All-new Sharan unveiled

Volkswagen has opened the order book for its all-new Sharan with prices starting from £22,980 (RRP OTR) for the entry-level S 1.4-litre TSI model.

Volkswagen’s new MPV will come with a range of TSI petrol and TDI diesel engines, the majority of which are designated BlueMotion. The latter will have the stop-start system and also be equipped with battery regeneration systems to enhance economy and lower emissions.

Volkswagen Sharan

In the MPV market the flexibility of the seating system is particularly important and Volkswagen have a new system which they have dubbed EasyFold. Individual seats in the second and third rows can be stowed in the vehicle floor, rather than having to be removed from the vehicle when not needed. The aim is to make it even easier to switch the Sharan from people-carrying to load-carrying duties.

Like the front seats, the second row rear seats also adjust longitudinally and can be reclined up to 20 degrees. To get to the rearmost seats, Volkswagen say the middle row of seats can be folded forwards with one hand to allow access.

When in five-seat configuration the load space measures 1,339 litres, rising to 2,430 litres with seats folded.

Standard on all Sharans are twin rear sliding doors, adding to convenience and safety. These can be specified with electric operation if required.

Volkswagen say the focus on practicality hasn’t come at the expense of dynamic ability. The new Sharan can be specified with Adaptive Chassis Control (ACC) for the first time, allowing the driver to select from three damper settings – Comfort, Normal and Sport.

Additional convenience highlights include the optional second generation Park Assist system that allows the new Sharan to self-park in end-on as well as parallel spaces. They system takes over the steering inputs meaning all the driver has to do is operate the throttle and the brakes.

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