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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

This Sharan was never crash tested by Euro NCAP but the previous (and very similar) model was, receiving a three-out-of-five-star Euro NCAP rating which is now well below average. The safety organisation pointed out that the cabin was badly damaged in the frontal impact test and became structurally unstable, while the area around the driver was severely reduced.

There are six airbags and ESP stability control is optional on those models where it's not standard. Some have built-in child seats in the rear, which can also be used as a booster seat for youngsters. Deadlocks with remote central locking and an alarm and immobiliser are standard-fit security measures.

The Sharan comes with five individual seats in the back, so there's plenty of flexibility between carrying passengers and luggage. Each seat can fold down to allow larger items to be carried, but unlike many newer people carriers, they don't fold flat into the floor. The only way to really boost boot space is to remove them which isn't particularly easy - and you have to store them somewhere.

On the plus side, with all the seats out, there is a huge 2,610-litre load area - that's almost 50 per cent more than a Vauxhall Zafira. All three of the middle row of seats slides individually, but getting to the rearmost seats isn't particularly easy.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Sharan (00-10).

  • ABS
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Central locking
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

BlueMotion S equipment

BlueMotion S standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Service indicator
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
BlueMotion S optional equipment
None available

Carat equipment

Carat standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Central locking
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
Carat optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Service indicator
  • Steel wheels
S optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Service indicator
SE optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

SL equipment

SL standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Roof rails
SL optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Climate control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Parking sensors
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control