Order books open for the new VW Sharan

The new VW Sharan is ready for orders and the first deliveries will take place in October.

This impressive seven seat people carrier has prices starting at £26,300 OTR and the engines are 15% more efficient than those in the current range.

Since making its debut in 1995, the VW Sharan has been a hugely popular MPV for the German carmaker.

The previous incarnation went on sale in November 2010 and benefited from a number of user-friendly features which have been carried over.

These include the firm’s EasyFold seating concept and there are side sliding doors to.

Infotainment system in the new VW Sharan

The new Sharan gets fresh upholstery, steering wheel design and a colour touchscreen for the infotainment system.

Standard equipment includes Bluetooth connectivity, a post collision braking system and three zone air conditioning.

Some models also come with tinted rear glass, parking sensors and chrome roof rails as well as cruise control. There’s also a new model in the line-up, it’s the SE Navigation.

New engines for the VW Sharan

There are three diesel and one petrol engines available for the new VW Sharan with power outputs ranging from 115 PS to 184 PS.

The entry-level 2.0 litre TDI is the most frugal and will return 57mpg and has CO2 emissions of 130g/km.

The 1.4 litre petrol unit will return 44mpg and has emissions of 150g/km.

The new VW Sharan also benefits from a redesigned body and there’s a lot of attractive features to make this a worthy opponent for the dominant Ford Galaxy and also the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso.

There’s also a useful list of optional equipment which includes city emergency braking, park assist and smartphone connection apps.

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The flagship of the new VW Sharan range is the SE-L which costs from £33,360 and it has features such as satnav, front assist braking, adaptive cruise control and Alcantara upholstery.

To many onlookers, the new Sharan looks little different to the model it replaces but there are a wide range of improvements under the skin.

Time will tell whether the Sharan is good enough to be the best seven seater MPV on the UK’s market but there are undoubtedly some very good design ideas on board that will make it an ideal buy for large families.

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