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Volkswagen Sharan MPV - Engines, drive & performance

One of the best MPVs to drive, the Volkswagen Sharan combines powerful engines with agile and responsive handling

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Engines, drive & performance Rating

4.0 out of 5

The VW Sharan is based on the same underpinnings as several other models in the Volkswagen range, so although it’s a large, tall car with seating for seven, it feels lighter and more agile than you might expect. The steering has a reassuring weight to it and there isn’t an excessive amount of body when you go around corners. As with other VWs, the Sharan boasts a strong range of efficient and responsive petrol and diesel engines.

Volkswagen Sharan diesel engines

Sharan buyers have a choice of two 2.0-litre TDI diesel engines – one with 148bhp and one with 175bhp. The former is our favourite, as it offers a good balance between the performance you need to haul a full carload of people and luggage around, and the efficiency you want to keep your running costs down. It’ll do 0-62mph in 10.3 seconds and hit a top speed of 124mph.

Moving up to the 175bhp version will increase you running costs slightly, but the 0-62mph time improves to 9.3 seconds. This engine is only offered with a DSG automatic gearbox and not available on the entry-level trim level.

Petrol engine

The petrol range consists of a single engine – a 1.4-litre TSI with 148bhp. We think this engine really punches above its weight and is a great match for the Sharan, taking it from 0-62mph in 9.9 seconds.

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