The Volkswagen Sharan has been given the smallest of mid-life facelifts with a nip here and a tuck there which included a revised grille and headlight design, LED taillights, new styles of alloy wheels, while the interior received a new steering wheel and updated seat upholstery.
Our choice of power plant is the frugal 2.0-litre diesel unit producing 148bhp. It has got a decent amount of oomph while it has a claimed average economy of 56.5mpg and emits 130g/km of CO2 when mated to the six-speed manual gearbox.
The ride is smooth if uninspiring, the Sharan is a no thrills car but on the upside it has tons of practicality.
Four trims are available across the range and even the entry-level model is well kitted out. It comes with an improved infotainment package, Bluetooth connectivity and three-zone climate control, seven seats and sliding doors for the middle and third rows, colour touchscreen and Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, Stop/start function and battery regeneration systems and BlueMotion Technology, all as standard.
Seating seven people in comfort is the Sharan’s main objective, this is a pure people carrier but you should be reminded that the rear-most seats should be reserved for the smallest passengers as legroom is at a premium.