Volkswagen Sharan

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Volkswagen Sharan

This is the new Volkswagen Sharan, making its debut at the Geneva motor show today.

The seven-seat MPV is longer and wider than the model it replaces and comes with sliding rear doors.

Power comes from a range of four engines:

1.4 TSI 148bhp 172g/km CO2 38.1mpg
2.0 197bhp 201g/km CO2 32.8mpg
2.0 CR TDI 138bhp 143g/km CO2 52.3mpg
2.0 CR TDI 168bhp 142g/km CO2 49.5mpg

All versions, apart from the high-powered petrol engine, come with Stop-Start, which helps fuel economy.

The centre row has three individual seats that can be moved by up to 160 mm back and forth if required and, when not in use, can be folded to create a flat loadspace.

VW says the new Sharan's third row of seats is large enough to accommodate adults as well as children. As with the second row of seats, they can also be folded flat into the floor when not required.

The car will go on sale in the UK later this year, exact dates and prices will be confirmed later.****