Cruising with the Family in a Volkswagen Sharan

About two weeks ago, I had the privilege to own the Volkswagen Sharan for a week, courtesy of Volkswagen Singapore. The car is a 7-seat MPV with a 2.0 TSI engine:

I will get to drive this for a week! How exciting! :)
I will get to drive this for a week! How exciting! 🙂

According to the sales representative from the Volkswagen Singapore showroom, the model is selling well in Singapore, with batches often sold out.

Rear view from the side
Rear view from the side

When Rachel and I went to collect the car at the Volkswagen showroom, our heads were filled with plans on how to best utilise the car’s spaciousness.

Rachel hatching plans on how best we can utilise the car for the week
Rachel hatching plans on how best we can utilise the car for the week

Before my son Asher was born, whenever we go out together with my side of the family or her side of the family (both of us have a younger sister), there will be five of us to fit nicely into a standard saloon car.

After Asher came along, my sister or Rachel’s sister will have to take public transport to sacrifice a seat for Asher and his bulky car seat.

With the Sharan, this no longer will be an issue:

The car is really spacious!

Loaded Asher into the car
Loaded Asher into the car – spacious?
There is still room for two more pax behind Asher!
There is still room for two more pax behind Asher!

Beside having a seven pax seating capacity, you can pack all sorts of camping gear, your bicycles and even a canoe into it. The last two seats in the last row are easily foldable to allow for more storage space if you are not carrying so many passengers.

Here is a wider picture that better depicts how much space there is inside the car
Here is a wider picture that better depicts how much space there is inside the car

The car is cleverly designed to let in more light with its large glass windows and a sun-roof, making the car appear even more spacious than it is for both the driver and passengers.

Pressing the electronic button to open up the car roof
Pressing the electronic button to open up the car roof
Panel to adjust the car roof
Panel to adjust the car roof
Asher showing off the open roof to his aunt
Asher showing off the open roof to his aunt
Asher with his aunt
Asher with his aunt
One problem I had with the Sharan was that Asher will get very upset every time I need to get him out of the car!
One problem I had with the Sharan was that Asher will get very upset every time I need to get him out of the car!

On the day when I returned the vehicle, I had to catch a flight to Seoul right after. I find it pretty amusing how small my luggage seemed when I packed it into the car boot as compared to a regular saloon car:

My luggage looks really small beside the Sharan
My luggage looks really small beside the Sharan
After loading my luggage into the car boot, there is still so much space
After loading my luggage into the car boot, there is still so much space

It feels great to be able to fit my wife Rachel, my 22-month-old son Asher, my parents and my sister into the same car with me and we still have room for one more person! I took everyone for a short spin on the first day when I collected the Sharan and the feedback from everyone was positive – the ride was smooth, quiet and there was lots of space for everyone in the car.

All the passenger seats are equipped with three-point seatbelts, which means that you can fit in up to six child restraints! The perfect car for those with large families.

The Sharan also comes with lots of automated and nifty tech features, including park assist with rear view camera, keyless igntion, electric handbrake, automated headlight adjustment, among many other cool stuff.

Using the car GPS to navigate around - it's pretty accurate and easy-to-use
Using the car GPS to navigate around – it’s pretty accurate and easy-to-use
It is a touchscreen btw - like how all screens ought to be these days
It is a touchscreen btw – like how all screens ought to be these days
Car dashboard
Car dashboard
All the buttons are lit, making them easier to locate even when you are driving at night or in a dark tunnel
All the buttons are lit, making them easier to locate even when you are driving at night or in a dark tunnel
Picking the radio station to listen to while cruising in the Sharan
Picking the radio station to listen to while cruising in the Sharan
Me driving the Sharan happily, chauffeuring my wife and son around
Me driving the Sharan happily, chauffeuring my wife and son around

Here is a video for a quick overview of the Sharan:

During the week when I had the car, I could hop on and drive off anytime easily, without having to fiddle with any buttons to switch on the aircon or even adjust the headlight since everything is automated. It made me feel lazy, but it also forged a personal connection between me and the car, as it seemed to intuitively understand what I wanted.

Happiness.
Happiness.

How was my experience driving the Sharan?

It felt very much like what this video depicts:

Exhilarating.

Making a turn - it doesn't feel heavy at all, despite the size of the car
Making a turn – it doesn’t feel heavy at all, despite the size of the car

The car is large and I was expecting it to handle like a bulky van when picking speed or cornering, instead, it purrs along fine like a smooth feline.

Me in the Sharan
Me in the Sharan

My son Asher loved the car so much he learned the word “Volkswagen”. Coincidentally, he has a die-cast VW model car which my dad bought for him sometime back. For some inexplicable reason, he was drawn to the car and picked it himself at the departmental store. He is able to associate the two together and recognises the circular Volkswagen logo.

When we first seated him in his car seat in the Sharan, he turned and pointed to the VW logo and said “Volkswagen” to me.

Asher pointing out the VW logo to me
Asher pointing out the VW logo to me

The few times when I drove him in the Sharan, he refused to get out of the car and would want to go for a longer spin! When I asked him if he preferred our current car or the Sharan, he replied without hesitating, “Volkswagen”! I kid you no.

Now I have to save up to get this car…

One converted Volkswagen Sharan fan, looking very pleased with himself with his car choice
One converted Volkswagen Sharan fan, looking very pleased with himself with his car choice

To find out more about the Volkswagen Sharan and purchasing information if you are interested to buy one or take a test drive, do visit the official Volkswagen Singapore website.

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