The practical Sharan provides plenty of room for up to seven passengers and an enormous cargo capacity. The Sharan also boasts lots of safety gear and is an ideal vehicle for large families.
The Sharan features expansive windows from front to back, providing good visibility and lots of natural light. Body-coloured door handles, (electrically heated and adjustable) door mirrors and bumpers are attractive features. Rear doors provide easy access for second and third-row passengers. Lighting includes range-adjustable headlights and a high-mounted brake light. SE grades add 16-inch Memphis alloy wheels and tinted glass in rear windows, while SEL trims come with 17-inch Sydney alloys, a panoramic sunroof and front fog lights.
Optimal driver comfort is provided by adjustable seating and an adjustable three-spoke steering wheel. The latter is leather-trimmed too. Power-assisted, speed-sensitive steering, an electronic parking brake, power-operated windows, a heated rear windscreen and three-zone climate control are among a range of standard features. Storage spaces include an illuminated, cooling and lockable glovebox, second-row compartments and bottle and cup holders. The Sharan possesses a 300-litre boot, the capacity of which expands to 2,297 litres with rear seats folded. SEL grades add Alcantara-upholstered front sports seats.
A 2.0-litre 113bhp diesel engine provides a fuel-efficient option, returning up to 56.5mpg and a 130g/km CO2 emission figure. Optimal performance is delivered by a 1.4-litre unit that produces 148bhp, 240Nm of torque and achieves 0-60mph in approximately ten seconds with a top speed of 124mph. Whenever the car comes to a halt, the Start/Stop system switches the engine off, preventing unnecessary fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
An eight-speaker sound system features DAB radio and a CD player. A multi-connective interface enables compatibility with a range of media devices. Driver aids include Electronic Stability Control and Anti-lock Braking System. Child-proof rear windows and doors, ISOFIX anchor points, automatic door locking, whiplash-minimising head restraints, seatbelt reminders and multiple airbags are some of the passive safety features included. An alarm and engine immobiliser help keep the Sharan secure. SE Nav trims add Cruise Control.
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You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to people carriers but Volkswagen’s Sharan has always been one of the best; we try the latest version.
There’s an element of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it with the latest Volkswagen Sharan. As far as visual changes go there’s new rear lights, a greater choice of alloy wheels and some new accessories, but it’s the changes elsewhere that are more important.
The engine range is updated with improvements in performance and efficiency as well as compliance with the latest Euro 6 regulations, while the infotainment options now include the desirable MirrorLink or Apple CarPlay. There’s also an increased range of safety systems to help keep you and your family in one piece.
The Sharan uses Volkswagen's tried-and-tested 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine, which here produces 148bhp and drives its power to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. The name of the game is economy here, which is why the Sharan will return a claimed 56.5mpg combined, while emitting 130g/km CO2.
It’s a complement to the Sharan that it doesn’t really feel like an MPV to drive. Other than the view out you soon forget you’re driving a relative large seven-seater; the driving position is good, the steering is accurate and minimal roll through the corners even if you’re hurrying along. More importantly it rides well and is refined on the move, so you and your passengers can relax in comfort. The 150PS diesel engine is relatively quiet and has plenty of torque, giving usefully brisk acceleration.
Your neighbours might not spot you own a new Sharan without checking the number plate, but the truth is it remains a classy and well-judged piece of design. MPVs are in essence boxes on wheels, so creating one that looks like something other than one of the Post Office’s finest efforts is no mean feat. It has the same discreet and robust look of a Golf but with a lot more space. The other advantage of wearing the well-respected VW badge is that you can drive an MPV and admit you’ve had to put family first whilst still retaining your good taste.
Without this an MPV is nothing but the Sharan remains as practical as a car of this size can be. For starters the high roof means headroom is plentiful and legroom is good whether you’re up front or in the back. The second and third rows are made up of individual seats too, so you can have varying combinations of people and luggage to suit pretty much any scenario. There’s also a wealth of accessories to suit whatever lifestyle excuse you use for dressing up in lycra every other weekend; you can even have an espresso maker…
The essentials are all there even if you go for the entry-level model, with seven seats as standard. All models also get the latest display screen too with its updated software. Better still you get three-zone climate control as standard to feed all three rows of seats, Bluetooth connectivity and Volkswagen’s post-collision braking system.
The Sharan’s versatility is its key asset, and that makes it a car that’s suitable for pretty much anyone. Of course it’s pretty much the ideal family wagon, even if you were mad enough to have five children. It’s also a good choice for those with limited mobility, as the big doors make getting in and out easy. And if you’re one of those crazy active lifestyle types it’s perfect for filling with expensive mountain bikes.
Volkswagen Sharan SE 2.0 TDI 150, £30,115
Engine: 2.0-litre diesel unit producing 148bhp and 340Nm of torque
Transmission: Six-speed manual gearbox driving the front wheels
Performance: Top speed 124mph, 0-62mph in 10.3 seconds
Economy: 56.5mpg combined
Emissions: 130g/km of CO2
|47 monthly payments of||£309.00|
|Retail cash price||£29,910.00|
|Acceptance fee ¹||£0.00|
|Optional final payment||£8,432.10|
|Option to purchase fee ²||£10.00|
|Total amount payable||£31,835.50|
|Total amount of credit||£21,039.60|
|Representative APR||3.3% APR|
|Rate of interest p.a.||2.9% fixed|
|Excess mileage charge||7.2p per mile|
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