Car Reviews: Volkswagen Sharan 2.0 TDI CR SEL 7-seater – The AA

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Third row of is far from temporary 2.0-litre is a great all-rounder Refined and driving experience Sliding doors are a welcome addition

Uninspiring styling A-pillar restricts front visibility space restricted with row in place Sliding door take the edge off an otherwise design

First unveiled in and having been quietly away in the MPV sector using the basic architecture across two the Volkswagen Sharan was certainly due a The new model brings an all new configuration and fresh ideas to Volkswagen’s MPV

Having used the same and only revised versions of the body since 1995, the Sharan was among the most contenders for an upgrade. The new model has arrived with a shape and that conforms to the Volkswagen ethos, some fresh elements and making use of the latest of Volkswagen engines.

Available with the excellent TSI unit, a more powerful petrol turbo and two versions of the TDI unit, the Sharan offers technology across the range to effect. A choice of six-speed or six-speed DSG (standard for the 197bhp version) transmissions will families and professional drivers

Slightly longer and wider but lower than the outgoing the new Sharan boasts a less profile. Inside, customers can opt fo six or seats, with all variants a huge degree of practicality and in terms of seating and luggage

Sliding rear doors make there debut on the new Sharan model. As customers expect from the borderline Volkswagen brand, a range of are available across the three-trim line-up including a power for the side doors and tailgate and an version of the automated parking which can now deal with spaces, too.

Our verdict on the Volkswagen Sharan 2.0 TDI CR SEL

An enticing package for families and people-movers alike, the new Sharan more up-to-date styling and to the Volkswagen MPV range. The sliding doors are a key feature and the economy through stop-start is an additional The reserved styling is as hard to as it is to get excited about, and the practicality win many fans.


models are under-cut in price by rivals, but traditionally strong values help take op of the slack. The efficient 2.0-litre TDI offers good fuel aided by the standard stop-start Insurance groupings should be but run flat tyres will not be to replace.

Space and practicality

A very body with an adaptable means the Sharan scores for practicality. The seats can be folded in configurations to offer different and luggage combinations. Individual can also be moved to provide legroom for those behind.

some part-time seven-seaters, the is capable of accepting adults in its additional row. In the front, options are plentiful, with an glovebox in the central dash-top.

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Seven airbags, including one for the knee, and Isofix child mounting points with a Top system in the second and third row appease parents. Belt are also available for the second row of accompanying the standard application in the Parents can opt for a seatbelt warning that gives a visual of who’s latched in.

Power sliding doors an anti-pinch feature and ESP is standard.


The 138bhp version of the diesel engine offers an middle ground, with than enough power and to pull a full quotient of but impressive fuel consumption and low emissions. Volkswagen has worked on the chassis and body to deliver making for a responsive and predictable Adaptive chassis control it debut on the Sharan, allowing to choose between sport, and comfort modes – but the is minimal.

The DSG gearbox works as part of the competent and relaxing

Family car appeal

First car appeal

Quality and

Volkswagen’s reputation for building reliable and well finished is excellent and the Sharan is unlikely to do any damage. Impeccably put together and out it has a feeling of solidity. The reserved is unlikely to turn heads and it feels a little plain too, particularly in darker shades.


The sliding doors, which can be upgraded to versions if required, take to another level in the Sharan offering a huge portal and entry and exit from spaces. The second row of seats has designed to fold forward a distance with minimal aiding access to the third The boot door is also a size.

Stereo and ICE (In car entertainment)

The four-speaker CD and radio audio can be upgraded to include a touchscreen and multimedia system common to the range. Easy to operate in the Sharan, carefully positioned for of use. The wheel-mounted audio of the SEL model are an additional benefit.

Third row access is excellent

and trim

Smart but somewhat the Sharan exterior looks in silvers and greys. Fortunately, of the colour options available, are just that. Brown, blue and white are also

The standard cloth trim is of a quality but the SEL model benefits Alcantara seat trim and a of leather, as well as chrome trim and 17-inch alloy

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