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Volkswagen Sharan

SHARAN SHARE ALIKE (some text hidden)

By Jonathan Crouch

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

Ten Second Reviewword count: 78

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 smarter looks, greater efficiency and more connectivity. It's a car of its time.

Backgroundword count: 132

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 a well-judged package of recent changes that see family buyers getting extra technology and significant increases in efficiency.

Driving Experienceword count: 113

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 three 2.0-litre choices, offering either 115, 150 or 184PS. They 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.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

Combined mpg:

33.2

50.4

CO2 (g/km):

146

Extra urban mpg:

42.2

57.6

Insurance group:

14

25

Price:

25320

34790

Urban mpg:

24.4

42.2

Weight (kg):

1723

1804

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: MPV People Carriers

Performance
50%
Handling
70%
Comfort
70%
Space
80%
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