2009 Volkswagen Routan vs. Its Competition

2009 Volkswagen Routan S
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2009 Volkswagen Routan merits a serious look if VW’s iconoclast styling and a huge cargo capacity top your list.

However, the refinement, fit, finish, and driving demeanor of the Odyssey make it the choice for enthusiasts.

Toyota’s Sienna is the smooth, soft, and luxurious player here, but a fully optioned version retails for even more than a Routan.

Significant manufacturer rebates applying to the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country will probably make these Routan platform-mates a more attractive buy for the budget-minded.

But price aside, unless your passengers really need the removable picnic table and more easily reconfigured second-row seats of the uplevel Grand Caravan and Town & Country, we’d call the Routan a better, more stylish bet than their Pentastar siblings.

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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2009 Volkswagen Routan has the bonuses of Chrysler’s segment-defining minivans with a touch of German flair, but a modern-day VW Bus it’s not.
8.4
The 2008 Honda Odyssey melds everyday practicality with fun-to-drive.
7.6
The 2008 Toyota Sienna minivan does almost everything right for the family, with a roomy, functional interior and great ride comfort, but there’s not a lot of personality.
MSRP From  
$25,200$25,860$24,440
Gas Mileage  
16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class  
2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Minivans
Style Name  
4-Door Wagon S5-Door LX5-Door 7-Pass Van CE FWD (GS)
Drivetrain  
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
777
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
4 Door4 Door5 Door Reg WB
Transmission  
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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