2009 Volkswagen Routan Consumer Review: We vowed never to get a miniva

2009 Volkswagen Routan Minivan - Consumer Review

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We vowed never to get a minivan...
By peninroutan on


2009 Volkswagen Routan SEL 4dr Minivan (4.0L 6cyl 6A)


...but we gave in after we had our third child. We looked at the Odyssey and Sienna, but these were ubiquitous and not very interesting to us. The Routan? Looks good, drives well with its stiffer VW suspension, and has huge amounts of space. We know its essentially a Chrysler, but the interior has enough VW feel to be fun. The dual-electric doors are great (Toyota Siennas seemed to offer only one electric door on some models). The exterior has strong lines. Will have to follow up later with a detailed review of reliability. Basically, its a minivan for those who promised they would never get one. As a guy, I'm OK being seen driving it, which is worth a lot.

Best Features

Leather seats, dual electric doors, sunroof, black dash switches, electric fold-down rear seats, sliding door windows can be rolled down.

Worst Features

Mast antenna is outdated and vulnerable to breakage. Backup sensors should be standard for a car this size. Middle-row seats should adjust forward.
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