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.
Great car for a family
2013 Volkswagen RoutanTy R. - West Sacramento, CA08/30/2016
Overall we really like the car. It drives like a sports car with the power and aggression of the gas. Great for getting on the interstate. There is a clunk in the transmission going from R to D but it's nothing major. Just noting as others said the same thing and it appears to just be normal. All in all, bang for the buck, we are very happy to have this car! And nobody else really knows it's just a Dodge with a VW emblem on it, so it makes you look fancy!
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