Used Car: 2010 Volkswagen Routan Review
While the 2010 Volkswagen Routan offers VW styling, a smooth ride and high safety scores, other 2010 minivans offer better reliability, performance and interior quality.
The 2010 Volkswagen Routan shares its platform with the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country and 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan, but adds Volkswagen’s signature styling. Reviewers were impressed with the Routan’s styling and ride, however, like with its corporate cousins, they felt the Routan’s interior fell short and its base model was underpowered. Reviewers preferred the Routan’s available 4.0-liter V6, which offers more power than the base engine. The Routan performed very well in crash tests.
While the Town & Country and Grand Caravan offer more versatile second- and third-row seats, reviewers said the Routan’s seats were more comfortable. The Routan’s interior is slightly nicer than its Chrysler counterparts, but test drivers felt the changes weren’t enough to match top rivals like the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. The Routan seats seven with either a second-row bench or a pair of captain’s chairs. All trims come with a third-row bench that folds flat to increase cargo space. Cargo space is average for the class.
As far as features, reviewers appreciated the VW touches, but lamented the Chrysler influences. Notable standard features include tri-zone air conditioning, cruise control, power windows and a six-speaker sound system with an auxiliary input. Fully-loaded models may include features like satellite radio, Bluetooth, a DVD entertainment system and a navigation system. Little changed for the 2010 model year, so you may want to consider a 2009 Routan to save money.
Volkswagen Routan Pictures
Other Cars to Consider
The 2010 Toyota Sienna is worth considering because it offers good performance and a refined interior. Overall, reviewers were impressed with the Sienna’s engine power, cargo space and interior comfort when it was new. Its safety scores aren’t quite as good as the Routan’s, but the Sienna has better reliability scores than most 2010 minivans.
If you’re looking for a minivan that can perform like a car, consider the 2010 Honda Odyssey. The Odyssey’s smooth road manners and powerful engine impressed reviewers when it was new. The Odyssey matches the Routan’s safety ratings, but earns more points for its interior quality and performance.