Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Mild facelift in 2015

Available from October 2015, the Volkswagen Sharan was given the merest of visual refreshes, with a revised grille and headlight design, LED taillights, new styles of alloy wheels, while the inside benefitted from new steering wheels and different seat upholstery.

Mechanical revisions saw the range upgraded to meet the latest EU6 emissions standards: although power-wise the 1.4-litre TSI and 113bhp 2-litre TDI remained as before, the 138bhp and 168bhp editions were upgraded to 148bhp and 178bhp respectively. The larger 2-litre TSI petrol was dropped from the range.

At 56.5mpg and 130g/km of CO2, the manual gearboxed 113bhp and 148bhp TDIs are the least costly to run.

All motors feature BlueMotion Technologies to minimise their thirst for fuel, while stop/start functions mean the engine cuts off when the car’s stationary.

For the now four-tier range of trims, standard equipment across the board too, with all Sharans featuring an improved infotainment package, Bluetooth connectivity and three-zone climate control.

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