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Volkswagen Sharan owner reviews

"The Volkswagen Sharan is a sensible, practical and capable seven-seat MPV, but it feels expensive compared to newer rivals"

Carbuyer Rating

4.1 out of 5

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Owners Rating

2.8 out of 5

40%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

  • 4reviews
  • 2reviews
  • 2reviews

Common Problems

  • Gearbox / clutch, Suspension, Other (1 cases)
  • Electrics, Engine, Gearbox / clutch, Other (1 cases)
  • Gearbox / clutch, Other (1 cases)
  • Electrics, Gearbox / clutch, Other (1 cases)
  • Brakes, Electrics (1 cases)
  • Other (2 cases)

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2.0 Bluemotion SE

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

37
Review
This has been our family wagon for 7 years now. We bought it at 500 miles from VW. There were problems with the flywheel and steering rack fixed under warranty, but the flywheel (dual mass) is broken again, so we're looking at a big bill to fix it, but it drives okay for now. The DSG gearbox got a bit noisy during the warranty period as well, but VW decided to ignore my concerns, even though I took them to the CEO! One thing I will not be doing is having the emissions update, as there are horror stories about this all over the web. The suspension creaks but new bushes should sort that. It will probably do us for another 7 years. It's a very comfortable car, not really sporty but satisfying in it's own little way. Practicality is awesome and everything seems to be wearing well.
Reliability

4 out of 5

Weakpoints: Abs sensor, bluetooth controller, steering rack, dual mass flywheel.
Performance
It's adequate for towing a camping trailer while the car is full of people, but it's no 'GTi"!!
Running Cost
Over 45000 miles and including tyres it has cost around £47 per month. MPG average is 37 but we do a fair bit of town driving and we live on a hill! When we go further it averages in the 40's

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

1.4

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Don't purchase this vehicle.
Reliability

1 out of 5

Engine. clutch, doors, cooling, electrics repairs. Don't spend your money on this garbage. One star because no star is not allowed here....
Performance

3 out of 5

Not bad, still needs 30hp
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Thanks God, it's still under warranty. Really hope to find a second hand purchaser at Pakistan after warranty.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

50
Review
Good running
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Low

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

1.4 tsi

Year of registration

2019

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

22
Review
Poor fuel consumption - miles per gallon in the low twenties locally. The best I've managed on the motorway is 32mpg. Got the car on mobility, and it's been returned after 6 months as fuel bills are too high.
Reliability
Reliable but really thirsty, especially when using paddle shifters
Performance
Very quick for size
Running Cost

1 out of 5

Too expensive for me at least £40 for 200 miles

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

2.0 TDi, manual

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Bought it when it was 1 year old. Very nice och quiet car, and well equipped. But I had problems right from the start. First thing was a leaky seal on one of the outgoing drive shafts. Then I discovered bubbles in the paint on the side doors due to galvanic currents. Solution was to repaint of the doors. I think they just wanted to push the problem past the paint warranty. Next thing was a jiddery clutch, and it resulted after after several trips and changing of diesel injectors to replacement of clutch and flywheel. And after that a intermittent faulty parking sensor and recalibration of rear parking camera. And at last replacement of another parking sensor because the paint was coming off. All of these problem was repaired at no cost for me. Since the "new car" warranty now have come to an end, I decided to sell the car and have done so. Luckily I found another brand of used car at a VW dealer, so it became a trade in. Didn´t want to sell it direct to another person.
Reliability
Never stopped for me.
Performance
Enough for that type of car.
Running Cost
Good fuel economy for such a large car.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

45

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

2.0 TDI SE

Year of registration

2015

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

33
Review
Second Sharan I have owned and this one is worse than the 62 plate I had, plus there are no obvious changes from the previous model. MPG is poor for such a car. Car is average to drive and more poorly equipped than its SEAT counterpart. I have never understood why Volkswagen don't do a performance one of these for the die hard GTI and R32 previous owners like me who now have a family and can't buy these cars anymore.
Reliability
Car is fairly reliable and is effected by the emissions scandal that VW still haven't sorted out and the blue additive seems to run out far too quickly
Performance

3 out of 5

Performance okay although with the car fully loaded could do with a bit more
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Don't get anywhere near the mpg advertised and likely never will

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Sharan 2.0 TDI

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Huge space, but not that much fun in a city, try to find a place to park. Good drive on highways in terms of comfort, but not sporty. Quality is not the expected VW quality, car has rost. Bluetooth is not working reliable with iphone. Sat NAV is slow (RNS315).

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

43
Review
It has never.given me any problems yet
Running Cost

3 out of 5

It is slightly less economical than my previous Saharan which was a surprise as it is lighter.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Semi Auto

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35
Review
Not a thing gone wrong at all.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

I have no problems at all. It's worth every penny.

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