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The Volkswagen Sharan is a true blue seven-seater that strikes a balance between performance and affordability.

30 Aug 2013

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While the German carmaker already has the Touran - a compact Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV) that was launched in 2003 to fill a gap in Volkswagen's model lineup - Volkswagen needed a full-size MPV to better complete its lineup.

Derived from a Persian word that means 'Carrier of Kings', the Sharan was first produced in 1995 and it went on to sell almost 670,000 units worldwide before the second generation succeeded it 15 years later. It was also the second generation Sharan that Singaporeans have come to love since it was launched here two years back.

Dotted LED daytime running lights add appeal to the car's looks


 
It was no surprise that the petrol variant that we tested a couple years back was an impressive performer. Thanks to its build quality, great looks and excellent driveability, the Sharan was the first MPV in many years that created a wave of good reviews globally.

Exterior

If you think MPVs are incapable of being passable for even the most fashionable young families, think again.

The Sharan is easily one of the best-looking MPVs in the market. The handsome and modernised styling is typical Volkswagen, with uncomplicated lines that doesn't look dull.

Big and clear headlamps, coupled with daytime running lights and a strong horizontal grille, give the front fascia a rather dominating and sleek look - something that most of its competitors are lacking.

Size 17 shoes don't look out of place on the Sharan


 
Measuring 4,854mm long, 1,904mm wide and 1,740mm tall, the Sharan is discreetly bigger than the Chevrolet Orlando but it looks neither too chunky nor too small. Perhaps the perfect proportions have to do with the Sharan's massive side windows, which give the car a lighter and airy appearance.

Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

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4-cylinder in-line TDI CR BlueMotion

Engine Cap

:

1968cc

Horsepower

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130kW (174 bhp) / 4200 rpm

Torque

:

380 Nm / 2500 rpm

Transmission

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6-speed (A) DSG

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

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9.6sec

Top Speed

:

206km/h

Fuel consumption

:

16.9 km/L

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