Editors comparing the EuroVan to a Honda Odyssey completely miss the point. The Euro is big. It's not a minivan. It's a full size van. Compared to the smallest minivans like the Odyssey, it's kinda boxy and rolls in the turns. But compared to a Dodge or GM full sized van or the bigger SUVs, well, there's no comparison. You can put seven full sized adults in a EuroVan and drive across the country comfortably. Try that in an Odyssey. You can move couches and washing machines and your old big-screen tv in a Euro. Try that in a Dodge Caravan. Your three-cart trip to Costco disappears in the EuroVan. And it's still reasonably fun to drive. It's heavy. 15 mpg if you're lucky. We love ours.
I'd like to get a gas miser to drive, just so the oil exporting countries don't get more money, but I can't give up this ride. I have over 100,000 miles on it and it runs like new. It's never had a tune-up...no plugs, nothing. I change the oil every 5,000 miles; it doesn't burn it at all. The seating position gives me a great view of the road. It's like sitting in a comfortable chair in my living room watching my HD big screen. It should have a popcorn popper built in. Besides being able to see traffic well, it handles like a car not a truck. It's built on a very strong truck frame, solid and secure. I can fold down all the back seats in seconds and put in 4 x 8 sheets of plywood.
The seating comfort, good road visibility, and solid structure.
The Volkswagen EuroVan is the perfect vehicle for me because it can do everything. If I need to hold 7 passengers, it will. If I need to carry sheets of 4x8 plywood, it can. Want to bring my bike to the trail? No problem. Long trips...wonderful. This van is comfortable, has great visibility, is smooth riding and quiet! I love it!
As a salesman with bulky samples to lug around it is perfect, small outside, huge inside. "removable" seats aren't very sophisticated, the driving position is very awkward, needs the Passat tilt wheel ( why DIDN'T THEY!)also needs a REAL overdrive to help improve mileage. The handling is quite good, feels solid, it IS a little noisy at speed . I have over 58,000 now and dealer says the A/C compressor might need replaced ?(choke) overall, it took awhile to "get used to" but it suits my needs quite well.
the size and carrying capacity. You rarily see another one (is that a sign?) I can actually walk around inside. The seats,although austere, have proven to be quite comfortable.
driving position, angle of leg to gas pedal a killer. A coat hook that will hold a real hanger. pop-out rear side windows(remote-control) heater/radio controls with REAL knobs, so you don't have to take eyes off the road. higher overdrive to reduce rpm's offer a diesel in USA.
We had our Eurovan for about 1.5 years
before we traded it in on a Honda. The
car was in for warranty work on a
regular basis. Fortunately, once
something was fixed, it didn't seem to
break again. Overall, the van was
tippy, noisy, and poorly designed
inside without convenience items like
reachable cup holders. The rear seats
are almost impossible to take out,
which defeats the purpose of having a
van in the first place.
Lots of interior room. Can comfortably
seat 7 large adults.
Noise, fuel economy, effort to remove
seats, center of balance, cup holders,