Published on December 4th, 2013 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Volkswagen Sharan_Class Best Family Transport


The Volkswagen Sharan comes to town with an interior and features that is class best. Volkswagen developed a totally new configuration of the interior for this all new Volkswagen Sharan. Thanks to the new EasyFold seating concept, the individual seats of the second and third row no longer need to be taken out in order to make use of the vehicle’s full flexibility, but instead get stowed away in the floor using an easy-to-operate folding mechanism. Like the front seats, the ones in the second row can also be moved forwards and backwards, while their tilt can be adjusted by 20 degrees. The redesigned rear seat headrests are both highly practical and safe. Not only can they can be fully extended in order to provide optimum protection even for tall passengers, but also pushed down almost flush with the top of the seat backs when not in use.

First row of seats (driver and front-seat passenger)

One of the great strengths of the first two generations of the Volkswagen Sharan was the upright, comfortable sitting position of driver and front-seat passenger. The development engineers have improved comfort on the new model still further. While keeping the seat height almost identical, this has been done by making the sitting position sportier. In conjunction with the extremely clear and elegant dashboard and the positions of the central armrest and gear lever, the best possible ergonomic sitting and driving position is thus assured at all times. For the first time, a 12-way electrically adjustable seat, including driver’s side memory function, is now also available for the Volkswagen Sharan.


Second row of seats

The ergonomic design of the seats has been completely revised. Take, as an example, the second row, i.e. the traditional back seats: this comprises individual seats that can be moved 160mm back and forth and which now provide much more legroom thanks to, among other changes, the height of the seats being increased by 58mm. The internal height, meanwhile, has stayed at the same level. An important point for families is that the two outer seats can again be ordered with an integrated child seat. They offer younger passengers optimum safety and comfort. The seats are suitable for children aged three and above. The seat’s surface is raised for the children via a simple mechanism, while adjustable seat sides hold them snugly in place. Side supports on the backrests (secured to the head rest guides) also ensure that they remain seated in the ideal position.

It is also very easy to fold down the second row and thus to create a level surface with the cargo floor: simply unlock the seat via a handle on the top of the back rest, fold it into the EasyFold position and let it slide down into the floor.

Third row of seats

Getting into the third row of seats has been made much easier. Firstly, the sliding doors open extremely wide and, secondly, the outer seats on the second row can be pushed forward and tilted. The EasyFold system has simply been supplemented here with an equally intuitive Easy Entry function, which creates ample room to reach the two additional seats in the Volkswagen Sharan – even for adults. In fact, while the two rear-most seats in MPVs of this size are generally reserved for children, the extended wheelbase (75mm longer at 2.92 metres) means that for most journeys these seats in the Volkswagen Sharan are comfortable for adults as well.


Boot / luggage area

No matter which of the seats in the back are folded down, what is produced here is always a totally level surface for loading in luggage. Even if just the third row of seats is folded down via the easy-to-use, single-hand mechanism, that alone provides a space 1.3 metres deep. Loaded up to the bottom edge of the window the luggage capacity is 711 litres. Thanks to an easily fitted mesh partition, the Volkswagen Sharan can alternatively be loaded right up to the roof without any safety concerns. The luggage capacity then increases to 1.167 litres.

The seats in the second row are folded down via an equally easy-to-use folding mechanism. This also produces a continuous luggage space, which – measured up to the backrests of the front seats – is 2.1 metres long. With the luggage area extended to this maximum length the capacity provided when loaded up to the roof is 2,297 litres. Moreover, using a cargo management system that has also been newly developed, the luggage can be securely held in place. The system consists of a net and two movable telescopic rails, which get anchored in the sidewalls. It also provides further retaining elements, allowing items such as bags to be held in place.

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