Volkswagen Sharan Sport 1.9 TDI PD Tiptronic 7-seater — MotorBar Road Test

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MPV just as good

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THE WORLD IS DIVIDED up into two of MPV. Either you have seven-seater capacity or you don ‘ t. It s as simple as that.

Generally if you need to carry seven you a big MPV. And seven-seat MPVs don t come much more that Volkswagen ‘ s

The Sharan offers a choice of from 1.8 up to a potent 2.8 V6, but most MPV will be looking for comfort, and economy, which is why we’ve the seven-seater Sport TDI PD Tiptronic, fluently combines all three in a smart-looking shell.

The TDI PD uses Pumpe Dьse technology to 115bhp and 229lb ft of torque at 1,900rpm from a 1.9-litre turbodiesel unit.

This spacious MPV with space to will also return a fuel consumption of 36.2mpg, it out on motorways to a satisfying 43.5mpg. briskly, the benchmark 0-62mph is in 13.7 seconds and the top speed is a 112mph. Don’t place too store on that 0-60

In the real world it is flexibility torque #151; that most. And the TDI Sport Sharan has got the Well, 229lb ft, actually.

By comparison, the 2.0-litre petrol puts out the same 115bhp but manages 125lb ft at 2,600rpm.

The is a classy act, with styling and one of the best chassis to be on MPVs, providing a well-controlled and predictable handling #151; what you need, especially carrying kids around you. And, like all it comes loaded with top kit.

MPVs haven’t enjoyed a glamorous image, but like Audi, seems to the knack of knowing just how to a product. The Sharan, ever it’s introduction in ’95, has seen by many as the yardstick for all right and proper in an MPV.

up close the paintwork and panel fit are as as you would expect from with the tight consistent lines that confirm assembly. The wide, colour-coded is flanked by large clear headlamp units that tidily into the leading of the front wings. The Sport’s fit 7J x 16-inch ‘Magny-Cours’ design wheels wear meaty tyres and the wide

5-spoke adds a purposeful air to the Sharan’s shape.

As without, so within. The Sharan’s with its efficient 7-seater is equally uncluttered. There’s room for the driver and six … to relax in individual sports

Large, deep glass form much of the ‘body’ the Sharan’s waistline and, with slim window create a light and airy in the well-appointed interior. Combined the high positioning of the seats, it that passengers enjoy views of the scenery flowing

Need to move something No problem: removing the Sharan’s

seats opens up a massive litres of storage space. makes it easy to overlook the that the Sharan’s overall is actually comparable to that of a sized saloon car (it’s shorter than a Passat, and a smidgen wider), which it manoeuvrable and easy to place.

will take pleasure in the way that Volkswagen pay attention to with fit and finish. Comprehensive and steering wheel adjustment provide most people a perfect driving position, by the commanding view out and commendably ergonomics. Both front have generous height and lumbar support.

Whereas the of property is location, location, with a car it has to be build quality, quality. VW shows us how it’s

Standard equipment includes windows (the rearmost two are vent windows), a high 10-speaker audio system a dash-mounted 6-CD autochanger, rear reading lights, heated and adjustable door air-conditioning, ‘coming home’ function, a cooled, illuminated and glovebox, heat insulating glass from the B-pillar and a rear passenger heater independent controls.

The doors and close with a precision of that is so smooth most simply don’t notice it. The is as logical as

Mr Spock, and will be by all who sit behind it, along with the clear instruments. Even the exude a sense of satisfaction as contra-rotate and clear the windscreen to millimetres of the edges. Useful include two large oddments set into the top of the fascia, lined to rattles. They also nicely damped lids and are handy.

The multifunction computer is to use and provides meaningful information and only about things you really need to know. In a that can be used for transporting so different loads the electric height adjustment is more ever welcome.

Some MPVs can be rather to drive because their is so far away from the driver piloting one is almost like

to take off in Concorde. Not so the Sharan and the ‘captain’s bridge’ driving can be easily exploited to help tight spots and when through busy traffic without the need to hold breath! That said, the and rear parking sensors to our test car (a Ј295 option) particularly useful, especially


At the back a full-width (43-inch) tailgate lifts effortlessly to reveal a luggage area of 256 However, take out the easily third row of seats and capacity to 852 litres. Remove both the and third row seats and you are left a pretty big space to fill: litres or 92cu ft.

Sleek roof rails facilitate luggage/carrying options for bike, ski and racks or even a streamlined box.

Safety is high on the of MPV buyers, and they won’t short-changed with a Sharan. Of there’s ABS and electronic brake distribution, Isofix preparation on 2nd and 3rd row three-point seatbelts on all seats, and front passenger’s airbags, seat side impact as well as a curtain airbag

On the move the 115bhp TDI performs With a first-class 5-speed automatic transmission to take of the gear changes,

the PD engine sufficient low-down flexibility to mince-meat of busy urban Better yet, little escapes into the cabin to the colour of its tipple. The figure-hugging style seats do a worthy providing support and the kind of that doesn’t disappear as you

If you haven’t ridden in an MPV you might something of a roly-poly ride, in windy conditions. Riding in a #151; particularly the Sport its stiffer suspension #151; is an The ride is firm enough to from unsettling passengers, is taut, there’s minimal and the front-wheel drive layout is from intrusive understeer.

In a the Sharan drives fluently, the power-steering contributing to the impression you’re driving a well-engineered

The quality ride is the perfect to the Sharan’s comfort, making journeys plain sailing. Our test route takes us 200 from Kent to Buckinghamshire and Normally we’d do it in two legs but in the a quick coffee was all that was before turning round and the second hundred-mile stint.

And at the end of the journey the seats were as as when we first climbed With just 1.9 litres of under the bonnet, the TDI is no barnstormer and by standards the Sharan’s 112mph top is relatively modest. However, let impressive torque work for you and is you’ll be surprised as how quickly you your destination.

It goes saying that everyone on enjoys the same tireless enhanced by the seats being on rails so that all passengers can their own space. For a family or holiday, it saves on the gripes.

If you want to burn rubber Volkswagen has just the Sharan for you a 204bhp 2.8-litre V6 that 133mph. Interestingly, despite its pokey engine, the entertaining V6 quite match the TDI PD’s ft of torque, producing a ‘mere’ ft.

So, the question is, Do you really want to almost 45mpg for a higher top Whatever your answer, find a suitable Sharan to your needs.

VW Sharan 1.9 TDI PD Tiptronic | £23 , 127

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