£28,605 - £36,955 Price range
42 - 56 MPG
Prices start from £28,605 and if you buy your new Sharan using carwow you can save £7,400 on average.
Exterior changes are limited to revised headlights and taillights with bright-shining LEDs as standard. Inside, the car’s been treated to VW’s latest 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a new steering wheel, softer interior plastics and refreshed seat upholstery.
The Sharan’s interior space is its main selling point, and the large sliding rear doors make it incredibly easy to get into the back of the car. It has seven seats, although only the front five are comfortable enough for adults. The rear two seats fold out from the boot, and are fine for smaller adults or kids. Boot space is impressive, even with the rear two seats in use.
Volkswagen has made the Sharan extremely easy to drive and it’s also very quiet at motorway speeds. Buyers get two diesel engines to choose from, both of which offer low runnings costs and have plenty of power to move the big MPV along even when it is fully loaded. There’s also a 1.4-litre petrol, but it doesn’t cope as well with the Sharan’s bulk.
Standard equipment includes climate control, alloy wheels and the new infotainment system. The revised car goes on sale in the second half of 2015. Check out our handy Volkswagen Sharan dimensions guide to see just how big it is inside and out.
Cheapest to buy: 1.4-litre S petrol
Cheapest to run: 2.0-litre SE 150hp diesel
Fastest model: 2.0-litre SE 185hp diesel
Most popular: 2.0-litre SE 150hp diesel
The biggest change made to the interior of the facelifted Sharan is its revised infotainment system. It offers a 6.5-inch touchscreen with a MirrorLink function that allows the system to mirror the display of your smartphone. For an extra £100, it is also compatible with the apps you have on your Android and Apple smartphone.
The dashboard remains as simple to use as it was in the pre-facelift model, but buyers now have three new trim finishes to choose from and top-of-the-range models can be specified with massaging front seats.
Volkswagen Sharan passenger space
Interior space is the Sharan’s forte and it has room for a maximum of seven people.
One of the Sharan’s biggest selling points is its sliding rear doors which make it easy to get in and out of the back, and simple to fit child seats. Volkswagen also offers integrated booster seats for £400. Although the three seats in the middle row offer plenty of room, and can be slid forwards and backwards independently of each other, the spare two seats in the boot are best reserved for children or shorter adults due to their tight headroom.
The car also offers numerous storage spaces including two large cubby holes in the roof.
Volkswagen Sharan boot space
Even with all seven seats in place, the Sharan has a 375-litre boot (about the same as a Volkswagen Golf), but that can be expanded to a maximum of 2,297 litres by folding away all the back seats. It’s easy to fold the seats away too, thanks to what VW calls an EasyFold system – this means you can hide each of the five rear seats in the car floor, turning the back of the Sharan into a big, van-like load bay.
Although it’s no sports car, the Volkswagen’s body doesn’t lean too much in corners, its suspension is soft enough to take the edge out of bumpy roads. The steering has a nice weight to it and feels accurate making it easy to drive quickly through a series of corners. If you’re looking for a more engaging drive, combined with a practical interior, its worth taking a Ford S-Max for a spin. Its genuinely fun to drive, but isn’t quite as roomy as the Sharan.
The Sharan’s even more at home on the motorway, though, where its engines provide plenty of power and its interior remains very quiet – with little wind or road noise.
To keep running costs low, the Sharan is available with two 2.0-litre diesel engines and a smaller 1.4-litre petrol.
Volkswagen Sharan diesel engines
One of the diesel engines makes the most sense in the Sharan, because they cope better than the petrol engine when the large MPV is fully loaded. The less powerful 148hp version is expected to be the bestseller because it has enough power to get the car from 0-62mph in 10.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 124mph – quick enough to mean it doesn’t need to work too hard on the motorway.
Fuel economy of 55mpg isn’t too bad in a car of the Sharan’s size and CO2 emissions of 132g/km mean road tax will set you back £130 a year.
The 182hp diesel can please the 0-62mph dash in 9.6 seconds and its extra power also translates into swifter motorway overtakes. It costs almost exactly the same as the cheaper 148hp diesel engine to tax and run.
Volkswagen Sharan petrol engine
The only petrol engine available in the UK is an 148hp 1.4-litre unit that can return fuel economy of 44mpg and will set you back £145 on annual road tax. It sprints from 0-62mph in 10.7 seconds, but struggles a little when the car is fully loaded with people and a luggage and doesn’t have the mid-range grunt that makes the diesel models better suited to high-speed overtakes.
Buyers can choose to fit their Sharans with six-speed manual or six-speed DSG automatic gearboxes.
The pre-facelift Volkswagen Sharan already has a five-star rating from Euro NCAP, but the updated version should be even safer.
For the first time the Sharan is available with an emergency automatic braking system that can automatically stop the car at speeds of up to 19mph. That should prevent accidents on city streets or in long queues of slow-moving motorway traffic. The system integrates into the active cruise control that can keep a safe distance from the car in front before returning to a pre-programmed cruising speed.
Also new to the Sharan is a self-park system that can manoeuvre the car into (and out of) tight spaces without the driver touching the steering wheel.
Finally, buyers can fit a system that warns the driver when another car is approaching in their blind spot – useful for changing lanes on the motorway with a car full of distracting children (or adults!).
The Sharan follows Volkswagen’s familiar S, SE, SE Nav and SEL trim levels. The base S model comes with climate control, Dab digital radio and not much more.
Volkswagen Sharan SE
The middle of the line SE model is in our opinion the one to go for because it comes with all the equipment you’ll ever need – an electric driver’s seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity and automatic wipers.
VOLKSWAGEN SHARAN SE Nav
No prizes for guessing that the SE Nav is exactly the same as the SE save for the inclusion of a sat-nav system. It is one of the best, with home buttons that make it easy to navigate through the menus and intuitive controls. It will also make the car more sellable when you come to trade it in.
Volkswagen Sharan SEL
SEL models sit at the top of the Sharan range, although it’s only really its 17-inch alloy wheels that give the game away.
That you’ve pushed the boat when specifying your Sharan becomes more clear when you get inside, where the SEL sports expensive-feeling Alcantara leather, plus a panoramic sunroof that lets lots of light into the cabin and helps make the VW an even more relaxing place to spend time. SEL models also come with Adaptive Cruise Control that makes long journeys a lot less draining and includes automatic emergency braking that boosts safety no end.
Critics agree that if you’re looking for a practical family MPV then the Volkswagen Sharan should be top of your shopping list.
Its interior offers plenty of space along with some clever features that make it easier to carry the family and their kit. It’s simple to drive and comes with a range of engines that is cheap to run. The raft of new safety equipment makes it all the more appealing to family car buyers.