With 184 PS and 380 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm, the 2.0 TDI engine known from the Golf GTD gives the Sharan its sovereign acceleration and pulling power – even when towing a trailer. Its 7-speed dual clutch gearbox comes as standard and distributes the power delivery so smoothly that both driving off and bursts of acceleration are extremely comfortable and confident.
With its enormous luggage capacity of 2,430 litres, a towing load of 2,400 kilograms and its electronically controlled all-wheel drive, which ensures the best possible traction and stable driving even on loose surfaces, the Sharan is ideally equipped for special tasks. So it's able to take the transportation of even the heaviest boat trailers or horse trailers in its stride.
Riders in particular would like to be able to keep an eye on their horses in the trailer even while on the road. Thanks to Cam-Connect, this is now possible on board the Sharan. Volkswagen's "Composition Media", "Discover Media" and "Discover Pro" infotainment systems have the option of being fitted with the Car-Net App Connect and its "Mirror Link®", which can also be connected to a camera – the GoPro® Hero 4. This is simply attached in the trailer using GoPro® accessories. As usual today with any smartphone and tablet, only an app needs to be loaded: the free Car-Net Cam Connect app. The GoPro® image is transferred onto the display in the car via "Mirror Link®" and an Android phone connected to the infotainment system.
For safety reasons, during the trip the software sends only still images to the infotainment system's screen, updated every five seconds. When the Volkswagen is standing still or driving at walking speed (up to 5 km/h), a continuous video stream can be transmitted.
If no trailer is being towed behind the car, the GoPro® can of course be used in the car itself – for example to digitally monitor the kids in both the rows of back seats.
The special model Sharan Allstar is also available with the new engine-gearbox combination and as well as a five-year warranty offers additional equipment specifications as standard. These include ACC automatic distance control (up to 160 km/h), the "Front Assist" area monitoring system with City Emergency Braking function, the "Climatronic" air conditioning with 3-zone temperature control and allergen filter as well as sliding rear doors with power opening and closing. Prices start at €44.000 for the Sharan with top-of-the range-engine and 4Motion all-wheel-drive, the Sharan Allstar with this engine and gearbox combination costs €47.725.