We've had this think going on two years and my wife and I have come to the consensus that when the power train warranty runs out (5yr/60k) we will be looking to replace it (2016MY) That being said, I hope VW produces a nice replacement for this that I can buy at that time. For VW and anyone elses reading pleasure, I give you my current review of the Routan we own and how it could be better.
Exterior Appearance: 5/5
I LOVE the exterior look of this van over any other on the market. I normally wouldn't give something a perfect score, but I can't think of anything I would change about the look.
Exterior Quality: 3/5
Where appearance ends and quality begins (or doesn't in this case.) The panel gaps are too much for my taste (removed two wasps nests from the door jams already, never needed to in my '02 Jetta) and I could care less for the wrinkled seals around the windows. Given time I would imagine any chrome will begin to peal from the plastic base material. And then there is the melting plastic trim... while it is caused by low-E windows on houses and not limited to this vehicle, it is something that can be corrected in future vehicles now that the problem is known. Simply using high-temp plastic or reflective surfaces would suffice.
Interior Comfort/Functionality: 4/5
This possibly could've been a 5/5 had I gone with the premium. Very comfortable in the Napa Leather seats, kids are entertained with the RSE, and the wife loves the comfort too. Lots of space for everything and love the bins under the floor. Could have used speakers in the second row, and better speakers all around.
Interior Quality: 3/5
Haven't found any major complaints other than the sliding door panel, which should be corrected on the next visit to the dealership. Aside from the seating surfaces, the feel of quality is not there like it is in my '02 Jetta.
Power train Performance: 4/5
I know what you are thinking, "Performance and minivan do not go together." I say why can't it? Overall this thing with it's 4.0L engine and 6-speed tranny has great performance and while I haven't towed yet, I see it's potential. Where it lacks is sway control for the corners, it could be better. Fuel economy is another downside, even though it matches most minivans out there, there is room for improvement.
Mechanical Quality: 2/5
Haven't had any major issues yet (knock-on-wood) but I don't expect this thing to last much past 100k without needing repairs. What more could I expect from a Chrysler? The major factor bringing this down is the brakes. I also had an issue with the hatch struts failing which were replaced under warranty, time will tell if it happens again.
You get what you pay for... and sometimes you don't. I would've never paid sticker for this van and somewhat regret even what I did pay considering the current resale value. Will the resale value be better once there are no longer new ones going for used prices?