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2010 Volkswagen Routan

Day 1

2010 Volkswagen Routan Highline
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So I spent my entire weekend at the race track, got a huge adrenaline rush, and then Monday I returned the Toyota Yaris in trade for a 2010 Volkswagen Routan — what is this supposed to mean?

I drove the Routan’s twin, the Chrysler Town & Country, just a couple of weeks ago. Many probably do not realize it, but the Routan is a near-direct copy of the Chrysler with a few changes to make it look more German.

2010 Volkswagen Routan Highline
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The Routan uses the same drivetrain, has the same basic shape and the same basic overall design. The body is slightly different, but mostly due to the reshaped headlights and tail lamps. The interior is essentially the same, although the dash has been changed for more of a corporate Volkswagen look.

My tester is a Highline edition with a starting price of $40,575. Add in navigation and 17-inch alloy wheels and the price comes to more than $43,000.

Features on my tester include: power windows, eight-way adjustable driver’s seat, power sliding side doors and rear hatch, a power glass moonroof and seating for seven, with the more comfortable captains seats for the second row rather than Chrysler’s Stow ‘n Go seating.

My goal for this week? To stay awake — it may be a little tough.

2010 Volkswagen Routan
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $43,700

For more information on Volkswagen and the Routan visit Volkswagen Canada

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