Master Oh Toh: Continental family mover

POSTED BY Dinesh Appavu ON 17 September 2014

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Dear Master Oh Toh,

I would appreciate your views on the Volkswagen Sharan 2.0TSI with regards to reliability, safety and driving. I always been a fan of Japanese makes when it comes to cars and MPV – this is mainly for reliability and maintenance considerations. However, after I test drove the Sharan this year, I like the power delivery and its design. I’m seriously considering it for my next purchase early next year.

Syed Nasir

Reply: The Volkswagen Sharan is quite an accomplished continental MPV and will not disappoint you with regards to the three aspects that you have mentioned; reliability, safety and driving.

From a driving point of view, it comes with a proven 2.0-litre TSI mill that is mated to a six-speed DSG transmission and returns just under 200hp with a fuel efficiency of 8.5l/100km. Furthermore, it comes with a multi-link rear suspension that supposedly offers improved handling.

As for safety, it comes with a five star Euro NCAP rating as well as nine airbags, ABS, EBD, stability control and Isofix anchorage points for all five rear seats. Now that Volkswagen are having their ‘High 5 to 5 Freebies’ campaign that offers a five years warranty, five years mobility guarantee, a RM500 petrol voucher, five years of free road tax and five years of free maintenance. However, the offer ends on 31 October 2014 so it does not tally with your timeline to purchase it.

On the other hand, I would strongly recommend you have a look at the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso. Just like the Sharan, it is a fantastic continental MPV that offers much more value for money.

The Blue HDI diesel mill is more fuel efficient at 4.6l/100km and has more torque to lug around heavier loads, two aspects that can be appreciated in a family mover. Granted, it is a little smaller but the interior is a wonderful place to be in and comes with some amazing technology features such as the integrated touch screen controls for things like the air-conditioning and radio.

It does lose out in airbags count (seven against the Sharan’s nine) but still has a five star Euro NCAP rating and all the same electronic safety nannies to soothe your nerves. The rest of the interior’s arrangement is largely similar to the Sharan.

The biggest consideration personally is the price. The Grand C4 Picasso is priced at a hair under RM185,000 while the Sharan is much dearer at RM274,000. That represents a saving of almost RM90,000.

If money is no object and the Sharan has all you need, do go for it as you will not be let down but I would recommend the Citroen as it is almost as much car as the Volkswagen but at a much more affordable price.


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