Volkswagen’s seven-seat MPV gains more efficient petrol and diesel engines, as well as extra safety tech
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The Ford Galaxy and Peugeot 5008 rival gets more efficient engines, improved equipment levels and the most delicate of styling revamps. We’ve had a close-up look to see how it compares to the outgoing model.
2015 VW Sharan styling changes
From the outside, you’ll have to look very closely to notice anything new. The only real change at the front comes in the form of new headlight clusters. They remain the same shape as before, but now incorporate LED daytime running lamps. Likewise, the tail lights have been tweaked, bringing the design closer in line with the rest of the Volkswagen range.
The interior benefits from equally subtle upgrades: new trim accents add extra metallic flashes here and there, while new trim materials aim to improve quality – already a strong point of the Sharan. The instrument cluster features new graphics, and the updated infotainment system can incorporate Android and Apple compatible apps into its user interface.
Sharan engine upgrades
The most noticeable changes come in the form of engine upgrades. The petrol and diesel engines’ fuel economies have improved by as much as 15 per cent. Two petrol and three diesel units are offered: the entry-level 1.4-litre petrol is boosted by a turbocharger to put out 150hp, while the more powerful 2.0-litre turbo gains an extra 20hp to offer 220hp; we’re not sure whether UK buyers will plump for this option very often though because it’s likely to be thirsty.
Also offered is a 2.0-litre diesel unit, which comes in three states of tune. The 113hp and 177hp motors produce the same power as before, while the 148hp model is 10hp up on the old Sharan. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard fit across the range, and all but the entry-level diesel are optionally available with a six-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox.
Anything else I should know?
Volkswagen has added a few extra safety features to the Sharan’s inventory. A post-collision braking system is now fitted as standard – reducing the chance of a secondary impact after you’ve had a collision – while several other items have been added to the options list.
These include a Front Traffic Monitoring system which can automatically perform an emergency stop if a stationary vehicle is detected ahead, lane-keeping assist and blind spot monitoring systems, and adaptive cruise control. An upgraded park assist is capable of not only automatically parking the car in a tight space, but extracting itself too.
2015 Volkswagen Sharan prices
Prices have yet to be confirmed for the refreshed Sharan, but order books are due to open in April.