New Volkswagen Sharan test & Review

For twenty years, the Volkswagen Sharan offers a nice upgrade. What is a little better impose finally played on a segment?

The large MPV Volkswagen has just turned twenty. Launched in 1995, revamped in 2000, he returned us profoundly changed in 2003. This is the second generation, which is still sold over 200,000 units including 40,000 in France (a total of 800,000 copies since the launch of the model), which now benefits from an upgrade. We sometimes simultaneously the smallest Touran which is also changing. With the Golf Sportsvan, they represent the battalion of Wolfsburg minivans. Much longer with the Touran 4.85 m (4.53 m) and of course the Sportsvan (4.34 m), the large Sharan ambition is to travel at ease as many as seven people.

Volkswagen Sharan

For the 2015 vintage, the Volkswagen Sharan more opts for technological equipment, better comfort and a new range of safety systems and driver aids. Indeed externally developments are mainly limited to new 16-inch wheels (and optional up to 18 inches), signature LED headlamps for revisited and some changes in the LED rear lights also. In the cockpit also little change, an ironing board modified, a new steering wheel, a few hardware details, no changes ultimately and quickly found his marks in this large MPV. A particularly roomy vehicle with its forms very “square.”At Volkswagen, we like to remember, the goal is “first feature, then form the  vehicle.” The Sharan, which reaches 4,854 mm in length to 1,720 mm in height and 1,904 mm in width (and even 2.081 mm with outside mirrors), thus provides a very significant load volume – up to 2297 l as the new twin Seat Alhambra but less than the Ford Galaxy which displays 2339 liters – but also a great modularity. The two sliding side doors greatly facilitate boarding and the five rear seats, three seats divided into junior and two third, which are accessed elsewhere quite easily since they are raised in the second row and advance widely. For added comfort the rear seats of the second row are adjustable in depth and recline 20 degrees. Also thanks to EasyFold system, the seats of the 2nd and 3rd rows are erased on demand, but manually, to provide a flat load floor that can reach 3 meters (passenger seat lowered).

Volkswagen Sharan

Under the hood are also interesting developments. The e Sharan 2015 boasts decrease in consumption up to 14.3% thanks to its engines revisited. Vaillant and not too sound, TDI 115 hp perfectly fulfills its mission, but the TDI 150 hp thanks to its torque of 340 Nm delivered between 1750-3000 rev / min was much more pleasant especially coupled with very soft DSG 6-speed box. Both are advertised as low fuel consumption in standard (100 5,0L / km) and ultimately not much more energy on the road in real situations (7-8 liters measured mixed routes). The most demanding will turn to the high-end TDI namely 184 hp version, which also benefits from a maximum torque of 380 Nm at 1750 r / min. Whether with manual gearbox or 6-speed dual-clutch 6-speed ride comfort is then of very good level and the measured consumption (8,2l per 100 / km).

For this vintage, the Sharan is full of technology, driving assistance but also infotainment. Of particular interest, the anti-collision braking system is standard. He is assistant a perimeter monitoring system Front Assist with automatic emergency braking in town but also an adaptive cruise control ACC. Assist the Blind (Blind Spot Warning) is also present. And it easier to park large vehicles, VW offers attending 3rd generation parking maneuvers (assistance in and out of a parking space). The Sharan 2015 also stands out by an endowment “techno” generous with second-generation infotainment platform that includes a system “Discover Media” screen with 6.5 inch series.The Sharan also adopts the “App-Connect” which allows the vehicle to integrate the functions for smartphones “Mirror Link ™”, “Android ™ Auto” or Google “carplay ™” Apple. Connectivity solutions “Guide & Inform” Volkswagen Car Net or are also offered.

Volkswagen Sharan

Three trim levels are offered Trendline (seven airbags, automatic climate control, parking assistance, navigation and infotainment Discover Media, cruise control, start & stop, “fatige detection system”, ESP, ABS, …), Comfortline (fog, v ITRES rear and rear window tinted to 65%, based electrical conductor, …) and Carat (Front Assist, 17pouces wheels, adaptive cruise control …). L es Prices start at € 37,220 for a Sharan 2.0 TDI Trendline, € 40,060 for a 150 hp 2.0 TDI Comfortline in finishing with 6-speed gearbox. The rates not really democratic but fortunately the Sharan is catching up with a good level of equipment and very advanced options.

  • Price: from € 37,200 (115 hp TDI Trendline), € 43 670 TDI 184 hp DSG Comfortline 6)
  • Weight: 1772 kg (TDI 115 hp), 1841 (184 hp TDI DSG 6)
  • Speed: 184 km / h (TDI 115 hp), 213 km / h (184 hp TDI DSG 6)
  • 0-100 Km / h: 12.6 seconds (TDI 115 hp), 8 9 sec?. (TDI 184 hp DSG 6)

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