We did a lot of research into mini-vans and ended up with a VW 2010 Routan. After test driving the Chrysler Town & Country, we felt that the comfort and quality that the Routan offered edged out the T&C. It also helped that we found a low mileage practically brand new Routan for a great price. The Stow-n-Go seating option for the T&C and Dodge Caravan are definitely a nice feature but the middle seats are small and uncomfortable. We wanted a minivan to haul people and not stuff so we felt that we just wouldn't use the Stow-n-Go seats that much. The VW Routan has nice captains chairs in the middle row which we thought would be much better for us. If we really need to haul something big in our Routan the back seat still folds flat which still gives us quite a bit of storage space. Also, you still get the in floor storage under the middle row of seats. The other thing that we really liked about the Routan was the overall look of it. We felt that it has a slightly more refined look than the Town and Country and the Dodge Caravan. This is really a matter of preference but for us we felt it looked a little bit nicer. What we like: - Captains chairs in the middle row - Vehicle Entertainment System (Dual DVD Players) - UConnect option (bluetooth) - Storage options - Handling/suspension (Drives nicely) - Leg room in middle and back row - Seating comfort - Overall body style and comfort What we don't like: - 3.8L Engine struggles slightly when climbing hills - Fuel economy could be a little better - Middle captains chairs don't adjust front to back, they only recline - Passenger side leg room is a little bit tight for a taller person. Driver side is fine. - When video screens are down and passengers are sitting in the back row the driver's view out the rear-view mirror is obstructed. (However, this is probably a problem with most minivans)
We had to get rid of my 1/2 ton pickup due to a growing family and I can honestly say I don't regret the swap for a minute. The interior space is great and it's actually fun to drive. It handles much tighter than most sedans and it doesn't have the "minivan" feel and body roll when cornering. I had heard all the horror stories about VW Maitanence costs but because it's based on the Chrystleg platform I have had no problems at my local shop. Plus it's nice to get the occasional compliment about how good your minivan looks.
If you are planning to buy a ROUTAN or just bought one - might as well not use it until VOLKSWAGEN releases parts. Mine was accidentally hit by another car last October 2008 - my ROUTAN is still with them WAITING FOR THE PARTS?!? It is already DECEMBER!! This is a WARNING. I hope what happened to me will not happen to YOU.