Sharan

For more than 20 years the Sharan has been delivering exceptional practicality, comfort and value to owners wanting to super-size their Volkswagen ownership experience. The second-generation model was launched in 2010 and received a substantial engineering, specification and technology update in 2015 – reinforcing its position as one of the most capable and comfortable large MPVs in the sector.

Versatility has always been at the heart of Sharan design, and the current model showcases Volkswagen’s intelligent thinking and famed attention to detail. Key features include seven seats with the EasyFold seating concept as standard and twin side sliding doors. All five rear seats can either be folded flat or stowed under the floor, providing a huge number of configurations to owners. And with load volumes ranging from 300 to 2,297 litres, the Sharan is the perfect accessory to modern family life.

The 2016 Sharan also introduces a host of safety and driver assistance systems – further boosting its credentials as the perfect family car. Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, Bluetooth phone connection and three-zone Climatronic air conditioning are standard across the Sharan range, while advanced features including Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Front Assist with City Emergency Braking are available on certain grades and as options. And for those looking to take the hassle out of urban parking manoeuvres, Volkswagen’s acclaimed Park Assist is available as an option.

Sharan passengers also benefit from Volkswagen’s latest latest-generation touchscreen MIB infotainment systems with smartphone integration. All models in the range are equipped with touchscreen systems as standard, with SE Nav and SEL models equipped with Discover Navigation system as standard. Passengers can also integrate their smartphones into the new infotainment systems. Thanks to an optional Car-Net ‘App Connect’ system, owners of Apple and Android handsets can enjoy full integration through CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink interfaces.

The Sharan features a range of advanced drivetrains, with four engines – one petrol and three diesels – available, alongside the option of a six-speed DSG on most models. Power outputs range from 115 to 184 PS, with all four delivering lower emissions and improved fuel economy over the units previously offered. The entry-level engine is a 2.0-litre TDI with 115 PS that is available in S trim only. Moving up the range customers have the choice of a 1.4-litre TSI and a 2.0-litre TDI – both with 150 PS – while at the top is a 2.0-litre TDI with 184 PS. The latter is equipped with an XDS electronic differential as standard.

Reinforcing Volkswagen’s commitment to producing economical vehicles, all Sharans feature Start/Stop technology and a brake energy recuperation system as standard.

The design of the Sharan follows Volkswagen ‘design DNA’. It incorporates a familiar ‘face’ with powerful horizontal lines and neatly integrated headlamps that accentuate its generous width. The sculpted sides and gently flared wheel arches help deliver a smooth look while the near rear end – incorporating LED tail lights as standard – is equally distinctive.

Four trim levels are offered in the UK: S, SE, SE Navigation and SEL. All four enjoy high levels of specification along with a range of new interior upholsteries and steering wheel designs introduced as part of the 2015 update package.

The Sharan is built, like the previous generations, at the Volkswagen Autoeuropa plant in Palmela, Portugal alongside the Scirocco and Eos. In 2016, Volkswagen UK sold 3,053 units.

Summary

  • Unveiled at Geneva Motor Show in March 2015, 20 years after the original made its debut in 1995. The current model is a substantially updated version of the second-generation model that went on sale in 2010. To date, more than 200,000 units of the second-generation have been sold and over 800,000 Sharan models in total.
  • The Sharan features a high specification and an advanced engine range that meets EU6 standards. They are up to 15 per cent more fuel efficient than the engines they replaced
  • Second-generation model was the first Sharan to benefit from the EasyFold seating concept and side sliding doors. Both of these key user-friendly features are carried over to the current model
  • Unlike in Europe, all UK models come as standard with seven seats
  • Four trim levels are available in the UK: S, SE, SE Navigation and SEL
  • Second-generation colour touchscreen MIB infotainment systems are standard across the range. Also standard are an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, Bluetooth phone connection and three-zone Climatronic air conditioning
  • SE trim gain chrome roof rails and tinted rear glass, front and rear parking sensors and cruise control among other items
  • SE Navigation models are based on SE trim and add Discover Navigation with CarNet ‘Guide & Inform’
  • Range-topping SEL trim features Front Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control (first in class), panoramic sunroof, Alcantara upholstery and Discover Navigation with CarNet ‘Guide & Inform’
  • Four engines are available in the Sharan: one petrol and three diesel, ranging in power from 115 to 184 PS. All are EU6 compliant, more efficient and have improved CO2 emissions over the units they replaced
  • Entry-level engine is a 2.0-litre TDI with 115 PS (available in S trim and with a six-speed manual ’box only). Moving up the range customers have the choice of a 1.4-litre TSI and a 2.0-litre TDI, both with 150 PS; while at the top is a 2.0-litre TDI with 184 PS. These are available with a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed DSG gearboxes
  • All engines have Start/Stop technology and a battery regeneration system. Diesels are fitted with an oxidation catalytic converter and diesel particulate filter complete with SCR system (Selective Catalytic Reduction). This converts the nitrogen oxide (NOx) in the exhaust gas into nitrogen (N2) and water (H2O) using AdBlue which is stored in a 17-litre tank below the luggage compartment
  • A total of 3,053 Sharans were sold in the UK in 2016, around 70 per cent of which went to the fleet market
  • The Sharan continues to be built at the AutoEuropa plant in Palmela, Portugal

Production

The Sharan is produced at Volkswagen’s Autoeuropa plant in Palmela, Portugal, alongside the Scirocco model.

Autoeuropa represents the biggest foreign industrial investment in Portugal and is one of the most modern car production units in Europe. The plant covers a total area of 2,000,000 square metres, of which 1,100,000 sq m are dedicated to production, and the remaining 900,000 sq m to the nearby industrial park. A total of 653 suppliers provide parts to Volkswagen Autoeuropa, using the ‘just in time’ production philosophy. The plant produces around 240 vehicles per day.

The Autoeuropa plant was founded in 1991, as a 50/50 joint venture agreement between Ford and Volkswagen. Production then began in 1995 of the Volkswagen Sharan, Ford Galaxy and SEAT Alhambra. In 1999, Volkswagen assumed full ownership of the plant. By 2003, the factory had produced one million MPVs.

 

DESIGN

Matching form with function has always been a cornerstone of Volkswagen’s design philosophy. With a history of building family-friendly seven-seaters that extends back to the very first camper vans of the early 1950s, Volkswagen’s knowledge and pedigree is unrivalled. As a result, the Sharan showcases Volkswagen’s passion for design and ingenuity - both inside and out.

Exterior

Fully integrating Volkswagen ‘design-DNA’ matrix, the Sharan’s exterior styling is defined by clear, horizontal lines, and flowing surfaces that are both striking yet elegant. At the front, the dual headlights incorporated into the V-contour of the bonnet are subdivided into a larger area with dipped and main beam lights and a narrow lower section with daytime running and indicator lights. The chrome-plated masking plates guide the horizontal lines of the front end into the headlights and give the Sharan a more concise overall appearance.

On models equipped with optional bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running and position lights are included within the headlamp module. It is made up of 15 individual LEDs arranged to form a distinctive ‘light signature’ within the module. The bi-xenon headlights are also equipped with dynamic cornering lights and a motorway function that automatically activates the lights at speeds above around 70 mph.

At the back, the Sharan’s rear look is just as clearly structured as that of the front. The dominant visual elements are the concise roof-edge spoiler, the deep tailgate (sill height: 0.67 m) and large rear lights which incorporate LED technology.

As an option, the Sharan’s boot can be specified with an electric opening and closing function. In this case, opening and closing are controlled by a button in the tailgate handle, a switch on the centre console or a button on the remote control key. Like the electrically-controlled side sliding doors, the electric tailgate is also equipped with pinch protection. One advantage of the electric-powered option is that it makes opening and closing of the tailgate much easier for smaller adults (height from ground is 1.89 m).

Side sliding doors

All Sharans are equipped with two rear sliding doors as standard and offer far easier access to the rear compartment than conventional hinged doors. These can be specified with power assisted opening and closing mechanism for the ultimate in easy loading.

To prevent accidental damage, if the fuel filler cap is open, the sliding door on the right cannot be opened from inside the vehicle in either the electric or manual version. Both door versions include electric windows and fully retractable side windows.

To enhance practicality, the door handles are located to the left and right of the B-pillar. This allows either the driver or passenger to open the front or rear door with a single hand movement and without changing position – a feature that is certain to appeal to buyers with small children!

The sliding doors each glide on three rails that run in the door sill area, in the side panel above the rear wheel housing and in the roof frame. The rail in the roof frame is housed in a separate box that protects it from the elements. The entirely free-standing B-pillars, which are visible when the front door and sliding door are opened, highlight the Sharan’s exceptional construction quality.

An important safety feature of the electric sliding doors is that opening and closing can be stopped at any time. A self-locking drive system is used, so the door is securely held in place even on a hill. In addition, the electric sliding doors not only have a powerful drive but a power closing assist function integrated in the latch mechanism which securely closes the sliding doors even if the seals are iced. The doors are equipped with an efficient pinch control system.

The Sharan is one of the few vehicles of this type to have two protective systems working in parallel. The first is located at the front edge of the sliding doors where a pinch protection strip in the seal reacts to any detected pressure. The second protective system is implemented by an algorithm in the controller, which continually compares the ratio of the drive’s electrical current draw with the door’s drive speed to detect an obstacle. If one of the doors encounters an object while closing, it automatically stops and reverses. If an obstacle is detected while opening, it stops immediately. In addition, a warning signal sounds whenever the doors are being closed.

Aerodynamics

The Sharan is one of the world’s most fuel-efficient MPVs and this is thanks not only to efficient engines but also aerodynamics. The aerodynamic properties of the Sharan were studied and perfected in an early stage of development using computational flow analysis. The results fed directly into the design of the first models, while in the next stage, aerodynamic specialists and designers refined the details further.

The A-pillars, for example, incorporate an optimised water-trapping profile that diverts the air flow from the windscreen to the side windows with low losses. In parallel, the aerodynamics of the mirrors and their mounts were fine-tuned, resulting in a design that offers very little resistance to the wind, produces little wind noise and maintains the cleanliness of the mirrors. They also reduce water flow over the side windows when driving in rain, further improving visibility and safety.

Aerodynamic parameters even influenced the design of the side skirts. They optimise air flow over the rear wheels, minimising drag. The spoiler and underbody panels are also designed to direct the flow of air under the Sharan with low losses, reducing drag and improving the cooling of the powertrain and brakes. In the rear, a roof spoiler reduces air turbulence.

Interior

Like the exterior, the interior features a horizontal layout, with a distinctive trim running between its upper and lower sections from the driver’s side to the passenger’s side. All materials used in the new Sharan’s cabin are of a high quality, with new upholstery options available as part of the 2015 update.

The centre console has been consciously ‘pulled out’ a considerable distance towards the gearshift lever as well as raised up, so that it lies within an ideal operating radius for the driver and passenger. It houses the various second-generation touchscreen infotainment systems plus controls for the climate control system.

As customers have come to expect from Volkswagen, the Sharan is both practical and highly versatile. Thanks to the brand’s acclaimed EasyFold seat concept, individual seats of the second and third seating rows don’t need to be removed from the vehicle when not needed; they can simply be stowed on the vehicle floor with an easy-to-use folding mechanism. Like the front seats, the second row rear seats also adjust longitudinally and offer backrest angles of up to 20 degrees.

The individual seats here can be adjusted 160 mm fore and aft, while the outer two seats can be ordered with integrated child seats that offer younger passengers (aged three and above) optimal safety and comfort. A simple mechanism is used to adjust the vertical height of the seating surface for children, while special lateral seat supports hold them snugly in place. When the Sharan is ordered with a child seat, that seating position is automatically equipped with a belt tensioner. The seats in the second and third rows are all equipped with Isofix brackets to mount detachable child seats. The sliding doors can also be ordered with sun shades to protect small children in the second seating row from sunlight.

Stowing the middle row seats to create a level cargo floor is a simple operation. Pulling the seat backrest handle folds the backrest onto the seat surface and allows the seat base to lower effortlessly into the footwell.

Getting into the Sharan’s third row of seats is easy thanks to wide-opening sliding doors an Easy Entry function that enables the outer seats on the second row to be pushed forward and tilted.

While the two rear seats in MPVs are generally reserved for children, the Sharan’s long wheelbase (2.92 m) means that adults can ride comfortably in these seats over moderate distances. Maximum headroom in the third row is 945 mm.

Boot space

The Sharan offers a totally level load space – regardless of how many seat rows are folded flat.

If just the third row of seats is folded down (with the easy-to-use, one-handed mechanism), a space 1.3 m deep is available. Loaded to the top edge of the seat backrests, luggage capacity is 711 litres. Thanks to an easily fitted mesh partition, the Sharan can be loaded up to the roof without any safety concerns. In this case, the luggage capacity increases to 1,167 litres.

If the seats in the second row are stowed, this produces a continuous luggage space, which – measured to the backrests of the front seats – is 2.1 m long. With the luggage area extended to this maximum length, the seven-seater’s cargo capacity, loaded to the roof, is up to 2,297 litres.

Storage

Whether it is used for family or for business, the Sharan is an exceptionally practical MPV. Nowhere is this more obvious than in its array of storage compartments. These are located in the doors, the roof liner, under the front seats and in front of the second row seats as well as in the luggage space. When the optional cargo management system is included, the Sharan has up to 33 different storage options. Typical of this is the large storage bin on the dashboard that has a volume of 3.2 litres.

ENGINES AND DRIVETRAINS

The Sharan is available with a choice of four engines: one petrol – a 1.4-litre TSI 150 PS unit – and three 2.0-litre TDI diesels with outputs of 115, 150 and 184 PS. All are full Euro6 compliant and equipped with six-speed manual gearboxes as standard. A six-speed DSG automatic is available on all engines except the 2.0-litre TDI 115 PS unit.

All Sharan engines incorporate Start/Stop and brake energy recuperation systems in order to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.

Start/Stop

The Sharan’s automatic Start/Stop system is operated through the clutch pedal. When coming to a halt at traffic lights, for example, the driver depresses the clutch and selects neutral. When the clutch is released, the engine shuts down and a ‘Start / Stop’ symbol illuminates on the multifunction display. In order to move away, the driver simply depresses the clutch once again to select first gear and the engine restarts automatically. On DSG variants, the engine shuts down and restarts in response to the brake pedal. The system can be deactivated through a switch, if necessary.

Brake energy recuperation

A brake energy recuperation system helps to utilise energy that would otherwise be lost during braking. In deceleration and braking phases, the alternator’s voltage is boosted and used for bulk recharging of the car’s battery. Thanks to alternator control, it is possible to lower alternator voltage, for example during deceleration or driving at a constant speed. It is even possible to switch off the alternator entirely to reduce engine load and improve fuel consumption.

Petrol engine

1.4-litre TSI, 1390 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 150 PS

This engine produces 150 PS at 5,000 rpm and 250 Nm (185 lbs ft) of torque from 1,500, offering flexible and impressive performance. It has a zero to 62 mph time of 9.9 seconds and a top speed of 124mph (DSG - 123mph). Combined economy for the six-speed manual version is 43.5 mpg with the six-speed DSG gearbox returning 42.2mpg. CO2 emissions are 150g/km for the manual gearbox and 156g/km for the DSG.

Diesel engines

All diesel-powered Sharans use Volkswagen’s common rail technology, ensuring they are frugal, clean and quiet in operation. Naturally they all comply with Euro6 emissions standards.

The Sharan uses an SCR (selective catalytic reduction) catalytic converter together with an additive, the synthetically-produced, water-based urea solution containing 32.5 per cent urea, AdBlue. Together, SCR and AdBlue lead to a significant reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions. ‘Selective’ refers to the way the catalytic converter selectively converts nitrogen oxide (NOx) components in the exhaust system into nitrogen and water without producing undesirable by-products.

Stored in an auxiliary 17 litre tank housed in the left wheelhousing, the AdBlue solution is continuously sprayed into the exhaust gas, upstream of the SCR catalytic converter. The rate of spray is metered via engine management according to the mass flow rate of the exhaust gas using a NOx sensor downstream of the SCR catalytic converter. Atomised into a fine vapour through a screen, the urea in the AdBlue is converted in the hot exhaust gas upstream of the catalytic converter, reacting with the nitrogen oxides and splitting them into nitrogen and water.

AdBlue is water-based, non-toxic, odour-free and biodegradable, and on average, 0.1 litres of AdBlue are used per 100 km (62 miles). AdBlue is refilled as part of the standard servicing regime.

All Sharan TDIs also feature an oxidation catalytic converter and diesel particulate filter (DPF) to reduce other potentially harmful emissions. The DPF is self-regenerating and requires no routine maintenance.

2.0-litre TDI common rail engine

Fuel injection for the Sharan’s three 1,968 cc diesel engines is handled by the latest generation common rail system, with up to 1,800 bar injection pressure and special injection nozzles delivering especially fine atomisation of the fuel. Control of the eight-hole injection nozzles is achieved by the latest generation of piezo in-line injectors. Electrically-controlled piezo crystals, assisted by a hydraulic element, inject the right amount of fuel in just fractions of a second.

2.0-litre 1,968 cc TDI, 16-valve 4-cyl, 115 PS

The entry-level diesel engine offered in the Sharan offers a fine combination of performance, frugality and value. This 2.0-litre unit produces 115 PS from 3,500rpm, and 280Nm (207lb ft) of torque between 1,750 and 3,000 rpm. Standstill to 62 mph takes 12.6 seconds and top speed is 114mph. It also rewards drivers with 56.5 mpg on the combined cycle while emitting 130 g/km of carbon dioxide. This engine is only available with a six-speed manual transmission.

2.0-litre TDI, 1968 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 150 PS

The 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS engine produces 150 PS at 3,500 rpm and 340Nm (252lbs ft) of torque from 1,750 rpm. It is available with a six-speed manual or DSG automatic gearbox. It has a zero to 62 mph time of 10.3 seconds and a top speed of 124 mph (123 DSG). Despite its strong performance credentials, fuel consumption remains impressive with a combined figure of 56.5 mpg (54.3 DSG) and CO2 emissions of 130 g/km (136 DSG) for SE and SE Nav models. SEL models have combined mpg of 55.4mpg (54.3 DSG) and CO2 emissions of 132g/km (137 DSG).

2.0-litre 1,968 cc TDI, 16-valve 4-cyl, 184 PS

The most powerful engine in the Sharan line-up, this adaptation of the 2.0-litre TDI engine produces 184 PS at 3,500 rpm and 380Nm (280lb ft) of torque from 1,750 to 3,000 rpm. It is equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard and is available with a six-speed DSG as an option. Thanks to its high output, the 2.0-litre 184 PS engine delivers exceptional performance, completing the zero to 62mph sprint in just 8.9 seconds and posting a top speed of 136mph (132 DSG). Equally impressive are this engine’s economy figures. Combined fuel consumption for SE and SE Nav models is 53.3mpg for both the manual and DSG variant, while CO2 emissions are just 138g/km for both transmission options. SEL models have CO2 figures of 139g/km (both manual and DSG).

Gearboxes

Six-speed manual

All Sharans come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. This transmission has a magnesium shift housing, is cable-operated and has short lever movements, with three-cone synchromesh for the lower gears ensuring a pleasant shift action. Reduced-friction bearings further increase the gearbox’s efficiency and cut fuel consumption.

DSG – Direct Shift Gearbox

The Sharan’s DSG gearbox option combines the comfort of an automatic gearbox with the agility and economy of a manual unit.

The six-speed, transversely mounted DSG has two wet clutches (offering a higher thermal load tolerance than dry clutches) with hydraulic pressure regulation. One clutch controls the ‘odd’ gears plus reverse, while the other operates the ‘even’ gears. Essentially it is two gearboxes in one.

This combination enables the next-higher gear ratio to remain engaged but on standby until it is actually selected. In other words, if the car is being driven in third gear, fourth is selected but not yet activated. As soon as the ideal shift point is reached, the clutch on the third-gear side opens, the other clutch closes and fourth gear engages under accurate electronic supervision. Since the opening and closing actions of the two clutches overlap, a smooth gearshift results and the entire shift process is completed in less than four-hundredths of a second.

XDS electronic differential

Fitted as standard to the 2.0-litre TDI 184 PS engine, the XDS electronic differential lock responds to the unloading of the front wheel on the inside of the corner when cornering fast. XDS applies pressure from the ESC hydraulics to the inside wheel to prevent it from spinning. This improves traction and reduces the tendency to understeer. The level of pressure applied ranges from approximately 5 to 15 bar. The impression when driving is similar to that of a limited-slip differential in toned-down form. The precise, one-sided build-up of brake pressure makes cornering even sportier, quicker and more accurate.

Servicing

Volkswagen offers customers a choice on how their Sharan is serviced. The appropriate selection is entirely dependent on how the car is likely to be driven and its general use.

The Fixed Service is recommended for vehicles that will cover less than 10,000 miles in 12 months and if the vehicle is likely to be used in the following way:

  • Predominantly urban driving, short journeys with frequent cold starts.
  • Activities regularly producing high engine loading, e.g. frequent hill climbs, driving with vehicle fully loaded and towing.
  • Uneconomical driving style using high rpms with heavy acceleration and heavy braking.

The service intervals for the Fixed Service are as follows:

Oil change service – After 1 year or 10,000 miles (15,000km), whichever is soonest.

Inspection service – First after 2 years or 20,000 miles (30,000km), then every one year or 20,000 miles (30,000km), whichever is soonest.

The Flexible Service is recommended for vehicles with daily mileage of more than 25 miles where the vehicle is driven regularly mainly on longer distance journeys. The vehicle is driven mainly at a constant speed with minimum vehicle and engine loading, minimal towing and driven in an economical manner. With the Flexible Service the vehicle can cover anywhere between 10,000 and a maximum of 20,000 miles or 24 months (whichever is soonest) between oil changes.

The service intervals for the Flexible Service are as follows:

Oil change service – According to flexible service interval display (after 2 years at the latest).

Inspection service – First after 2 years

SAFETY AND CHASSIS

Suspension

The Sharan features strut-type suspension system at the front and a four-link axle at the rear, permitting the greatest combination of comfort and stability to be achieved. To guarantee the required payloads, certain axle components such as the subframe and suspension links of the rear axle are reinforced.

Steering

The Sharan is fitted with an electro-hydraulic steering system. Unlike some similar steering systems, the Sharan’s is able to vary the steering feel to suit the speed and driving situation – firm and direct when driving hard, effortless at parking speeds. Other advantages of the system include its mild self-centring action, its ability to compensate for different driving hazards such as crosswinds and steep road cambers, and a beneficial effect on fuel economy.

Braking system

Standard equipment on all Sharans is Volkswagen’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with counter steering support, which includes an anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic differential lock (EDL), traction control (ASR) and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA).

Restraint systems

The Sharan’s passive safety was optimised by innovative restraint systems. These include seven airbags (driver and front passenger airbags, two side airbags in the first seating rows, two side curtain airbags between the A- and D-pillars and one knee airbag on the driver’s side), as well as Isofix child seat mounts plus three-point belts for all occupants. The second seating row can be optionally equipped with integrated child seats.

Standard on all Sharans is a Seat Belt Reminder (SBR) system for monitoring the front seatbelts. On the passenger side, this is networked with the seat’s occupancy status: if the front passenger seat is occupied at a vehicle speed over 25 km/h (c. 15 mph), and the seatbelt is detected as unlatched, acoustic and visual warnings are given. The SBR system also gives the driver an overview in the multifunction display of whether rear passengers have fastened their seatbelts.

The airbag system in the Sharan consists of an airbag controller with three internal sensors in the front area of the underbody tunnel, a front sensor in the area of the bonnet latch bracket, and four satellite sensors for side crash detection. In the event of a crash the system not only triggers the airbags, but also communicates with other control modules to activate the hazard warning lights, unlock the doors, turn on the interior lights and deactivate the fuel pump. An additional front sensor enables even earlier crash detection, contributing to optimal performance of the restraint systems. To detect a side collision, an accelerometer is positioned at the transition node from the B-pillar to the side sill on each side of the vehicle, and another in the lower area of the C-pillar. This layout enables detection of collisions affecting the rear area of the vehicle as well.

Driver assistance systems

Automatic Post-Collision Braking System (standard on all Sharan models)

Studies have found that around a quarter of all traffic accidents involving personal injury are multiple collision incidents, in other words, when there is a second impact after the initial collision.

The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System automatically brakes the vehicle when it is involved in an accident in order significantly to reduce its residual kinetic energy and hence prevent or minimise the severity of a subsequent collision.

Triggering of the system is based on detection of a primary collision by the airbag sensors. Vehicle braking is limited by the ESC control unit to a maximum deceleration rate of 0.6 g. This value matches the deceleration level of Front Assist and ensures that the driver can take over handling of the car even in case of automatic braking.

The driver can ‘override’ the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System at any time; for example, if the system recognises that the driver is accelerating, it is disabled. The system is also deactivated if the driver initiates hard braking at an even higher rate of deceleration. Essentially, the system applies the brakes until a vehicle speed of 10 km/h (c. 6 mph) is reached, so this residual vehicle speed can be used to steer to a safe location after the braking process.

Driver Alert system (SE and above)

The Sharan’s Driver Alert system does not work in the same way as those from other manufacturers that monitor eye movements. Instead, for the first 15 minutes of a journey the system analyses the driver’s characteristic steering and driving behaviour. Further into the journey the system continually evaluates signals such as steering angle, use of pedals and transverse acceleration. If the monitored parameters indicate a deviation from the initial behaviour recorded at the beginning of the trip, then waning concentration is assumed and warnings issued.

The system warns the driver with an acoustic signal lasting five seconds, while a visual message also appears in the instrument cluster recommending a break. If the driver does not take a break within the next 15 minutes, the warning is repeated.

This assistance system cannot detect so-called ‘microsleep’ but instead focuses on detecting early phases of lapses in concentration. This means it is much less costly than an eye movement monitoring based system – and also still functions when the driver is wearing sunglasses or driving in the dark.

Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking (standard on SEL)

This system uses a radar sensor integrated into the front of the car to detect distance from the car in front, maintain a preselected speed and automatically brake or accelerate in traffic.

ACC operates over a speed range from 30 to 160 km/h (approx. 18 to 99 mph) with a manual gearbox and with DSG. In vehicles with DSG, ACC intervenes to such an extent that the car may be slowed to a standstill, depending on the situation. It may also automatically pull away in stop-and-go traffic. ACC maintains a preselected speed and a defined distance to the vehicle ahead, and it automatically brakes or accelerates in flowing traffic. The system dynamics can by individually varied by selecting one of the driving programmes from the driver profile selector.

Front Assist works like ACC with the radar sensor integrated into the front of the car, which continually monitors the distance to the traffic ahead. Even with ACC switched off, Front Assist helps assists the driver in critical situations by preconditioning the brake system and alerting the driver to any required reactions by means of visual and audible warnings. If the driver fails to brake hard enough, the system automatically generates sufficient braking force to help avoid a collision.

Should the driver, meanwhile, not react at all, Front Assist automatically slows the car so that under optimal conditions the speed of any impact is minimised. The system also assists the driver by an alert if the car is getting too close to the vehicle in front. The City Emergency Braking function is also part of Front Assist.

City Emergency Braking is a system extension of Front Assist and scans the area in front of the car via radar sensor. It operates at speeds below 30 km/h (approx. 18 mph). If the car is in danger of colliding with a vehicle driving or parked up ahead and the driver does not react, the brake system is preconditioned in the same way as with Front Assist. If the driver fails to intervene, City Emergency Braking then automatically initiates hard braking to reduce the severity of the impact. In addition, if the driver is initiating braking, but fails to press the brake pedal sufficiently, the system will assist with maximum braking power.

Park Assist

This highly advanced system makes parallel parking significantly easier and also helps you

reverse park into a space at 90 degrees to the kerb. Once the vehicle is in reverse, the driver simply operates the pedals and keeps a good look out while manoeuvring, while the new Sharan steers itself into the chosen space. Optional on all SE and SEL models. Optional Park Assist which also includes front and rear parking sensors is available on S models.

Infotainment systems

The Sharan is the latest Volkswagen to feature the brand’s new-generation infotainment systems. The technology includes Car-Net ‘App-Connect’, that enables users to display and operate certified smartphone apps via the USB connection on the infotainment’s touch-screen.

Composition Media system (standard on S and SE models)

The Composition Media system is equipped with a 6.5 inch colour touchscreen that displays the DAB digital radio information, title and cover art display and, for compatible Android smartphones, the SMS functionality which allows users to read, compose and send SMS messages using the touch-screen display while the vehicle is stationary. Bluetooth telephone and audio connection now allows simultaneous pairing of two compatible mobile devices, while USB connection for compatible products, SD card reader and single CD player allows music playback from MP3, WMA and AAC files through 8 speakers with 4 x 20 watt output.

The optional Car-Net ‘App-Connect’ combines three innovative technologies that allow users to bring compatible smartphone apps onto the infotainment system’s touchscreen. In addition to the established MirrorLink™ apps, Apple CarPlay’ and Google Android Auto are also available. As such, Volkswagen is the first manufacturer to offer a choice of three interfaces to connect users smartphones. This means users no longer have to be without the practical assistance of their smartphones when they’re behind the wheel.

All users have to do is simply connect their compatible smartphone via USB connection and the system will allow display and operation of certified apps while driving, including audio and voice control (if supported by the app).

Discover Navigation system (standard on SE Nav and SEL)

The Discover Navigation system builds on the functionality of the Composition Media system with even more features that allow users to manage not only their music, but also navigation data and a broad range of vehicle information. The system offers preloaded European navigation data, 2D/3D map view, three calculated route choices (Fast, Short and Eco), dynamic navigation based on TMC+, branded points of interest and Speed Limit Display.

The Discover Navigation system comes with 3-year’s Car-Net ‘Guide and Inform’ access as standard. This features makes it possible for users to get up to date traffic information, route guidance and transfer public and personal points of interest to the navigation system. The service also includes information for fuel pricing, parking space availability, weather and news feeds.

DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS

Automatic Post-Collision Braking System (standard on all Sharan models)

Studies have found that around a quarter of all traffic accidents involving personal injury are multiple collision incidents, in other words, when there is a second impact after the initial collision.

The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System automatically brakes the vehicle when it is involved in an accident in order significantly to reduce its residual kinetic energy and hence prevent or minimise the severity of a subsequent collision.

Triggering of the system is based on detection of a primary collision by the airbag sensors. Vehicle braking is limited by the ESC control unit to a maximum deceleration rate of 0.6 g. This value matches the deceleration level of Front Assist and ensures that the driver can take over handling of the car even in case of automatic braking.

The driver can ‘override’ the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System at any time; for example, if the system recognises that the driver is accelerating, it is disabled. The system is also deactivated if the driver initiates hard braking at an even higher rate of deceleration. Essentially, the system applies the brakes until a vehicle speed of 10 km/h is reached, so this residual vehicle speed can be used to steer to a safe location after the braking process.

Driver Alert system (SE and above)

The Sharan’s Driver Alert system does not work in the same way as those from other manufacturers that monitor eye movements. Instead, for the first 15 minutes of a journey the system analyses the driver’s characteristic steering and driving behaviour. Further into the journey the system continually evaluates signals such as steering angle, use of pedals and transverse acceleration. If the monitored parameters indicate a deviation from the initial behaviour recorded at the beginning of the trip, then waning concentration is assumed and warnings issued.

The system warns the driver with an acoustic signal lasting five seconds, while a visual message also appears in the instrument cluster recommending a break. If the driver does not take a break within the next 15 minutes, the warning is repeated.

This assistance system cannot detect so-called ‘microsleep’ but instead focuses on detecting early phases of lapses in concentration. This means it is much less costly than an eye movement monitoring based system – and also still functions when the driver is wearing sunglasses or driving in the dark.

Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking (standard on SEL)

This system uses a radar sensor integrated into the front of the car to detect distance from the car in front, maintain a preselected speed and automatically brake or accelerate in traffic.

ACC operates over a speed range from 30 to 160 km/h (approx. 18 to 99 mph) with a manual gearbox and with DSG. In vehicles with DSG, ACC intervenes to such an extent that the car may be slowed to a standstill, depending on the situation. It may also automatically pull away in stop-and-go traffic. ACC maintains a preselected speed and a defined distance to the vehicle ahead, and it automatically brakes or accelerates in flowing traffic. The system dynamics can by individually varied by selecting one of the driving programmes from the driver profile selector.

Front Assist works like ACC with the radar sensor integrated into the front of the car, which continually monitors the distance to the traffic ahead. Even with ACC switched off, Front Assist helps assists the driver in critical situations by preconditioning the brake system and alerting the driver to any required reactions by means of visual and audible warnings. If the driver fails to brake hard enough, the system automatically generates sufficient braking force to help avoid a collision.

Should the driver, meanwhile, not react at all, Front Assist automatically slows the car so that under optimal conditions the speed of any impact is minimised. The system also assists the driver by an alert if the car is getting too close to the vehicle in front. The City Emergency Braking function is also part of Front Assist.

City Emergency Braking is a system extension of Front Assist and scans the area in front of the car via radar sensor. It operates at speeds below 30 km/h (approx. 18 mph). If the car is in danger of colliding with a vehicle driving or parked up ahead and the driver does not react, the brake system is preconditioned in the same way as with Front Assist. If the driver fails to intervene, City Emergency Braking then automatically initiates hard braking to reduce the severity of the impact. In addition, if the driver is initiating braking, but fails to press the brake pedal sufficiently, the system will assist with maximum braking power.

Park Assist

This highly advanced system makes parallel parking significantly easier and also helps you

reverse park into a space at 90 degrees to the kerb. Once the vehicle is in reverse, the driver simply operates the pedals and keeps a good look out while manoeuvring, while the new Sharan steers itself into the chosen space. Optional on all SE and SEL models. Optional Park Assist which also includes front and rear parking sensors is available on S models.

EQUIPMENT AND TRIM

The Sharan is offered in four different trim levels: S, SE, SE Navigation and SEL. Key items of specification for each trim level are shown below:

Standard equipment on Sharan S models includes:

Wheels and tyres

• 4 x 6½J x 16-inch steel wheels with 205/60 R16 self-sealing tyres

• Full size wheel trims

• Tyre mobility kit including compressor and sealing foam

Exterior

• Body-coloured door mirrors with integrated indicators incorporating LED technology

• Sliding rear doors

Interior

• Leather trimmed three-spoke steering wheel and gear knob

• Load lashing points in luggage compartment, chrome-plated and folding x 2, rigid x 2

• Luggage compartment cover, retractable and removable

• ‘Matt Chrome’ decorative inserts in dash, centre console and front doors

• ‘Campus’ cloth upholstery

• Driver’s and front passenger’s seat height adjustment

• Easy folding seating system, 2nd and 3rd row seats

• Floor storage compartment in footwell, 2nd row, outer seats

• 3 single seats in 2nd row, foldable

• 2 single seats in 3rd row, foldable

• Storage compartment in roof console

In-car entertainment

• Composition Media system

      – 6.5-inch colour touchscreen

      – Bluetooth telephone and audio connection for compatible devices

      – DAB digital radio receiver

      – Music playback from MP3, WMA and AAC files

      – SD card reader

      – Simultaneous pairing of 2 compatible mobile devices

      – Single CD player

      – SMS functionality – read, compose and send SMS messages using touch-screen display

         (when stationary, compatible Android smartphones only)

      – Title and cover art display

      – USB connection (compatible products only)

      – 4 x 20 watt output

      – 8 speakers, front and rear

Safety and security

• ABS (Anti-lock Braking System)with HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)

• Airbags

• Curtain airbag system, front and rear passengers

• Driver’s knee airbag

• Front seat side impact airbags

• Automatic Post-Collision Braking System

• ESC (Electronic Stability Control) including EDL (Electronic Differential Lock) and ASR (Traction Control)

• Isofix child seat preparation (for 3 child seats in 2nd row seats) 2

• Tyre pressure loss indicator

Comfort and convenience

• Climate control – 3Zone electronic air conditioning with automatic air recirculation

• Rain sensor and automatic dimming interior rear-view mirror

Driver’s assistance

• Battery regeneration (recuperation – energy recovery during braking)

• Electronic parking brake – with auto hold function

• Start/Stop function

SE models add (in addition to S):

Wheels and tyres

• 4 x 6½J x 16-inch ‘Memphis’ with 215/60 R16 self-sealing tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts

Exterior

• Chrome side window surrounds

• Chrome trimmed front air intake grille surround

• ‘Gloss Black’ radiator grille with chrome trimmed radiator grille louvres

• Rear tinted glass from B pillar backwards, approx. 65% tinted

• Roof rails, chrome-plated

Interior

• Leather trimmed three-spoke multifunction steering wheel

• ‘Stripes’ cloth upholstery

• Driver’s and front passenger’s under seat drawer

• Driver’s seat with electrically adjustable backrest and lumbar support

• Front comfort seats

• Folding tables on rear of front seats

• Front passenger’s seat with height and lumbar adjustment

• Front seat back storage pockets

• Steering wheel including paddle shift (auto DSG only)

• Storage area with lid, dash centre

• ‘Triangle titan’ decorative inserts in dash, centre console and front doors

In-car entertainment

• MDI (Multi Device Interface), via USB connection – compatible products only

Safety and security

• XDS electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling (2.0 TDI 184 PS only)

Driver’s assistance

• Cruise control

• Driver Alert system

• Front Assist with City emergency braking system and speed limiter

• Parking sensors, front and rear

SE Navigation models add (In addition to SE)

In-car entertainment

• Discover Navigation system (in addition to Composition Media system)

        – Branded points of interest

        – Dynamic navigation based on TMC+

        – Preloaded European navigation data

        – Speed Limit Display

        – Three route options (Fast, Short, Eco)

        – 2D/3D map view

• Car-Net ‘Guide and Inform’ – 3-year subscription

– Providing online access to a range of useful information such as traffic, fuel pricing, parking space ?  availability, weather and news feeds

SEL models add (over SE)

Wheels and tyres

• 4 x 7J x 17-inch ‘Sydney’ with 225/50 R17 self-sealing tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts

Exterior

• Front fog lights with static cornering function

• Panoramic sunroof

Interior

• Coat hanger

• Footwell illumination in front and 2nd row

• Alcantara seat centre section with ‘Vienna’ leather side bolsters

• Front sport seats

• Heated front seats

• ‘Titanium Silver’ look decorative inserts in dash, centre console and front doors

In-car entertainment

• Discover Navigation system (in addition to Composition Media system)

      – Branded points of interest

      – Dynamic navigation based on TMC+

      – Preloaded European navigation data

      – Speed Limit Display 1

      – Three route options (Fast, Short, Eco)

      – 2D/3D map view

• Car-Net ‘Guide and Inform’ – 3-year subscription

– Providing online access to a range of useful information such as traffic, fuel pricing, parking spaces

Safety and security

• Entry/warning lights in all doors

• XDS electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling (2.0 TDI 184 PS only)

Comfort and convenience

• Heated windscreen washer jets

Driver’s assistance

• Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), including Front Assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitoring ?system,

• City emergency braking system, cruise control and speed limiter

Line-up and insurance groups

Thanks to its impressive security and safety features, the Sharan has secured the following insurance group ratings from the ABI (Association of British Insurers):

S

1.4-litre TSI 150 PS                 19E
2.0-litre TDI 115 PS                 15E
2.0-litre TDI 150PS                  19E

SE

1.4-litre TSI 150 PS                 20E
2.0-litre TDI 150 PS                 19E
2.0-litre TDI 184 PS                 23E

SE Nav

1.4-litre TSI 150 PS                 20E
2.0-litre TDI 150 PS                 20E
2.0-litre TDI 184 PS                 23E

SEL

2.0-litre TDI 150 PS                 18E
2.0-litre TDI 184 PS                 21E

WARRANTIES

The Sharan has a three year (first and second year manufacturer operated, third year retailer operated) mechanical warranty. In addition, it comes with a class-leading 12 year anti-perforation guarantee, three year paint warranty and a year’s membership of Volkswagen Assistance. The latter can be extended at minimal cost to the customer.

For more than 20 years the Sharan has been delivering exceptional practicality, comfort and value to owners wanting to super-size their Volkswagen ownership experience. The second-generation model was launched in 2010 and received a substantial engineering, specification and technology update in 2015 – reinforcing its position as one of the most capable and comfortable large MPVs in the sector.

Versatility has always been at the heart of Sharan design, and the current model showcases Volkswagen’s intelligent thinking and famed attention to detail. Key features include seven seats with the EasyFold seating concept as standard and twin side sliding doors. All five rear seats can either be folded flat or stowed under the floor, providing a huge number of configurations to owners. And with load volumes ranging from 300 to 2,297 litres, the Sharan is the perfect accessory to modern family life.

The 2016 Sharan also introduces a host of safety and driver assistance systems – further boosting its credentials as the perfect family car. Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, Bluetooth phone connection and three-zone Climatronic air conditioning are standard across the Sharan range, while advanced features including Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Front Assist with City Emergency Braking are available on certain grades and as options. And for those looking to take the hassle out of urban parking manoeuvres, Volkswagen’s acclaimed Park Assist is available as an option.

Sharan passengers also benefit from Volkswagen’s latest latest-generation touchscreen MIB infotainment systems with smartphone integration. All models in the range are equipped with touchscreen systems as standard, with SE Nav and SEL models equipped with Discover Navigation system as standard. Passengers can also integrate their smartphones into the new infotainment systems. Thanks to an optional Car-Net ‘App Connect’ system, owners of Apple and Android handsets can enjoy full integration through CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink interfaces.

The Sharan features a range of advanced drivetrains, with four engines – one petrol and three diesels – available, alongside the option of a six-speed DSG on most models. Power outputs range from 115 to 184 PS, with all four delivering lower emissions and improved fuel economy over the units previously offered. The entry-level engine is a 2.0-litre TDI with 115 PS that is available in S trim only. Moving up the range customers have the choice of a 1.4-litre TSI and a 2.0-litre TDI – both with 150 PS – while at the top is a 2.0-litre TDI with 184 PS. The latter is equipped with an XDS electronic differential as standard.

Reinforcing Volkswagen’s commitment to producing economical vehicles, all Sharans feature Start/Stop technology and a brake energy recuperation system as standard.

The design of the Sharan follows Volkswagen ‘design DNA’. It incorporates a familiar ‘face’ with powerful horizontal lines and neatly integrated headlamps that accentuate its generous width. The sculpted sides and gently flared wheel arches help deliver a smooth look while the near rear end – incorporating LED tail lights as standard – is equally distinctive.

Four trim levels are offered in the UK: S, SE, SE Navigation and SEL. All four enjoy high levels of specification along with a range of new interior upholsteries and steering wheel designs introduced as part of the 2015 update package.

The Sharan is built, like the previous generations, at the Volkswagen Autoeuropa plant in Palmela, Portugal alongside the Scirocco and Eos. In 2016, Volkswagen UK sold 3,053 units.

Summary

  • Unveiled at Geneva Motor Show in March 2015, 20 years after the original made its debut in 1995. The current model is a substantially updated version of the second-generation model that went on sale in 2010. To date, more than 200,000 units of the second-generation have been sold and over 800,000 Sharan models in total.
  • The Sharan features a high specification and an advanced engine range that meets EU6 standards. They are up to 15 per cent more fuel efficient than the engines they replaced
  • Second-generation model was the first Sharan to benefit from the EasyFold seating concept and side sliding doors. Both of these key user-friendly features are carried over to the current model
  • Unlike in Europe, all UK models come as standard with seven seats
  • Four trim levels are available in the UK: S, SE, SE Navigation and SEL
  • Second-generation colour touchscreen MIB infotainment systems are standard across the range. Also standard are an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, Bluetooth phone connection and three-zone Climatronic air conditioning
  • SE trim gain chrome roof rails and tinted rear glass, front and rear parking sensors and cruise control among other items
  • SE Navigation models are based on SE trim and add Discover Navigation with CarNet ‘Guide & Inform’
  • Range-topping SEL trim features Front Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control (first in class), panoramic sunroof, Alcantara upholstery and Discover Navigation with CarNet ‘Guide & Inform’
  • Four engines are available in the Sharan: one petrol and three diesel, ranging in power from 115 to 184 PS. All are EU6 compliant, more efficient and have improved CO2 emissions over the units they replaced
  • Entry-level engine is a 2.0-litre TDI with 115 PS (available in S trim and with a six-speed manual ’box only). Moving up the range customers have the choice of a 1.4-litre TSI and a 2.0-litre TDI, both with 150 PS; while at the top is a 2.0-litre TDI with 184 PS. These are available with a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed DSG gearboxes
  • All engines have Start/Stop technology and a battery regeneration system. Diesels are fitted with an oxidation catalytic converter and diesel particulate filter complete with SCR system (Selective Catalytic Reduction). This converts the nitrogen oxide (NOx) in the exhaust gas into nitrogen (N2) and water (H2O) using AdBlue which is stored in a 17-litre tank below the luggage compartment
  • A total of 3,053 Sharans were sold in the UK in 2016, around 70 per cent of which went to the fleet market
  • The Sharan continues to be built at the AutoEuropa plant in Palmela, Portugal

Production

The Sharan is produced at Volkswagen’s Autoeuropa plant in Palmela, Portugal, alongside the Scirocco model.

Autoeuropa represents the biggest foreign industrial investment in Portugal and is one of the most modern car production units in Europe. The plant covers a total area of 2,000,000 square metres, of which 1,100,000 sq m are dedicated to production, and the remaining 900,000 sq m to the nearby industrial park. A total of 653 suppliers provide parts to Volkswagen Autoeuropa, using the ‘just in time’ production philosophy. The plant produces around 240 vehicles per day.

The Autoeuropa plant was founded in 1991, as a 50/50 joint venture agreement between Ford and Volkswagen. Production then began in 1995 of the Volkswagen Sharan, Ford Galaxy and SEAT Alhambra. In 1999, Volkswagen assumed full ownership of the plant. By 2003, the factory had produced one million MPVs.

 

DESIGN

Matching form with function has always been a cornerstone of Volkswagen’s design philosophy. With a history of building family-friendly seven-seaters that extends back to the very first camper vans of the early 1950s, Volkswagen’s knowledge and pedigree is unrivalled. As a result, the Sharan showcases Volkswagen’s passion for design and ingenuity - both inside and out.

Exterior

Fully integrating Volkswagen ‘design-DNA’ matrix, the Sharan’s exterior styling is defined by clear, horizontal lines, and flowing surfaces that are both striking yet elegant. At the front, the dual headlights incorporated into the V-contour of the bonnet are subdivided into a larger area with dipped and main beam lights and a narrow lower section with daytime running and indicator lights. The chrome-plated masking plates guide the horizontal lines of the front end into the headlights and give the Sharan a more concise overall appearance.

On models equipped with optional bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running and position lights are included within the headlamp module. It is made up of 15 individual LEDs arranged to form a distinctive ‘light signature’ within the module. The bi-xenon headlights are also equipped with dynamic cornering lights and a motorway function that automatically activates the lights at speeds above around 70 mph.

At the back, the Sharan’s rear look is just as clearly structured as that of the front. The dominant visual elements are the concise roof-edge spoiler, the deep tailgate (sill height: 0.67 m) and large rear lights which incorporate LED technology.

As an option, the Sharan’s boot can be specified with an electric opening and closing function. In this case, opening and closing are controlled by a button in the tailgate handle, a switch on the centre console or a button on the remote control key. Like the electrically-controlled side sliding doors, the electric tailgate is also equipped with pinch protection. One advantage of the electric-powered option is that it makes opening and closing of the tailgate much easier for smaller adults (height from ground is 1.89 m).

Side sliding doors

All Sharans are equipped with two rear sliding doors as standard and offer far easier access to the rear compartment than conventional hinged doors. These can be specified with power assisted opening and closing mechanism for the ultimate in easy loading.

To prevent accidental damage, if the fuel filler cap is open, the sliding door on the right cannot be opened from inside the vehicle in either the electric or manual version. Both door versions include electric windows and fully retractable side windows.

To enhance practicality, the door handles are located to the left and right of the B-pillar. This allows either the driver or passenger to open the front or rear door with a single hand movement and without changing position – a feature that is certain to appeal to buyers with small children!

The sliding doors each glide on three rails that run in the door sill area, in the side panel above the rear wheel housing and in the roof frame. The rail in the roof frame is housed in a separate box that protects it from the elements. The entirely free-standing B-pillars, which are visible when the front door and sliding door are opened, highlight the Sharan’s exceptional construction quality.

An important safety feature of the electric sliding doors is that opening and closing can be stopped at any time. A self-locking drive system is used, so the door is securely held in place even on a hill. In addition, the electric sliding doors not only have a powerful drive but a power closing assist function integrated in the latch mechanism which securely closes the sliding doors even if the seals are iced. The doors are equipped with an efficient pinch control system.

The Sharan is one of the few vehicles of this type to have two protective systems working in parallel. The first is located at the front edge of the sliding doors where a pinch protection strip in the seal reacts to any detected pressure. The second protective system is implemented by an algorithm in the controller, which continually compares the ratio of the drive’s electrical current draw with the door’s drive speed to detect an obstacle. If one of the doors encounters an object while closing, it automatically stops and reverses. If an obstacle is detected while opening, it stops immediately. In addition, a warning signal sounds whenever the doors are being closed.

Aerodynamics

The Sharan is one of the world’s most fuel-efficient MPVs and this is thanks not only to efficient engines but also aerodynamics. The aerodynamic properties of the Sharan were studied and perfected in an early stage of development using computational flow analysis. The results fed directly into the design of the first models, while in the next stage, aerodynamic specialists and designers refined the details further.

The A-pillars, for example, incorporate an optimised water-trapping profile that diverts the air flow from the windscreen to the side windows with low losses. In parallel, the aerodynamics of the mirrors and their mounts were fine-tuned, resulting in a design that offers very little resistance to the wind, produces little wind noise and maintains the cleanliness of the mirrors. They also reduce water flow over the side windows when driving in rain, further improving visibility and safety.

Aerodynamic parameters even influenced the design of the side skirts. They optimise air flow over the rear wheels, minimising drag. The spoiler and underbody panels are also designed to direct the flow of air under the Sharan with low losses, reducing drag and improving the cooling of the powertrain and brakes. In the rear, a roof spoiler reduces air turbulence.

Interior

Like the exterior, the interior features a horizontal layout, with a distinctive trim running between its upper and lower sections from the driver’s side to the passenger’s side. All materials used in the new Sharan’s cabin are of a high quality, with new upholstery options available as part of the 2015 update.

The centre console has been consciously ‘pulled out’ a considerable distance towards the gearshift lever as well as raised up, so that it lies within an ideal operating radius for the driver and passenger. It houses the various second-generation touchscreen infotainment systems plus controls for the climate control system.

As customers have come to expect from Volkswagen, the Sharan is both practical and highly versatile. Thanks to the brand’s acclaimed EasyFold seat concept, individual seats of the second and third seating rows don’t need to be removed from the vehicle when not needed; they can simply be stowed on the vehicle floor with an easy-to-use folding mechanism. Like the front seats, the second row rear seats also adjust longitudinally and offer backrest angles of up to 20 degrees.

The individual seats here can be adjusted 160 mm fore and aft, while the outer two seats can be ordered with integrated child seats that offer younger passengers (aged three and above) optimal safety and comfort. A simple mechanism is used to adjust the vertical height of the seating surface for children, while special lateral seat supports hold them snugly in place. When the Sharan is ordered with a child seat, that seating position is automatically equipped with a belt tensioner. The seats in the second and third rows are all equipped with Isofix brackets to mount detachable child seats. The sliding doors can also be ordered with sun shades to protect small children in the second seating row from sunlight.

Stowing the middle row seats to create a level cargo floor is a simple operation. Pulling the seat backrest handle folds the backrest onto the seat surface and allows the seat base to lower effortlessly into the footwell.

Getting into the Sharan’s third row of seats is easy thanks to wide-opening sliding doors an Easy Entry function that enables the outer seats on the second row to be pushed forward and tilted.

While the two rear seats in MPVs are generally reserved for children, the Sharan’s long wheelbase (2.92 m) means that adults can ride comfortably in these seats over moderate distances. Maximum headroom in the third row is 945 mm.

Boot space

The Sharan offers a totally level load space – regardless of how many seat rows are folded flat.

If just the third row of seats is folded down (with the easy-to-use, one-handed mechanism), a space 1.3 m deep is available. Loaded to the top edge of the seat backrests, luggage capacity is 711 litres. Thanks to an easily fitted mesh partition, the Sharan can be loaded up to the roof without any safety concerns. In this case, the luggage capacity increases to 1,167 litres.

If the seats in the second row are stowed, this produces a continuous luggage space, which – measured to the backrests of the front seats – is 2.1 m long. With the luggage area extended to this maximum length, the seven-seater’s cargo capacity, loaded to the roof, is up to 2,297 litres.

Storage

Whether it is used for family or for business, the Sharan is an exceptionally practical MPV. Nowhere is this more obvious than in its array of storage compartments. These are located in the doors, the roof liner, under the front seats and in front of the second row seats as well as in the luggage space. When the optional cargo management system is included, the Sharan has up to 33 different storage options. Typical of this is the large storage bin on the dashboard that has a volume of 3.2 litres.

ENGINES AND DRIVETRAINS

The Sharan is available with a choice of four engines: one petrol – a 1.4-litre TSI 150 PS unit – and three 2.0-litre TDI diesels with outputs of 115, 150 and 184 PS. All are full Euro6 compliant and equipped with six-speed manual gearboxes as standard. A six-speed DSG automatic is available on all engines except the 2.0-litre TDI 115 PS unit.

All Sharan engines incorporate Start/Stop and brake energy recuperation systems in order to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.

Start/Stop

The Sharan’s automatic Start/Stop system is operated through the clutch pedal. When coming to a halt at traffic lights, for example, the driver depresses the clutch and selects neutral. When the clutch is released, the engine shuts down and a ‘Start / Stop’ symbol illuminates on the multifunction display. In order to move away, the driver simply depresses the clutch once again to select first gear and the engine restarts automatically. On DSG variants, the engine shuts down and restarts in response to the brake pedal. The system can be deactivated through a switch, if necessary.

Brake energy recuperation

A brake energy recuperation system helps to utilise energy that would otherwise be lost during braking. In deceleration and braking phases, the alternator’s voltage is boosted and used for bulk recharging of the car’s battery. Thanks to alternator control, it is possible to lower alternator voltage, for example during deceleration or driving at a constant speed. It is even possible to switch off the alternator entirely to reduce engine load and improve fuel consumption.

Petrol engine

1.4-litre TSI, 1390 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 150 PS

This engine produces 150 PS at 5,000 rpm and 250 Nm (185 lbs ft) of torque from 1,500, offering flexible and impressive performance. It has a zero to 62 mph time of 9.9 seconds and a top speed of 124mph (DSG - 123mph). Combined economy for the six-speed manual version is 43.5 mpg with the six-speed DSG gearbox returning 42.2mpg. CO2 emissions are 150g/km for the manual gearbox and 156g/km for the DSG.

Diesel engines

All diesel-powered Sharans use Volkswagen’s common rail technology, ensuring they are frugal, clean and quiet in operation. Naturally they all comply with Euro6 emissions standards.

The Sharan uses an SCR (selective catalytic reduction) catalytic converter together with an additive, the synthetically-produced, water-based urea solution containing 32.5 per cent urea, AdBlue. Together, SCR and AdBlue lead to a significant reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions. ‘Selective’ refers to the way the catalytic converter selectively converts nitrogen oxide (NOx) components in the exhaust system into nitrogen and water without producing undesirable by-products.

Stored in an auxiliary 17 litre tank housed in the left wheelhousing, the AdBlue solution is continuously sprayed into the exhaust gas, upstream of the SCR catalytic converter. The rate of spray is metered via engine management according to the mass flow rate of the exhaust gas using a NOx sensor downstream of the SCR catalytic converter. Atomised into a fine vapour through a screen, the urea in the AdBlue is converted in the hot exhaust gas upstream of the catalytic converter, reacting with the nitrogen oxides and splitting them into nitrogen and water.

AdBlue is water-based, non-toxic, odour-free and biodegradable, and on average, 0.1 litres of AdBlue are used per 100 km (62 miles). AdBlue is refilled as part of the standard servicing regime.

All Sharan TDIs also feature an oxidation catalytic converter and diesel particulate filter (DPF) to reduce other potentially harmful emissions. The DPF is self-regenerating and requires no routine maintenance.

2.0-litre TDI common rail engine

Fuel injection for the Sharan’s three 1,968 cc diesel engines is handled by the latest generation common rail system, with up to 1,800 bar injection pressure and special injection nozzles delivering especially fine atomisation of the fuel. Control of the eight-hole injection nozzles is achieved by the latest generation of piezo in-line injectors. Electrically-controlled piezo crystals, assisted by a hydraulic element, inject the right amount of fuel in just fractions of a second.

2.0-litre 1,968 cc TDI, 16-valve 4-cyl, 115 PS

The entry-level diesel engine offered in the Sharan offers a fine combination of performance, frugality and value. This 2.0-litre unit produces 115 PS from 3,500rpm, and 280Nm (207lb ft) of torque between 1,750 and 3,000 rpm. Standstill to 62 mph takes 12.6 seconds and top speed is 114mph. It also rewards drivers with 56.5 mpg on the combined cycle while emitting 130 g/km of carbon dioxide. This engine is only available with a six-speed manual transmission.

2.0-litre TDI, 1968 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 150 PS

The 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS engine produces 150 PS at 3,500 rpm and 340Nm (252lbs ft) of torque from 1,750 rpm. It is available with a six-speed manual or DSG automatic gearbox. It has a zero to 62 mph time of 10.3 seconds and a top speed of 124 mph (123 DSG). Despite its strong performance credentials, fuel consumption remains impressive with a combined figure of 56.5 mpg (54.3 DSG) and CO2 emissions of 130 g/km (136 DSG) for SE and SE Nav models. SEL models have combined mpg of 55.4mpg (54.3 DSG) and CO2 emissions of 132g/km (137 DSG).

2.0-litre 1,968 cc TDI, 16-valve 4-cyl, 184 PS

The most powerful engine in the Sharan line-up, this adaptation of the 2.0-litre TDI engine produces 184 PS at 3,500 rpm and 380Nm (280lb ft) of torque from 1,750 to 3,000 rpm. It is equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard and is available with a six-speed DSG as an option. Thanks to its high output, the 2.0-litre 184 PS engine delivers exceptional performance, completing the zero to 62mph sprint in just 8.9 seconds and posting a top speed of 136mph (132 DSG). Equally impressive are this engine’s economy figures. Combined fuel consumption for SE and SE Nav models is 53.3mpg for both the manual and DSG variant, while CO2 emissions are just 138g/km for both transmission options. SEL models have CO2 figures of 139g/km (both manual and DSG).

Gearboxes

Six-speed manual

All Sharans come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. This transmission has a magnesium shift housing, is cable-operated and has short lever movements, with three-cone synchromesh for the lower gears ensuring a pleasant shift action. Reduced-friction bearings further increase the gearbox’s efficiency and cut fuel consumption.

DSG – Direct Shift Gearbox

The Sharan’s DSG gearbox option combines the comfort of an automatic gearbox with the agility and economy of a manual unit.

The six-speed, transversely mounted DSG has two wet clutches (offering a higher thermal load tolerance than dry clutches) with hydraulic pressure regulation. One clutch controls the ‘odd’ gears plus reverse, while the other operates the ‘even’ gears. Essentially it is two gearboxes in one.

This combination enables the next-higher gear ratio to remain engaged but on standby until it is actually selected. In other words, if the car is being driven in third gear, fourth is selected but not yet activated. As soon as the ideal shift point is reached, the clutch on the third-gear side opens, the other clutch closes and fourth gear engages under accurate electronic supervision. Since the opening and closing actions of the two clutches overlap, a smooth gearshift results and the entire shift process is completed in less than four-hundredths of a second.

XDS electronic differential

Fitted as standard to the 2.0-litre TDI 184 PS engine, the XDS electronic differential lock responds to the unloading of the front wheel on the inside of the corner when cornering fast. XDS applies pressure from the ESC hydraulics to the inside wheel to prevent it from spinning. This improves traction and reduces the tendency to understeer. The level of pressure applied ranges from approximately 5 to 15 bar. The impression when driving is similar to that of a limited-slip differential in toned-down form. The precise, one-sided build-up of brake pressure makes cornering even sportier, quicker and more accurate.

Servicing

Volkswagen offers customers a choice on how their Sharan is serviced. The appropriate selection is entirely dependent on how the car is likely to be driven and its general use.

The Fixed Service is recommended for vehicles that will cover less than 10,000 miles in 12 months and if the vehicle is likely to be used in the following way:

  • Predominantly urban driving, short journeys with frequent cold starts.
  • Activities regularly producing high engine loading, e.g. frequent hill climbs, driving with vehicle fully loaded and towing.
  • Uneconomical driving style using high rpms with heavy acceleration and heavy braking.

The service intervals for the Fixed Service are as follows:

Oil change service – After 1 year or 10,000 miles (15,000km), whichever is soonest.

Inspection service – First after 2 years or 20,000 miles (30,000km), then every one year or 20,000 miles (30,000km), whichever is soonest.

The Flexible Service is recommended for vehicles with daily mileage of more than 25 miles where the vehicle is driven regularly mainly on longer distance journeys. The vehicle is driven mainly at a constant speed with minimum vehicle and engine loading, minimal towing and driven in an economical manner. With the Flexible Service the vehicle can cover anywhere between 10,000 and a maximum of 20,000 miles or 24 months (whichever is soonest) between oil changes.

The service intervals for the Flexible Service are as follows:

Oil change service – According to flexible service interval display (after 2 years at the latest).

Inspection service – First after 2 years

SAFETY AND CHASSIS

Suspension

The Sharan features strut-type suspension system at the front and a four-link axle at the rear, permitting the greatest combination of comfort and stability to be achieved. To guarantee the required payloads, certain axle components such as the subframe and suspension links of the rear axle are reinforced.

Steering

The Sharan is fitted with an electro-hydraulic steering system. Unlike some similar steering systems, the Sharan’s is able to vary the steering feel to suit the speed and driving situation – firm and direct when driving hard, effortless at parking speeds. Other advantages of the system include its mild self-centring action, its ability to compensate for different driving hazards such as crosswinds and steep road cambers, and a beneficial effect on fuel economy.

Braking system

Standard equipment on all Sharans is Volkswagen’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with counter steering support, which includes an anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic differential lock (EDL), traction control (ASR) and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA).

Restraint systems

The Sharan’s passive safety was optimised by innovative restraint systems. These include seven airbags (driver and front passenger airbags, two side airbags in the first seating rows, two side curtain airbags between the A- and D-pillars and one knee airbag on the driver’s side), as well as Isofix child seat mounts plus three-point belts for all occupants. The second seating row can be optionally equipped with integrated child seats.

Standard on all Sharans is a Seat Belt Reminder (SBR) system for monitoring the front seatbelts. On the passenger side, this is networked with the seat’s occupancy status: if the front passenger seat is occupied at a vehicle speed over 25 km/h (c. 15 mph), and the seatbelt is detected as unlatched, acoustic and visual warnings are given. The SBR system also gives the driver an overview in the multifunction display of whether rear passengers have fastened their seatbelts.

The airbag system in the Sharan consists of an airbag controller with three internal sensors in the front area of the underbody tunnel, a front sensor in the area of the bonnet latch bracket, and four satellite sensors for side crash detection. In the event of a crash the system not only triggers the airbags, but also communicates with other control modules to activate the hazard warning lights, unlock the doors, turn on the interior lights and deactivate the fuel pump. An additional front sensor enables even earlier crash detection, contributing to optimal performance of the restraint systems. To detect a side collision, an accelerometer is positioned at the transition node from the B-pillar to the side sill on each side of the vehicle, and another in the lower area of the C-pillar. This layout enables detection of collisions affecting the rear area of the vehicle as well.

Driver assistance systems

Automatic Post-Collision Braking System (standard on all Sharan models)

Studies have found that around a quarter of all traffic accidents involving personal injury are multiple collision incidents, in other words, when there is a second impact after the initial collision.

The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System automatically brakes the vehicle when it is involved in an accident in order significantly to reduce its residual kinetic energy and hence prevent or minimise the severity of a subsequent collision.

Triggering of the system is based on detection of a primary collision by the airbag sensors. Vehicle braking is limited by the ESC control unit to a maximum deceleration rate of 0.6 g. This value matches the deceleration level of Front Assist and ensures that the driver can take over handling of the car even in case of automatic braking.

The driver can ‘override’ the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System at any time; for example, if the system recognises that the driver is accelerating, it is disabled. The system is also deactivated if the driver initiates hard braking at an even higher rate of deceleration. Essentially, the system applies the brakes until a vehicle speed of 10 km/h (c. 6 mph) is reached, so this residual vehicle speed can be used to steer to a safe location after the braking process.

Driver Alert system (SE and above)

The Sharan’s Driver Alert system does not work in the same way as those from other manufacturers that monitor eye movements. Instead, for the first 15 minutes of a journey the system analyses the driver’s characteristic steering and driving behaviour. Further into the journey the system continually evaluates signals such as steering angle, use of pedals and transverse acceleration. If the monitored parameters indicate a deviation from the initial behaviour recorded at the beginning of the trip, then waning concentration is assumed and warnings issued.

The system warns the driver with an acoustic signal lasting five seconds, while a visual message also appears in the instrument cluster recommending a break. If the driver does not take a break within the next 15 minutes, the warning is repeated.

This assistance system cannot detect so-called ‘microsleep’ but instead focuses on detecting early phases of lapses in concentration. This means it is much less costly than an eye movement monitoring based system – and also still functions when the driver is wearing sunglasses or driving in the dark.

Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking (standard on SEL)

This system uses a radar sensor integrated into the front of the car to detect distance from the car in front, maintain a preselected speed and automatically brake or accelerate in traffic.

ACC operates over a speed range from 30 to 160 km/h (approx. 18 to 99 mph) with a manual gearbox and with DSG. In vehicles with DSG, ACC intervenes to such an extent that the car may be slowed to a standstill, depending on the situation. It may also automatically pull away in stop-and-go traffic. ACC maintains a preselected speed and a defined distance to the vehicle ahead, and it automatically brakes or accelerates in flowing traffic. The system dynamics can by individually varied by selecting one of the driving programmes from the driver profile selector.

Front Assist works like ACC with the radar sensor integrated into the front of the car, which continually monitors the distance to the traffic ahead. Even with ACC switched off, Front Assist helps assists the driver in critical situations by preconditioning the brake system and alerting the driver to any required reactions by means of visual and audible warnings. If the driver fails to brake hard enough, the system automatically generates sufficient braking force to help avoid a collision.

Should the driver, meanwhile, not react at all, Front Assist automatically slows the car so that under optimal conditions the speed of any impact is minimised. The system also assists the driver by an alert if the car is getting too close to the vehicle in front. The City Emergency Braking function is also part of Front Assist.

City Emergency Braking is a system extension of Front Assist and scans the area in front of the car via radar sensor. It operates at speeds below 30 km/h (approx. 18 mph). If the car is in danger of colliding with a vehicle driving or parked up ahead and the driver does not react, the brake system is preconditioned in the same way as with Front Assist. If the driver fails to intervene, City Emergency Braking then automatically initiates hard braking to reduce the severity of the impact. In addition, if the driver is initiating braking, but fails to press the brake pedal sufficiently, the system will assist with maximum braking power.

Park Assist

This highly advanced system makes parallel parking significantly easier and also helps you

reverse park into a space at 90 degrees to the kerb. Once the vehicle is in reverse, the driver simply operates the pedals and keeps a good look out while manoeuvring, while the new Sharan steers itself into the chosen space. Optional on all SE and SEL models. Optional Park Assist which also includes front and rear parking sensors is available on S models.

Infotainment systems

The Sharan is the latest Volkswagen to feature the brand’s new-generation infotainment systems. The technology includes Car-Net ‘App-Connect’, that enables users to display and operate certified smartphone apps via the USB connection on the infotainment’s touch-screen.

Composition Media system (standard on S and SE models)

The Composition Media system is equipped with a 6.5 inch colour touchscreen that displays the DAB digital radio information, title and cover art display and, for compatible Android smartphones, the SMS functionality which allows users to read, compose and send SMS messages using the touch-screen display while the vehicle is stationary. Bluetooth telephone and audio connection now allows simultaneous pairing of two compatible mobile devices, while USB connection for compatible products, SD card reader and single CD player allows music playback from MP3, WMA and AAC files through 8 speakers with 4 x 20 watt output.

The optional Car-Net ‘App-Connect’ combines three innovative technologies that allow users to bring compatible smartphone apps onto the infotainment system’s touchscreen. In addition to the established MirrorLink™ apps, Apple CarPlay’ and Google Android Auto are also available. As such, Volkswagen is the first manufacturer to offer a choice of three interfaces to connect users smartphones. This means users no longer have to be without the practical assistance of their smartphones when they’re behind the wheel.

All users have to do is simply connect their compatible smartphone via USB connection and the system will allow display and operation of certified apps while driving, including audio and voice control (if supported by the app).

Discover Navigation system (standard on SE Nav and SEL)

The Discover Navigation system builds on the functionality of the Composition Media system with even more features that allow users to manage not only their music, but also navigation data and a broad range of vehicle information. The system offers preloaded European navigation data, 2D/3D map view, three calculated route choices (Fast, Short and Eco), dynamic navigation based on TMC+, branded points of interest and Speed Limit Display.

The Discover Navigation system comes with 3-year’s Car-Net ‘Guide and Inform’ access as standard. This features makes it possible for users to get up to date traffic information, route guidance and transfer public and personal points of interest to the navigation system. The service also includes information for fuel pricing, parking space availability, weather and news feeds.

DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS

Automatic Post-Collision Braking System (standard on all Sharan models)

Studies have found that around a quarter of all traffic accidents involving personal injury are multiple collision incidents, in other words, when there is a second impact after the initial collision.

The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System automatically brakes the vehicle when it is involved in an accident in order significantly to reduce its residual kinetic energy and hence prevent or minimise the severity of a subsequent collision.

Triggering of the system is based on detection of a primary collision by the airbag sensors. Vehicle braking is limited by the ESC control unit to a maximum deceleration rate of 0.6 g. This value matches the deceleration level of Front Assist and ensures that the driver can take over handling of the car even in case of automatic braking.

The driver can ‘override’ the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System at any time; for example, if the system recognises that the driver is accelerating, it is disabled. The system is also deactivated if the driver initiates hard braking at an even higher rate of deceleration. Essentially, the system applies the brakes until a vehicle speed of 10 km/h is reached, so this residual vehicle speed can be used to steer to a safe location after the braking process.

Driver Alert system (SE and above)

The Sharan’s Driver Alert system does not work in the same way as those from other manufacturers that monitor eye movements. Instead, for the first 15 minutes of a journey the system analyses the driver’s characteristic steering and driving behaviour. Further into the journey the system continually evaluates signals such as steering angle, use of pedals and transverse acceleration. If the monitored parameters indicate a deviation from the initial behaviour recorded at the beginning of the trip, then waning concentration is assumed and warnings issued.

The system warns the driver with an acoustic signal lasting five seconds, while a visual message also appears in the instrument cluster recommending a break. If the driver does not take a break within the next 15 minutes, the warning is repeated.

This assistance system cannot detect so-called ‘microsleep’ but instead focuses on detecting early phases of lapses in concentration. This means it is much less costly than an eye movement monitoring based system – and also still functions when the driver is wearing sunglasses or driving in the dark.

Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking (standard on SEL)

This system uses a radar sensor integrated into the front of the car to detect distance from the car in front, maintain a preselected speed and automatically brake or accelerate in traffic.

ACC operates over a speed range from 30 to 160 km/h (approx. 18 to 99 mph) with a manual gearbox and with DSG. In vehicles with DSG, ACC intervenes to such an extent that the car may be slowed to a standstill, depending on the situation. It may also automatically pull away in stop-and-go traffic. ACC maintains a preselected speed and a defined distance to the vehicle ahead, and it automatically brakes or accelerates in flowing traffic. The system dynamics can by individually varied by selecting one of the driving programmes from the driver profile selector.

Front Assist works like ACC with the radar sensor integrated into the front of the car, which continually monitors the distance to the traffic ahead. Even with ACC switched off, Front Assist helps assists the driver in critical situations by preconditioning the brake system and alerting the driver to any required reactions by means of visual and audible warnings. If the driver fails to brake hard enough, the system automatically generates sufficient braking force to help avoid a collision.

Should the driver, meanwhile, not react at all, Front Assist automatically slows the car so that under optimal conditions the speed of any impact is minimised. The system also assists the driver by an alert if the car is getting too close to the vehicle in front. The City Emergency Braking function is also part of Front Assist.

City Emergency Braking is a system extension of Front Assist and scans the area in front of the car via radar sensor. It operates at speeds below 30 km/h (approx. 18 mph). If the car is in danger of colliding with a vehicle driving or parked up ahead and the driver does not react, the brake system is preconditioned in the same way as with Front Assist. If the driver fails to intervene, City Emergency Braking then automatically initiates hard braking to reduce the severity of the impact. In addition, if the driver is initiating braking, but fails to press the brake pedal sufficiently, the system will assist with maximum braking power.

Park Assist

This highly advanced system makes parallel parking significantly easier and also helps you

reverse park into a space at 90 degrees to the kerb. Once the vehicle is in reverse, the driver simply operates the pedals and keeps a good look out while manoeuvring, while the new Sharan steers itself into the chosen space. Optional on all SE and SEL models. Optional Park Assist which also includes front and rear parking sensors is available on S models.

EQUIPMENT AND TRIM

The Sharan is offered in four different trim levels: S, SE, SE Navigation and SEL. Key items of specification for each trim level are shown below:

Standard equipment on Sharan S models includes:

Wheels and tyres

• 4 x 6½J x 16-inch steel wheels with 205/60 R16 self-sealing tyres

• Full size wheel trims

• Tyre mobility kit including compressor and sealing foam

Exterior

• Body-coloured door mirrors with integrated indicators incorporating LED technology

• Sliding rear doors

Interior

• Leather trimmed three-spoke steering wheel and gear knob

• Load lashing points in luggage compartment, chrome-plated and folding x 2, rigid x 2

• Luggage compartment cover, retractable and removable

• ‘Matt Chrome’ decorative inserts in dash, centre console and front doors

• ‘Campus’ cloth upholstery

• Driver’s and front passenger’s seat height adjustment

• Easy folding seating system, 2nd and 3rd row seats

• Floor storage compartment in footwell, 2nd row, outer seats

• 3 single seats in 2nd row, foldable

• 2 single seats in 3rd row, foldable

• Storage compartment in roof console

In-car entertainment

• Composition Media system

      – 6.5-inch colour touchscreen

      – Bluetooth telephone and audio connection for compatible devices

      – DAB digital radio receiver

      – Music playback from MP3, WMA and AAC files

      – SD card reader

      – Simultaneous pairing of 2 compatible mobile devices

      – Single CD player

      – SMS functionality – read, compose and send SMS messages using touch-screen display

         (when stationary, compatible Android smartphones only)

      – Title and cover art display

      – USB connection (compatible products only)

      – 4 x 20 watt output

      – 8 speakers, front and rear

Safety and security

• ABS (Anti-lock Braking System)with HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)

• Airbags

• Curtain airbag system, front and rear passengers

• Driver’s knee airbag

• Front seat side impact airbags

• Automatic Post-Collision Braking System

• ESC (Electronic Stability Control) including EDL (Electronic Differential Lock) and ASR (Traction Control)

• Isofix child seat preparation (for 3 child seats in 2nd row seats) 2

• Tyre pressure loss indicator

Comfort and convenience

• Climate control – 3Zone electronic air conditioning with automatic air recirculation

• Rain sensor and automatic dimming interior rear-view mirror

Driver’s assistance

• Battery regeneration (recuperation – energy recovery during braking)

• Electronic parking brake – with auto hold function

• Start/Stop function

SE models add (in addition to S):

Wheels and tyres

• 4 x 6½J x 16-inch ‘Memphis’ with 215/60 R16 self-sealing tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts

Exterior

• Chrome side window surrounds

• Chrome trimmed front air intake grille surround

• ‘Gloss Black’ radiator grille with chrome trimmed radiator grille louvres

• Rear tinted glass from B pillar backwards, approx. 65% tinted

• Roof rails, chrome-plated

Interior

• Leather trimmed three-spoke multifunction steering wheel

• ‘Stripes’ cloth upholstery

• Driver’s and front passenger’s under seat drawer

• Driver’s seat with electrically adjustable backrest and lumbar support

• Front comfort seats

• Folding tables on rear of front seats

• Front passenger’s seat with height and lumbar adjustment

• Front seat back storage pockets

• Steering wheel including paddle shift (auto DSG only)

• Storage area with lid, dash centre

• ‘Triangle titan’ decorative inserts in dash, centre console and front doors

In-car entertainment

• MDI (Multi Device Interface), via USB connection – compatible products only

Safety and security

• XDS electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling (2.0 TDI 184 PS only)

Driver’s assistance

• Cruise control

• Driver Alert system

• Front Assist with City emergency braking system and speed limiter

• Parking sensors, front and rear

SE Navigation models add (In addition to SE)

In-car entertainment

• Discover Navigation system (in addition to Composition Media system)

        – Branded points of interest

        – Dynamic navigation based on TMC+

        – Preloaded European navigation data

        – Speed Limit Display

        – Three route options (Fast, Short, Eco)

        – 2D/3D map view

• Car-Net ‘Guide and Inform’ – 3-year subscription

– Providing online access to a range of useful information such as traffic, fuel pricing, parking space ?  availability, weather and news feeds

SEL models add (over SE)

Wheels and tyres

• 4 x 7J x 17-inch ‘Sydney’ with 225/50 R17 self-sealing tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts

Exterior

• Front fog lights with static cornering function

• Panoramic sunroof

Interior

• Coat hanger

• Footwell illumination in front and 2nd row

• Alcantara seat centre section with ‘Vienna’ leather side bolsters

• Front sport seats

• Heated front seats

• ‘Titanium Silver’ look decorative inserts in dash, centre console and front doors

In-car entertainment

• Discover Navigation system (in addition to Composition Media system)

      – Branded points of interest

      – Dynamic navigation based on TMC+

      – Preloaded European navigation data

      – Speed Limit Display 1

      – Three route options (Fast, Short, Eco)

      – 2D/3D map view

• Car-Net ‘Guide and Inform’ – 3-year subscription

– Providing online access to a range of useful information such as traffic, fuel pricing, parking spaces

Safety and security

• Entry/warning lights in all doors

• XDS electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling (2.0 TDI 184 PS only)

Comfort and convenience

• Heated windscreen washer jets

Driver’s assistance

• Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), including Front Assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitoring ?system,

• City emergency braking system, cruise control and speed limiter

Line-up and insurance groups

Thanks to its impressive security and safety features, the Sharan has secured the following insurance group ratings from the ABI (Association of British Insurers):

S

1.4-litre TSI 150 PS                 19E
2.0-litre TDI 115 PS                 15E
2.0-litre TDI 150PS                  19E

SE

1.4-litre TSI 150 PS                 20E
2.0-litre TDI 150 PS                 19E
2.0-litre TDI 184 PS                 23E

SE Nav

1.4-litre TSI 150 PS                 20E
2.0-litre TDI 150 PS                 20E
2.0-litre TDI 184 PS                 23E

SEL

2.0-litre TDI 150 PS                 18E
2.0-litre TDI 184 PS                 21E

WARRANTIES

The Sharan has a three year (first and second year manufacturer operated, third year retailer operated) mechanical warranty. In addition, it comes with a class-leading 12 year anti-perforation guarantee, three year paint warranty and a year’s membership of Volkswagen Assistance. The latter can be extended at minimal cost to the customer.

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