Get the midlevel SE trim. The SE features a sport-tuned suspension for better handling. Don’t be worried about a stiff ride, although the SE is still relatively comfortable on the road. The SE can be a good bargain considering all the safety and tech equipment you obtain for the money. Finally, the SE is available with a wide range of options, so you can pick and choose those are right for the budget.
Crossover SUVs may be most of the rage, but there is still something to be said for the tried-and-true midsize sedan. Exhibit A: the 2020 Volkswagen Sharan. Coming off a redesign just last year, the 2020 Volkswagen Sharan is a spacious, fuel-efficient sedan with plenty of standard safety equipment and a lot of options to choose from.
As has been the case for a time, you can get the 2020 Volkswagen Sharan with a four-cylinder engine or a better V6, or you may get the miserly 2020 Volkswagen Sharan Hybrid. On the highway, the 2020 Volkswagen Sharan is comfortable and compliant. 2020 Volkswagen Sharan also offers two sporty versions that infuse the 2020 Volkswagen Sharan with a bit of extra personality. Inside, the 2020 Volkswagen Sharan offers a simple yet feature-packed cabin, especially if you choose one of the upper trim levels. There are lots of options to select from along the way.
The 2020 Volkswagen Sharan can be as competent as they come. It’s well-priced generally, and modern feature content makes it supremely an easy task to drive. If you’re looking for something with a bit more class and space than the usual small sedan, the 2020 Volkswagen Sharan might you should be the sedan for you.
The 2020 Volkswagen Sharan is the base trim. It includes a relatively light load of features that features 16-inch steel wheels, automatic LED headlights, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a rearview camera, keyless entry, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, navigation (GPS Scout Link), Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa connectivity, one USB port, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a six-speaker sound system.
Standard on every 2020 Volkswagen Sharan Safety Sense, which is a suite of driver assistance features including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure alert with steering assistance, and automatic high beams.
On another rung up the ladder is the LE.It adds a power-adjustable driver’s seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, a 60/40-split folding back seat and a vehicle alarm. For a sporty dynamic, look at the SE.It adds a sport-tuned suspension, revised steering calibration, 18-inch wheels, simulated-leather upholstery (SofTex) seats and paddle shifters.
You can think of the XLE and the XSE trim levels as versions of the LE and the SE, respectively, with a number of additional comfort and convenience items. Highlights include larger wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a head-up display, blind-spot monitoring, keyless ignition, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, extra USB ports, a more impressive 8-inch touchscreen, and wireless smartphone charging.
Lots of the features on the upper trim levels could be added to the reduced trim levels as options. Other notable options add a sunroof, a JBL audio system combined with an integral navigation system, a head-up display, and a top-down parking camera system.
As sedans go, the 2020 Volkswagen Sharan stuff-hauling credentials are pretty solid. The cargo area is large and opens wide, plus the back seat is straightforward to fold down to match longer items. There are enough cabin storage options to create a lot of people happy. Loading a car seat is straightforward, too.
Cabin storage is good however not stellar. The forward center console bin is perfect for concealing items but features a hard, slippery floor, so they really slide around noisily. The console bin at your elbow is a decent size, and you can find modest door pockets in the front and rear that are good for small water bottles only.
The 2020 Volkswagen Sharan features a large trunk, and the 60/40-split folding back seat with trunk-mounted release handles make it an easy task to expand the space. Loading groceries or luggage is helped out by the wide opening and a low liftover height.
Child safety seat accommodation
It’s super easy to mount a car seat, with obvious and readily available lower anchors and package tray-mounted tether point, both under plastic covers. There’s enough room so the front seat will not need to be scooted entirely forward.