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What kept you? 15 years after the Mk1, the new VW Sharan finally arrived with sliding doors and clever small engines. More car-like than its predecessor, it still features seven seats as standard. Fun fact: the Sharan is so named because it’s derived from a Persian term meaning ‘transport for kings.’ So there you go. For more information on the VW Sharan, click on our further stories on the links below.
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So discreet it’s almost invisible, the Sharan is a very competent people carrier. The rear doors slide, making life easier in tight parking spaces, and so does the middle row of seats to help you get to the rearmost pair of chairs. Both rear rows can fold flat into the floor. Despite VW’s protestations to the contrary, we defy average-sized adults to squeeze into the boot-mounted seats without first removing their knees though... We’d argue the Ford Galaxy is a slightly more appealing choice due to its less boxy styling and (relatively) more satisfying drive.
The one we’d buy
The one we’d avoid like the plague
The base S trim
Rivals to consider
Ford Galaxy, Ford S-Max, Seat Alhambra
Efficient engines, seven seats standard
Servicing costs could be pricey