The current generation of VW’s 7-seat minivan has been around for a very long time. It was introduced way back in 2010 but it is still a pretty relevant player on the market, mainly because of its good build quality and impressive level of practicality and functionality. The 2022 VW Sharan continues in the same way, with familiar design characteristics and features, which haven’t been changed much since the last refresh, which was six years ago.
In any case, this minivan still has a lot of great things to offer. As we already mentioned, we like its spacious and practical cabin, as well as pretty good build quality, especially on the inside. Also, it’s a great thing that you can choose between three engine options, including two oil burners. On the other hand, the main complaints go to dull styling and the lack of some modern features.
2022 VW Sharan Design
As we already mentioned, this minivan has been around since 2010, so it’s hard to be surprised by the fact that this model still rides on a good-old A6 platform, the one that was used for the first-generation Tiguan (among other models), which was replaced with the MQB architecture long time ago. However, that doesn’t affect the driving experience too much. This is still a pretty easy vehicle to drive, despite the long wheelbase and overall dimensions. At the same time, the ride is smooth and comfortable enough, though not at the same level as more modern rivals, such as Citroen Grand C4 Picasso.
Visually, this minivan won’t impress you for sure. Simply, the last time we saw some updates was back in 2015 and even that refresh was pretty modest. We saw revisions on the bumper, headlights and similar areas but the overall layout hasn’t changed significantly. This is still a typical Volkswagen – dull and forgettable.
Once you get inside the Sharan, you won’t care much about its styling. Simply, this is a fantastic family hauler. Thanks to the long wheelbase, there is plenty of room for the passengers, way more than in Touran, for example, even in the third row. The front seats are also massive and supportive, while the driving position is great in terms of outward visibility.
The interior design isn’t particularly attractive. Most things remained the same as in the 2010 model but thanks to the super-conservative design approach, the dashboard actually aged pretty well. Also, the infotainment system works well and offers pretty decent graphics and interface.
The cargo area is another strong point of this minivan. You may count on about 300 liters of space behind the third row. Once you fold it down, you get 711 liters of space, while the total volume goes all away up to 2.297 liters.
2022 VW Sharan Engines
The 2022 VW Sharan continues with three familiar powertrain options on offer. Base models still use an old, once-problematic, 1.4-liter turbo-four TSI engine, which features a max output of 150 horsepower. The engine offers decent performance but we think that the diesel is a much better choice for a minivan like this. Therefore, you may pick the well-familiar 2.0-liter TDI turbodiesel, which comes in two output variants, with either 150 or 184 horsepower. The latter offers slightly better performance but the base diesel does the job just fine.
All engines come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, but you can also opt for a 7-speed dual-clutch, which offers better performance, better economy and a more convenient ride.
2022 VW Sharan Pricing
The 2022 VW Sharan is already available on the market. The UK version starts at around £29.000.