Largely unchanged for 2012, the Volkswagen Routan is a seven passenger FWD minivan powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The base engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission that enables the Routan to achieve an EPA estimated 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. Features include power liftgate, rear park assist, dual power sliding doors, power windows, roof rails, 17-inch alloy wheels, touchscreen navigation, Wi-Fi router, leather seats, rearview camera, remote start, heated side mirrors, rear seat entertainment system, power sunroof, 9-speaker audio system and HID headlights. Safety is comprised of electronic stability control, alarm theft system, brake assist, seven airbags and anti-lock brake system. The Routan is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
The 2012 Routan is just about the same as 2011's model. A few standard equipment items got shuffled around--remote keyless entry now requires SEL trim and above. The leather-wrapped steering wheel requires SE trims and better and the SEL Premium includes a rearview camera system and a 115-volt power outlet.
Clean styling; passenger-friendly interior; fuel economy; handling; entertainment and convenience options
The Routan appeals to minivan buyers who want a little more style and verve in their family hauler. Clean Volkswagen design cues dominate inside and out, and the Routan features a "European-tuned" suspension that's more handling-oriented than other minivans, and the Routan's powerful V6 brings a certain level of fun to minivan driving.