2001 Volkswagen Eurovan Review from North America

2001 Volkswagen Eurovan GLS VR6

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission VR6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired100 miles
Most recent distance6000 miles
Previous carVolvo 240


A very nice van


My major complaint is poor fuel economy. The engine requires premium gas, and it only gets 14 to 16 mpg. It would be a really great car if it had a diesel engine. The diesel VW Jetta gets 50 mpg. Put that engine in the Eurovan and you'd have a winner.

The driver's seat is uncomfortable. My back was stiff after a 1700 mile trip. My Volvo seats feel better.

The seat is perhaps too high for the door opening. I'm 6'1" and sometimes hit my heat getting in.

All wheel drive would be nice, but, even with FWD, it does surprisingly well on ice and snow.

The space between the brake pedal and the center console is too narrow for a size 13 tennis shoe. I have to wedge in my shoe to press on the gas pedal.

General Comments:

It is the tallest minivan sold in the US (foreign or domestic) and has lots of head room. It works well with a wheel chair and side lift.

Acceleration is more than adequate, and it runs very smooth at 80 mph. A crosswind of 30 mph is no problem.

I like the front and rear heater/AC control feature.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th July, 2004

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review