Sharan SE 2.0 TDI
15 years, the new generation
of VWs large seven-seat MPV,
the Sharan, is in the showrooms
and the only parts carried over are
the front sun visors!
THE DISTINCTIVE NEW VW FAMILY 'FACE' is used, giving the latest
Sharan a really modern appearance for what is an out-and-out people carrier.
Now, too, thanks to rear side sliding doors, access is much improved for middle
and rear row passengers.
Around 60 per cent of sales are projected to come from fleet customers and these
will include business chauffeur, taxi, private hire and minicab operators. Prices
range from £22,980 up to £31,680 and the main selling version, the 2.0-litre
TDI 138bhp turbodiesel with SE trim and equipment, costs £26,370.
The new Sharan is 220mm longer than the model it replaces. It's also 92mm wider
and 12mm lower. Yet despite the gains in size and functionality, the newcomer
weighs up to 30kg less than the model it replaces.
Key features of the new model include seven seats with a new EasyFold seating
concept, side sliding doors, a range of direct injection and highly economical
petrol and diesel engines as well as a high standard specification.
engines are available; two petrol and two diesel. The petrol options comprise
a 1.4-litre TSI developing 147bhp while returning 39.2mpg and emitting 167g/km
of CO2; and a 2.0-litre unit developing 197bhp mated to a standard DSG auto
gearbox which emits 198g/km of CO2 while returning 33.2mpg.
of the first class
and much improved
ride comfort and
sharp handling characteristics that
even with this large
The diesel range consists of two 2.0-litre common rail engines producing 138
and 167bhp. The main selling 2.0-litre TDI 138bhp has a combined fuel consumption
of 50.4mpg with 146g/km of CO2.
The 1.4-litre TSI and 2.0-litre TDI 138bhp manual versions are available from
launch, with other engine options following at the start of 2011. All Sharans,
except the petrol 197bhp variant, are designated BlueMotion Technology models
and feature Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems as standard.
Safety is a primary concern to drivers of people carriers and, reflecting this,
the Sharan comes well-equipped. Standard safety equipment on all models includes
ABS, Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP) and seven airbags with a knee
Four trim levels will be offered in the UK: S, SE, SEL and an Executive version
with six seats, aimed at the business market.
For maximum convenience, sliding doors are now standard and the EasyFold seating
system ensures easy access to the rear row of seats. What's more, priced at
£580, the second generation of Park Assist is also available on the Sharan.
Not only does the new system require less space to perform automatic parallel
parking manoeuvres, it also allows the Sharan to be parked in spaces at ninety
degrees to the kerb.
We drove the 2.0-litre TDI 138bhp SE with the six-speed manual 'box (the predicted
main seller), priced at £26,370. First impressions are of the first class and
much improved ride comfort and sharp handling characteristics that shine through
even with this large people carrier.
The equipment level, even for the SE version, is very high so electrically-operated
windows, mirrors, air conditioning and a DAB radio/sound system are just some
of the items included.
The styling looks really smart and business users or retail customers should
be happy to be seen driving an MPV. Importantly, the fold-flat seating is very
easy to use in its various combinations and if all rear seating is folded flat
there is a massive space for load carrying. It would double as a weekend family
vehicle and weekday workhorse really well.
Volkswagen Sharan SE 2.0 TDI | £26,370
Maximum speed: TBC mph | 0-62mph: TBC seconds | Overall MPG: 50.4mpg
Power: 138bhp | Torque: TBC lb ft | CO2 146g/km