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Volkswagen overhauls Sharan people carrier

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Off-roaders may have become the family car of choice for many households, but Volkswagen thinks that there’s life in the old people carrier yet, having given its Sharan a complete overhaul.

The handsome MPV retains its family-friendly sliding rear doors, interior space for seven and high quality interior along with one petrol and three diesel engines. Prices now start at £26,300 for the entry-level petrol and rising to £36,280 for the range-topping diesel automatic version.

Three trim levels – S, SE, SEL – will be available. S trim includes new upholstery, steering wheel designs and a new touchscreen media system, along with three-zone air conditioning, Bluetooth phone connectivity and an automatic post-collision braking system.

SE trim adds front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, tinted rear windows and chrome roof rails, while SEL specification includes adaptive cruise control, which automatically maintains a safe distance behind the car in front, a panoramic sunroof, Alcantara upholstery and sat nav.

The new engines are up to 15 per cent more efficient than the previous Sharan, with the most economical versions being the 113bhp and 148bhp 2.0-litre diesels, which return claimed economy of 56.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 130g/km, warranting £110 annual car tax bills. A 182bhp 2.0-litre diesel and a 148bhp petrol motor will also be available. 

All engines, barring the least powerful diesel will also be available with the option of a six-speed manual gearbox or VW’s slick six-speed ‘DSG’ automatic gearbox.

The new Sharan MPV is now available to order with the first customer cars expected to be delivered in October.

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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