Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

As you would expect, the interior is of good quality. The plastics are soft to touch and the layout is just like any other VW passenger car - very logical. The controls are within easy reach of the driver and although the dials may not be overly stylish, they are easy to navigate. The driving position is good and the steering column adjusts for reach and height.

It really is ‘so quiet’ in the new Sharan. Road roar from the tyres and wind noise is minimal because the cabin is so well insulated: the engine is barely audible at cruising speeds. The cabin is spacious and flagship and the standard-fit panoramic roof in the SEL adds to the bright and airy feel. All models are fitted with seven seats and all have raised sides to hold driver and passengers in place and in comfort.

The Adaptive Chassis Control (ACC) featuring electronically controlled pneumatic dampers makes its first appearance on the car and has certainly helped to improve the ride. There are three options to choose from depending on conditions – normal, comfort and sport - and will adjust the suspension settings to provide a firmer or softer ride depending on preference.