We purchased the VW Routan a few months ago, since then we have driven to Disney and back (1500 miles) With 3 kids and luggage loaded we still had plenty of room. The two screen DVD is great and the kids love being able to play 2 different movies at the same time, Mom and Dad love it more! This is my third VW (00' golf, 07 Passat previously) so I am pretty much a VW guy. The first thing anyone should know is that the Routan is a Chrysler with VW branding and a few VW upgrades. I wish they had included a bit more of the VW touches, such as the paddle bars for cruise control, wipers, etc. I think the exterior is well done and has the look of a VW. The powerplant is adequate. The transmission seems to have to shift to a lower gear pulling up hills on the interstate at high speeds(75-80). We will see over time how this plays out. The fuel economy is pretty good for the engine and size of vehicle. 27mpg on the highway running 75-80. Overall, we are pleased with our purchase, we could not have gotten all of the bells and whistles on a Yukon or Suburban at the price level of the Routan. I would tell anyone to purchase the Routan, but know that it is a Chrysler at heart and not a VW.
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.
My 2010 VW Routan has been a dream come true. It has everything you would want in a vehicle, and MORE! It's just missing the toilet. The Garmin system does everything from answering your phone to GPS (XM satellite radio for 1 yr.) There are dual drop down video players. The second row can watch a movie, while the third row can play video games. Just too much to mention about this dream car. It was everything that I could wish for. Definitely would recommend to folks looking for a stylish, safe minivan.