We have a 2004 Toyota 4-Runner and a 2004 Acura MDX. Like PapaBill we have grand children hauling to do and need the room.
The 4-Runner ( mechanically ) may be the finest automobile I have ever had. The MDX is slightly bigger and better appointed and is also a beautiful running machine.
I can not comment on the VWs never having owned one but I did see an article on the internet within the past two weeks that VW sales are terrible and they have installed a new CEO to try and turn around the company. If sales are bad there must be a reason.