Given the UK's love for the new breed of crossover SUVs, which offer the high driving position of a full-fat 4x4 with the running costs of a hatchback, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the conventional people carrier was all but consigned to the history books.
Volkswagen, however, wants to prove there's life in the traditional MPV yet, and has released an updated version of its Sharan seven-seater.
Priced from £26,300 to £36,280, the revised Sharan keeps its traditional conservative good looks and boxy profile, with the biggest changes occurring underneath the bonnet. The engine range has been tweaked to comply with the latest EU6 emissions regulations, and consists of a 148bhp 1.4-litre petrol and three 2.0-litre diesels with 113bhp, 148bhp and 182bhp. All are mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with VW's DSG twin-clutch automatic transmission available as an option on all but the least powerful model.
VW claims that the engine revisions have improved fuel economy across the range, with the most frugal diesel models capable of 56.5mpg. Meanwhile, CO2 emissions range from 130g/km to 156g/km, meaning car tax bills of between £110 and £180 each year.
Elsewhere, the cabin has been lifted with the introduction of new upholstery and steering wheel designs, as well as a brand new touchscreen media system, available across the range. Standard equipment also includes Bluetooth connectivity and three-zone climate control.
Move up to mid-range SE spec and the Sharan gains styling details like tinted rear windows and chromed roof rails, while all-round parking sensors and cruise control take the sting out of both the motorway commute and tight car parks.
Range-topping SEL models are further equipped with sat nav, adaptive cruise control and a panoramic sunroof.
The refreshed Volkswagen Sharan is available to order now, with the first customer deliveries expected in October.