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First Look: 2009 Routan

Everyone who saw VW’s concept vehicle and immediately one, raise your

Lots of hands.

2009 Routan SE Carey Russ

everyone who would pay $40,000 or or more for one, raise hands.

Not too many hands out


Volkswagen was one of the first automakers to a concept vehicle to production unchanged with the New Beetle a ago, but not all concept vehicles are for production. Europe was not interested in the and a unique platform and high-cost plant, plus limited potential meant that it a concept. And although VW has a number of from small to large to in the European market, none are the of vehicles that could enough to be viable on this of the Atlantic. American minivan want minivans as they here, now. Which a not-so-mini size (compared to the mid-’80s minivans), dual-sliding a minimum seven-passenger capacity, interior configurations, and available including rear-seat entertainment, audio sources, phone and navigation systems, plus doors and a tailgate.

Enter the Routan. If it looks even with definably front and rear styling, because it is a joint venture Chrysler, assembled at a Chrysler in Windsor, Ontario in Canada. It is than merely a rebadged Town Country or Dodge Caravan, as I quickly discovered at recent introduction to the automotive in Sausalito, California.

Besides the obvious stylistic VW set strict specifications for suspension interior design, materials, and control. The Routan had to look and like a Volkswagen.

Wonder of it does—but that’s getting of the story. The platform is pure minivan, with MacPherson and twist-beam rear suspension. are four-wheel antilock disc, ESP-stability control (as in all 2009 The three trim levels are S, SE, and The S and SE have a push-rod overhead-valve V6 engine, with 197 hp and 230 lb-ft of the SEL gets an SOHC 4.0-liter V6 253 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. are Chrysler power plants, and all are front-wheel drive only, a six-speed automatic transmission manual-shift mode. Base range from $24,700 for an S to for the SE (expected to be the most popular) and for the SEL, or $38,400 for an SEL Premium. Add for the destination charge.

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Volkswagen Routan

With a dash than the Chrysler upgraded materials, and improved fit and the Routan’s interior says not Chrysler. All versions have doors, which are power-operated in the SE and The SEL also has a power lift Optional rear-seat entertainment are offered in all models, with the SE and SEL getting upgraded audio with hard-disk drives and USB A navigation system is available for the

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The available power-folding, third-row seat not disappears into an area used as a storage well, but it can be rotated backward for picnic or party use.

Routan’s power tailgate disappears into a storage when not in use. Carey

On the road, the suspension retuning is apparent. Firmer springs and and larger stabilizer bars, revisions to the steering make the a pleasant and controllable vehicle on the not just on the highway. The drive was through the backroads of California’s and Sonoma counties, many of are better-suited to a GTI than a minivan. In SE and SEL trim, the Routan did well, and well with the Honda which VW considers its chief The SE’s 3.8-liter engine is than adequate, but the SEL’s 4.0 noticeably better acceleration—and fuel economy, at an EPA estimated 17 mpg 25 mpg highway, and 20 mpg overall versus the 16 city, 23 highway, 18 overall.

Volkswagen doesn’t have of being a major player in the market, but the Routan will current VW owners, whose have outgrown the Jetta or a choice within the Volkswagen It adds choice for anyone a minivan. A minivan is not exactly an vehicle; it’s one bought out of but that’s no reason to give up a driving experience. The Routan is at the top of the heap, from a vehicle viewpoint, and still has all of the amenities in the class.

Downside? Well, the inner Chrysler shows The movable storage console the SEL’s front seats is a feature, but seems a little Time will tell that. And the name? Rout as in plus an, the standard VW MPV suffix.

Volkswagen Routan
Volkswagen Routan
Volkswagen Routan
Volkswagen Routan

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