted to leaving the in and manoeuvring the kids around the which worked up to a point.

Our was moved to the middle position to this to happen, and rather he enjoyed using the gap between the seats to get in and out.

Our first as a family of five was interesting to say the The boot was full, the roof box was the in-laws boot was full, the back seat was full. as well the in-laws came really.

And then came the realisation with the twins growing, baby seats were to be replaced by two bulky child and there was no way they were to fit. Many a night was searching through AutoTrader and for ideas, and by Googling the specs of the we quickly found out that wasn’t much about our requirements and with our budget. The weren’t particularly onerous three 3-point belts in the space for three child space for children#8217;s ‘stuff’, a engine and a manual #8216;box was as picky as we got.

When I do buy a which isn#8217;t very I do tend to do a bit of research, usually on the web days, and this led to two types of The first consisting mainly of who had multiple kids, extolling the of such MPVs as the Citroën Renault Scenic and Vauxhall “ Oh ”, they said “ there’s so space. I don’t know how we have coped without it ”. they’re all lying.

They’re no bigger than the they’re based on, except three separate small in the back. And a woeful boot.

A press shot of the Volkwagen

The other type could be as those who claim if you buy an MPV, life is over, you’re a and they have no time for opinion on anything else. these people are morons who appreciate that some decide that the be all and end all of motoring driving everywhere at 10/10ths in a powered car. The internet is a place to get information and experiences, but you have to make a decision on our own personal circumstances.

This that we didn’t look at any of the MPVs as, having a sneaky at other people#8217;s, we could see once the pushchair was in the boot, would be no room in there for else. The same applied to cars such as the Volvo V70 or E Class.

Bigger was therefore in this case.

The Japanese vans’ were dismissed due to the of three 3-point belts in the and, surprisingly, a distinct of width. VW Transporters seem to their value and I would come with scene tax as Mercedes V Class have of horrendous reliability and so to do the Renault

So for our budget, it was a choice between the Galaxy, SEAT Alhambra and we eventually got, the VW Sharan.

The Alhambra and Sharan are all basically the with differences in trim, and lights being the only changes. They’re all built in the factory, by the same people the same tools. So why are there 20 times more Fords SEATs and VWs? It’s noticeable when looking the classifieds that there’s a large difference in availability.

it’s purely down to being more Ford than the others.

It’s noticeable, that petrol aren’t all that plentiful, the one we really wanted, the 2.8 VR6. The examples we saw advertised were rapid response, and were ‘worn’. We were even that “ you can’t see the holes the gun rack ”. Nice.

Darren#8217;s Volkswagen Sharan

So, did we get? Not quite what I was but having a long hard I came to the conclusion that in fact, the choice we made was a good one. I introduce the of PetrolBlog to the VW Sharan 2.0 SL. A smallish engine in a fairly base car.

So, what did appeal to us? firstly in good condition, the we looked in fact. The engine is and with plenty of room in the can be easily serviced at home.

And minimal gadgets, there’s not too to go wrong (I hope). These come with a 6-speed and rather amusingly, the rear windows are electric whilst the ones are manual……

The PR department of VW have you believe that like driving a car. It But it’s not quite like a van

The best way to describe it is to say it has a car like position and ambiance with the characteristics of a sporty van, if makes sense. The six speeds are close together allowing the to provide more forward than you originally thought. we test drove a Galaxy 2.3 engine and 5-speed #8216;box, and the VW felt slightly quicker, though it probably isn’t looking at the numbers.

Room for three child in the back

The kids love the car and noticeably easier and quicker them in and out due to the height of the seats.

plenty of room across the and the boot is simply enormous. In we have trouble making the things don’t move too much. So to summarise in just a few we decided to get a car to do a job we wanted, we found and it does the job we want.

I could saved a lot of writing if I’d just that and not the thousand odd of waffle beforehand, but that be PetrolBlog, would it?

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