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WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2180 g/km

Families ask a lot of their vehicles but few kinds of car can answer more of those questions than the large MPV. The Sharan is Volkswagen's idea of the ultimate big people carrier, with a variety of seating options and punchy yet economical engines. Sliding side doors enhance access and the seats themselves contort into a wide array of different layouts. This improved model gets extra connectivity. It's a car of its time.


Can Volkswagen's improved Sharan continue to vie for top spot in the large MPV class? Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

Families ask a lot of their vehicles but few kinds of car can answer more of those questions than the large MPV. The Sharan is Volkswagen's idea of the ultimate big people carrier, with a variety of seating options and punchy yet economical engines. Sliding side doors enhance access and the seats themselves contort into a wide array of different layouts. This improved model gets extra connectivity. It's a car of its time.


When the original Volkswagen Sharan was launched in 1995, there were far fewer options for car buyers looking to carry seven passengers than there are today. As the Sharan MK1 aged gracefully, the market sector it called home was being nibbled away at by family-sized 4x4s, large estate cars and even smaller compact MPVs with an extra pair of seats positioned in the boot. It's reached the stage where those with a super-sized family have a wealth of choice at their disposal, ranging from van-based utility to all terrain ruggedness and executive luxury. This second generation model aimed to make a strong case for traditional large MPV motoring and it's been usefully enhanced with extra equipment that sees family buyers getting extra navigation technology.

Driving Experience

The engine line-up opens with a 1.4-litre petrol, the idea of which might set alarm bells ringing in light of the Sharan's size and this unit's lack thereof. Fortunately, Volkswagen isn't offering this vast piece of automotive real estate with any old weak-willed 1.4. The powerplant in question is the Twincharger 1.4 TSI which generates 150PS with the aid of turbocharger and supercharger. Most owners though, will want a TDI diesel - and there are a couple of 2.0-litre choices, offering either 150 or 177PS. The 150PS variants come with manual gearboxes as standard but Volkswagen's DSG dual clutch automatic is available as an option and will make a lot of sense for many Sharan buyers, who have to have the auto with the 177PS derivatives. Anyone who tells you that a large-segment MPV is 'rewarding at the wheel' is either lying or being paid by the manufacturer concerned. This one though, is probably as nimble as it needs to be for its practical role in life. Yes, we'd like a bit more feedback from the steering but at least the car doesn't roll and wallow through the bends to the extent that a big van-based large MPV would do - Volkswagen's own Caravelle for example.

Design and Build

The practical looks of this MK2 Sharan are much as they've always been, housing impressive interior versatiliy. The styling is typical Volkswagen, uncomplicated but classy, and there's a conspicuously large glass area bringing plenty of light into the cabin while affording all occupants a good view out. Just because a vehicle has seven seats, it doesn't mean that seven adult-sized occupants can fit comfortably on board but this Sharan has the space that compact MPVs and large SUVs invariably lack. The rear doors slide back to give a wide access point to the second row of seats. Both these doors and the tailgate can be electrically powered for added convenience and access to the third row seating is improved by the Easy Entry function through which the outer seats in the second row tilt and slide forward in a single motion. The entire cabin - which features smart accents and materials - is based around the EasyFold seating system. This allows the three second row seats to slide back and forth individually to alter the legroom available. It also means that all of the rear seats can fold flat to the floor creating extra luggage space. As usual, there isn't a whole lot of luggage capacity with all the seats occupied but with the third-row folded down, a huge 711-litres is available up to the car's belt-line. A detachable mesh partition allows cargo to be stacked to the ceiling for a 1,167-litre capacity and with all the rear seats folded, a maximum of 2,297-litres is available. The cabin looks as solidly constructed as we've come to expect from Volkswagen with the now-smarter dashboard's controls being as clearly marked and simple to operate as you'll find anywhere.

Market and Model

Pricing sits mainly in the £30,000 to £38,000 bracket common to his class of car and trim levels run simply from 'S' to 'SE Nav' and on to 'SEL'. Most buyers will want the 7-seat layout but customers can also opt for a six-seater configuration, offering a 'business' layout with a pair of roomier seats in the second and third rows. The second generation of Volkswagen's modular infotainment platform is used in the Sharan offering a maximum level of connectivity. This was one of the first of the brand's vehicles to be equipped with "App Connect"; thanks to the MirrorLink, Android Auto (Google) and Car Play (Apple) systems that can nw be activated in-car, a wide variety of apps can be fed into this model's much improved infotainment system. Discover Navigation is standard across the range, as is a blind spot monitor with rear traffic alert including lane assist and dynamic road sign display. Safety provision is pretty complete too. Along with the standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically initiates braking after a collision if the driver is no longer able to intervene, numerous optional assistance systems are now available. They include the ambient traffic monitoring system 'Front Assist with integrated City Emergency Braking', the 'Lane Assist' lane-keeping assistant, 'Adaptive Cruise Control' system, the third generation of 'Park Assist' (for assisted parking and exiting from parking spaces) and the 'Blind Spot Monitor', which warns of vehicles in the blind spot when changing lanes.

Cost of Ownership

The petrol (TSI) and diesel (TDI) engines used here have a decent reputation for efficiency. These turbocharged direct-injection units all conform to the Euro-6d emissions standard. All engines may be combined with the agile 6-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG), which also enables a fuel-saving coasting function (which allows decoupling of the engine from the drivetrain when the driver's foot is taken off the accelerator pedal). Fuel economy is helped by a Stop-Start system and regenerative braking which help reduce the workload of the Sharan's engines. On to the figures. The 1.4-litre TSI petrol unit manages up to 36.2mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and 159g/km of NEDC-rated CO2. Switch to 2.0 TDI motoring and you'll find the entry-level 150PS unit will improve those figures to 44.8mpg and 135g/km. The 177PS 2.0 TDI model manages 40.4mpg and 147g/km. As ever, Sharan buyers can expect the usual sturdy VW residual values.


Whether you have a big family or a small one that makes big demands on your family car, Volkswagen's Sharan is designed to cope. It ticks the usual large MPV boxes with economical engines, a light and spacious cabin, a versatile seating system and good safety credentials. Buyers can also choose from a range of high-tech features and Volkswagen's simple, sturdy design is common throughout. There are more ways to carry lots of luggage or passengers than ever before but the Sharan has to be amongst the classiest ways to get the job done.

  • Rain sensor
  • Heated rear window
  • Intermittent rear wash/wipe
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Rear tinted glass 65% approx light absorbing from B pillar backwards
  • Front windscreen wiper with intermittent wipe and 4 position delay

  • Front ventilated disc brakes and rear disc brakes
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
  • Electronic stabilisation programme with electronic differential lock + traction control
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Automatic post collision braking system

  • Carpet mats - front, 2nd and 3rd row

  • Bluetooth telephone and audio connection for compatible devices
  • We Connect Go Dongle

  • Dynamic traffic sign recognition
  • Lane assist and camera controlled warning system
  • Front assist with city emergency braking and speed limiter
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Driver alert system
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Adaptive cruise control

  • Start/Stop function

  • Discover navigation system with 8.0" colour screen, radio/CD player,VW media control,TMC+, European map data with car-net guide and inform
  • Service interval indicator
  • Door/boot open warning light
  • Low washer fluid warning light
  • Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened

  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Body colour door mirrors with integrated indicators incorporating LED Technology

  • Triangle titan decorative inserts in dash centre console and front doors

  • Battery regeneration during braking
  • Stop/start function

  • Music playback - MP3, WMA and AAC files
  • Premium USB cable for Apple or Android smartphone compatibility
  • SMS Functionality
  • Simultaneous pairing of 2 compatible mobile devices
  • Title and cover art display
  • Multi device interface (MDI) with USB connection
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Auxiliary socket for external MP3 player
  • 2 USB charging points in 2nd row
  • SD card slot

  • Chrome louvres in grille
  • Load sill protection
  • Chrome trimmed side windows
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Chrome trimmed front air intake surrounds
  • Gloss black radiator grille

  • High level 3rd brake light
  • Dusk sensor + auto driving lights
  • Automatic coming/leaving home lighting function

  • Storage compartment in roof console
  • Folding front centre armrest + storage
  • Front seatback folding tables
  • Storage drawers under front seats
  • Retractable/removable luggage compartment cover
  • Lockable, illuminated, cooled glovebox
  • Storage compartment in 2nd row centre console
  • 2nd row outer seats floor storage compartment in footwell
  • Storage compartment in luggage compartment
  • Front cupholders x2 with covers
  • Storage compartment in rear doors
  • Luggage hooks
  • Front/rear door stowage bins
  • Through load system
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • 12V socket in centre console and luggage area
  • Centre dash storage with lid
  • Sun visors
  • Branded points of interest
  • Load lashing points in luggage compartment chrome plated and folding x 2, rigid x 2
  • 3 spoke multifunction leather steering wheel with gear knob, radio controls and multifunction computer
  • 2x Rear coat hooks

  • Luggage area lamp
  • Interior light with delay
  • LED reading lights

  • Curtain airbags for 1st/2nd/3rd rows
  • Tyre pressure loss indicator
  • Height adjustable front 3 point seatbelts + pretensioners
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • 3 point rear seatbelts
  • Door open warning reflectors
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Passenger airbag deactivation system
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Electronic child locks for rear doors and rear electric windows

  • 3 single seats foldable in 2nd row
  • 2 single seats foldable in 3rd row
  • Easy folding seating system 2nd and 3rd row seats
  • Electric adjustable driver's seat with backrest and lumbar support
  • Front passenger seat height + lumbar support
  • 5 Rear head restraint
  • Rear seat easy entry
  • Front comfort seats
  • Front seat back map pockets
  • 4 way adjustable front head restraints

  • Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Alarm with interior protection
  • Speed sensitive auto door locking (can be switched off)

  • Illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Self sealing tyres

  • Tyre mobility kit including compressor and sealing foam

  • CO2 (g/km): 156
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Noise Level dB(A): 72
  • CO: 0.275
  • HC: 0.057
  • NOx: 0.042
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 180
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 191
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 180

  • CC: 1395
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Combined (mpg): N
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 35.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 33.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 7.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 8.4

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: SE Nav
  • Coin Description: TSI
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 20E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 80
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 46
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 71
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 150
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.4
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - BHP: 150
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 10.7
  • Top Speed: 122
  • Engine Power - KW: 110
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5800
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 184
  • Engine Torque - NM: 250
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 25.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 215/60 R16
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: MEMPHIS
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/60 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY

  • Length: 4854
  • Width: 1904
  • Wheelbase: 2920
  • Width (including mirrors): 2081
  • Height: 1720
  • Height (including roof rails): 1740

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 256
  • No. of Seats: 7
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1709
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.9
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1628
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2300
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 70
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 672

  • Sports suspension: £265
  • Dynamic chassis control: £885

  • Car-Net App-Connect: £180
  • Voice activation: £195

  • Dynamic light assist: £385
  • Park assist / automated steering assist for parallel parking: £345
  • Side scan and radar sensor controlled warning system for lane change and blind spot with visual warning via light in door mirror housing: £375
  • Rear view camera: £340

  • Remote electric tailgate opening and push button electric closing: £530

  • Multifunction colour display: £190

  • Electric folding door mirrors with reverse activated kerb-view adjustment on passenger's door mirror: £150

  • 4 x 20 watt output with 8 speakers: Included

  • Power latching for manual rear sliding doors: £240
  • Chrome roof rails with load bars: £270
  • Electric sliding panoramic glass sunroof: £1,020
  • Electric sliding rear side doors: £680
  • Special solid paint: £385
  • Sliding rear side doors: Included
  • Chrome roof rails: Included
  • Metallic paint: £635
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Pearlescent paint: £635

  • High beam assist: £140
  • Halogen clear headlights, range adjustable with daytime running lights: Included
  • Static cornering function for front fog lights: £255
  • Bi-xenon headlights for low and high beam with LED separate daytime running lights including dynamic cornering light and headlight washers: £1,255

  • 3 Zone electronic climate control air conditioning for rear passenger: £125
  • 3 Zone electronic climate control with automatic air recirculation: Included

  • Retractable roller blind for rear side window: £105
  • Vienna leather upholstery + heated front seats + heated windscreen washer jets: £2,140
  • Cargo management system: £180
  • Stripes cloth upholstery: Included
  • Net partition: £230

  • Winter pack - Sharan: £220
  • Dynaudio excite sound pack - Sharan: £500

  • Metallic - Reflex silver: £635
  • Metallic - Indium grey: £635
  • Metallic - Atlantic blue: £635
  • Metallic - Dark Oak brown: £635

  • Pearl - Deep black: £635

  • Solid - Urano grey: £0

  • Special solid - Pure white: £385

  • 1 integrated child seat in 2nd row left: £230
  • 2 integrated child seats outer rear seats: £435
  • Isofix child seat preparation: Included

  • Keyless entry system with start/stop button on centre console: £390
  • Keyless entry system with start/stop button on centre console, electric tailgate handsfree boot opening and push button electric closing: £875

  • Towbar with electric swivel function: £935

  • Stripes cloth - Titan black: £0
  • Stripes cloth - Palladium grey: £0

  • Vienna leather upholstery - Bonanza/black + heated front seats + heated windscreen washer jets: £2,140
  • Vienna leather upholstery - Titan black + heated front seats + heated windscreen washer jets: £2,140

  • 18" Toulon alloy wheels with anti-theft wheel bolts and sports suspension: £1,440
  • 18" Marseille alloy wheels with anti-theft wheel bolts and sports suspension: £1,440
  • 16" Memphis alloy wheels with super low rolling resistance tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts: Included
  • 17" Stratford alloy wheels with anti-theft wheel bolts: £535

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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