As my colleagues have said, the Routan is simply a rebadged Chrysler minivan. Yes, the fundamental van is a reasonably solid choice in the minivan segment, though not quite as fresh as Toyota's Sienna, but it fails to bring anything new to the table. As Evan points out, the VW actually offers customers fewer choices for useable interior configurations than Chrysler does! Perhaps the slight design changes and different badges make this van more palatable in certain markets, but I don't get it. I think we'd all love a cool new minivan from VW that has some sort of connection to the vans and busses in the company's past, but this isn't even close to the mark.
Phil Floraday, Senior Online Editor