What Car? says...
If you’re in the market for a seven-seater car, you’ve never had more options than you do today. Seven seats used to mean MPVs only, like the Volkswagen Sharan, but now there are also a plethora of seven-seat SUVs out there, including the What Car? Large SUV award-winning Peugeot 5008. But while the world has gone nuts for SUVs because of their rugged looks and high driving positions, don’t discount the traditional MPV; often you get the same seating flexibility, a massive load bay and an open and airy-feeling interior.
So what are your other MPV options, then? Well, along with the Sharan you could take a look at the Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer, Ford Galaxy and another of our award-winning cars, the slightly smaller Volkswagen Touran, but there are also a bunch of van-based MPV alternatives. These tend to have a slightly commercial-vehicle patina, naturally, but also prove to be big on space for comparatively less cash. The Citroen Berlingo is our favourite of that brigade, but there are its sister models, the Peugeot Rifter and Vauxhall Combo Life, as well as the Ford Tourneo Connect. See, we weren’t joking about having options.
Getting back to the Sharan, it comes with a choice of petrol or diesel power and three different trim levels, with more than a few handy practical tricks up its sleeve – like sliding rear doors that you can open easily in a tight supermarket parking space.
But is it a truly great MPV? Are there better options? Read on over the next few pages to get our in-depth impressions of the Sharan, along with our recommendation for which engine and trim make the most sense. Plus, don’t forget to head to our New Car Buying page for all the best hassle-free deals on pretty much every new car on sale.