Sure, the minivan market might not be what it once was, say 20 years ago before the SUV invasion.
All seats would meet the approval of Goldie Locks: not too firm, not too soft.
In the S trim level, you get a second row folding bench seat standard, but at other trim levels there are removable captain's chairs that fold forward.
The third row can fold into the floor or recline and face the rear, in case you want to do some tailgating.
Very clever touch.
Another clever touch is the flip down mirror up front that lets a mom or dad who is driving take a glance at the kids in the back without having to turn around.
Families that buy minivans for convenience are also usually concerned about safety, and the Routan does well in that area too.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives this VW five stars, the top rating, in frontal and side crash tests.
Driver, passenger and side curtain airbags are standard, as are electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes.
Pricing isn't too bad on the Routan, with a base S model starting at around $25,000.
But when you get into the higher trim levels and add all the bells and whistles, such as navigation and rear entertainment system with premium sound, you can push up into the $38,000 neighborhood.
The Routan is a very nice family hauler that defies the image of minivans as stodgy and boring.