Volkswagen Sharan MPV - Interior & comfort
The Volkswagen is quiet and comfortable inside – if not the last word in design flair
Comfort is one of the Sharan’s trump cards – it’s spacious inside and generally rides well on poorer road surfaces. In common with the other VWs, it sports a solid if rather uninspiring interior, which is in line with its restrained and practical image.
Volkswagen Sharan dashboard
Inside, the VW Sharan differs little from the rest of the brand’s range, with a clean, simple and straightforward design making it a pleasant if somewhat dull place to spend time. It’s all very sturdy and well put-together, however – vital for a car that’s going to have to put up with the rough-and-tumble of family life. The Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer does demonstrate that a family car’s cabin can be both practical and eye-catching, however.
The Sharan is generally pretty well equipped. The entry-level S car features body-coloured bumpers, door handles and mirrors; a height-adjustable driver’s seat; footwell storage; a front central armrest; a steering wheel that adjusts for both rake and reach; lashing points and a luggage cover in the boot; cloth upholstery; DAB digital radio; sat nav,three-zone climate control; electric windows and a complete suite of safety kit, including ISOFIX child-seat mounts.
Moving up to SE Nav gets you alloy wheels, sat nav, chrome exterior trim, roof rails, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, folding tables, a leather steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and cruise control. We think the extra style and practicality brought by these features is worth paying for.
SEL adds even more kit, but begins to look unnecessarily expensive. It boasts 17-inch alloy wheels, front foglights, a panoramic sunroof, heated sports seats, Alcantara leather upholstery, adaptive cruise control and an upgraded stereo.
As with most VWs, options on the Sharan are both extensive and expensive. You can add alloy wheels to the S or increase the size of the alloys on other models.
Foglights are also optional on the S, while bright xenon headlamps are optional across the range. If you want to use your Sharan for caravanning, a retractable tow bar is £880. Inside, various upgraded stereo and sat-nav systems are available, as well as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. Practical additions such as extra carpet mats and luggage-management systems are also available.
Integrated child seats are also available across the range, as is three-zone climate control, power-folding mirrors, keyless entry, roller blinds and a power-operated tailgate. Finally, there are various active safety systems, such as auto-dipping headlights, lane-keeping assistance, parking assistance and rear-view camera.