Heels on Wheels Minivan Comparison VW ROUTAN vs DODGE GRAND CARAVAN — Volkswagen Routan

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Heels on Wheels: Minivan VW ROUTAN vs DODGE GRAND


By Katrina

San Francisco Bureau

The Auto


One well-known minivan – the Dodge Caravan – gets pitted a relatively newcomer to the family market, the Volkswagen Routan. German engineering beat machinery? Or will the Routan be as a clone or “Mini-Me” to the Caravan?

I a 2010 VW Routan with a 3.8-liter V6 engine and a 6-speed transmission. Available in S, SE, SEL and Premium my SE test drive featured a list of standards for a step base including an 8-way driver’s seat, heated seats, 17-inch alloy power-sliding rear doors, manual climate control, second-row captain’s chairs, the V-tex upholstery, Bluetooth and an audio system with a changer. The addition of the RSE (rear entertainment) brought a DVD player, a liftgate and satellite radio. vehicle price came to There were no add-on to configure.

And I drove a 2010 Dodge Caravan also with a 3.8-liter V6 engine and a 6-speed transmission. Available in a base SE, Hero and SXT trims; my Hero drive featured a trip heated exterior mirrors, power ventilated windows, temperature control, leather-wrapped wheel and shifting knob and a audio system with satellite radio. Optional included a $1,495 Popular Group (remote start, liftgate, passenger-side power doors), a $1,875 Single DVD Entertainment System (6.5-inch display, 30GB hard for storing songs, backup and a $220 special sliding console with cup holders. vehicle price came to

Don’t let the Routan’s slightly looks fool you: If you figured it out yet based on engine the minivan is essentially a rebadged of the Both feature the second and Stow ‘n Go seating system, and safety features and results.


Volkswagen Routan

But Comfortable Results: Two major differences were apparent: The had a nicer or “leatherette” seating and a navigation system, whereas the had cloth seating material and no The dash build inside the is a little larger or expansive, give a sense of more space. Both vehicles the standard Stow ‘n Go which consists of a pair of captain’s chairs that into the floor along the third-row bench for a flat featuring 140 cubic feet of room. Unfortunately, Stow Go seatbacks aren’t as comfortable as seats.

Reliability Safety Factor: features are the same – but I find it odd the charges for anti-lock brakes in their Power Equipment Powertrain and basic warranties are the Both feature “Good” for frontal and side impact tests with the IIHS. But the minivan on the 2010 IIHS Top Pick is the Toyota Sienna.

Cost Issues: Base for the Routan starts at $ while price for the Grand Caravan at $21,800. Look into Dodge incentives. The most thing about the Routan is how VW allowed this minivan to be.

Performance Ability: The driving of the V6 engines are identical – swift, and quiet. The difference is in the seating. Do you to sit up high, like a bus driver? the Caravan. The Routan’s driver tends to cradle the body It has been slighted repeatedly by both vehicles cannot to the performance of the Honda Odyssey in to handling refinement.

The Green Both vehicles retain driving mpg for an average of 18 mpg – to be expected a V6 engine. The smaller 4-cylinder inside the Toyota Sienna can get you driving mpg for about a 2-mpg


The Caravan feels a little next to the VW Routan’s special genes that make an car like a minivan into sleek and desirable. Furthermore, should not have to pay extra for of the Caravan’s optional features a power liftgate, remote and special cup holders; I also l how the Routan doesn’t offer traditional packages but just trims. And prices are the same you consider my Routan test was equipped with a touch-screen system and the Caravan test was not.

Volkswagen Routan
Volkswagen Routan
Volkswagen Routan
Volkswagen Routan
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