By Francis Cebedo
- The exterior, though simple is quite attractive.
- The interior dashboard is simple and elegant
- Seats are excellent, especially the 2nd row seats
- Handling and ride quality are good and an improvement over its Chrysler cousins
- Good power and fuel economy
- All the knobs and electronics are Chrysler quality and not up to VW standards
- Chrysler’s “stow and go” and “swivel and go” seating options are not available
- Sliding doors are a bit noisy when opening and closing.
- There are odd, as in huge storage compartments found in the floor and on the ceiling of the Routan
- It doesn’t differentiate itself enough from the Chrysler.
- Pricing rebates and deals of VW will not be as aggressive as Chrysler’s
- It was named by the same group that gave us the Phaeton and Passat
When a family has more than two kids in this country they tend to stray away from the VW mark. Even VW loyalists are lost to the clutches of Honda, Toyota and Chrysler minivans. The convenience of the power sliding doors is alluring and the potential of transporting part of the soccer team or the extended family is inviting.
VW felt they had to offer a minivan in their line-up so they partnered with Chrysler for the task. Designing and building their own van did not support the economics and timing, so Volkswagen worked with Chrysler to create their version of the Chrysler Town and Country or Dodge Caravan.