Used 2009 Volkswagen Routan

2009 Volkswagen Routan
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2009 Volkswagen Routan

Pros

  • Perfect crash-test scores, comfortable seats, powerful optional V6 engine.

Cons

  • Interior tweaks can't mask ho-hum Chrysler roots, ponderous and inefficient base engine.

Used 2009 Volkswagen Routan for Sale

Volkswagen Routan 2009 SEL 4dr Minivan (4.0L 6cyl 6A)
128,427 miles
Used 2009
Volkswagen Routan
SEL
List$6,699
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Volkswagen Routan 2009 SEL 4dr Minivan (4.0L 6cyl 6A)
124,124 miles
Used 2009
Volkswagen Routan
SEL
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Volkswagen Routan 2009
133,245 miles
Used 2009
Volkswagen Routan
S
Nick Auto Sales
53.9 mi away
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Volkswagen Routan 2009
67,251 miles
Used 2009
Volkswagen Routan
S
York Volkswagen
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Dealer Notes
2009 VW Routan SE Minivan, Low miles, Sunroof, Power Sliding Side Doors, Sunroof, Alloy Wheels. Very Clean and Well Serviced. Call and Schedule a Test Drive Today
Volkswagen Routan 2009 SEL Premium 4dr Minivan (4.0L 6cyl 6A)
77,926 miles
Used 2009
Volkswagen Routan
SEL Premium
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Volkswagen Routan 2009 SEL 4dr Minivan w/Rear Seat Entertainment (4.0L 6cyl 6A)
70,066 miles
Used 2009
Volkswagen Routan
SEL
M&M Auto
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Thanks for shopping at M & M Auto Look at this nice 2009 Volkswagen Routan SEL ! Check out all the options! Get your seat just the way you like it with Power Adjustable Driver's Seat. Stay safe with Curtain Airbags! This vehicle's GPS Navigation System is straightforward and easy to use! Keep the kids entertained with this vehicle's DVD entertainment system! Keep warm this winter with heated seats! Ride comfortably in this vehicle's Leather Seats! Fit your family and friends in the same vehicle with the 3 Passenger Rear Seat! Add personal comfort with a Telescopic Steering Wheel! Anti-Lock Braking System ensures a smooth stop. This vehicle is equipped with a Back-Up Camera for your safety, see the world behind you! No more slipping and sliding with this vehicle's Traction Control!
Volkswagen Routan 2009 SEL 4dr Minivan (4.0L 6cyl 6A)
93,841 miles
Used 2009
Volkswagen Routan
SEL
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Volkswagen Routan 2009
89,838 miles
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Volkswagen Routan
S
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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2009 Volkswagen Routan makes improvements on its Chrysler roots. But with rivals like the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna to choose from, we can't recommend this Germanified creation.

vehicle overview

Volkswagen has a long history of producing small vans, from the iconic Microbus to the funky Vanagons from the 1980s. However, there hasn't been a minivan in VW's lineup since the EuroVan bowed out in 2003. The 2009 Volkswagen Routan minivan is VW's way of rectifying this situation. For traditional VW buyers, this is good news -- Volkswagen dealers now have something that will meet the needs of large families in search of maximum passenger and cargo space. But there's bad news, too -- the Routan is basically a gussied-up Chrysler Town & Country/Dodge Grand Caravan.

Yep, you read that right. VW wanted a minivan ASAP, Chrysler had excess production capacity at its plant in Windsor, Ontario, thanks to the extinction of the Pacifica, and the Routan is the product of this unlikely marriage. You'd think the VW folks would have learned a lesson from their countrymen at Daimler-Benz, whose dalliance with Chrysler proved costly in terms of both brand image and the bottom line. But Volkswagen believes that its improvements on the Grand Caravan formula will be sufficient to woo would-be Odyssey or Sienna buyers.

The tweaks start with styling. While the Routan's overall shape is pure Dodge, its front end receives Volkswagen's familiar headlight and grille design, and the slick-looking taillights are VW-specific as well. Inside, the dashboard layout has been revised for a more upscale appearance, though the chintzy switchgear is straight out of the Chrysler parts bin. Dodge's innovative Stow 'n Go and Swivel 'n Go second-row seats are unavailable in the Routan, but VW compensates with superior seat comfort, and the third-row seats still fold into the floor for cargo-carrying duty. Underneath it all, the Routan makes do with the same suspension layout as the Chrysler vans, though numerous revisions by VW's engineers aim to produce a more refined driving experience.

The reasonably priced 2009 VW Routan is indeed a better vehicle and probably the best of the three. But that's not saying much. Chrysler's myriad quality issues with its newest minivans don't bode well for the Routan, and even putting these aside, this is not a segment-leading minivan to begin with. It's a competent people mover with a hint of Germanic flair, but rival models like the Honda Odyssey, Hyundai Entourage/Kia Sedona twins and Toyota Sienna will serve the typical minivan buyer better.

Trim levels & features

The 2009 Volkswagen Routan seven-passenger minivan is available in three trim levels: S, SE and SEL. Base S models come standard with 16-inch steel wheels, full power accessories, air-conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, heated side mirrors, a six-speaker CD/MP3 audio system with auxiliary input audio jack, a removable second-row bench seat and a 60/40-split third-row bench that folds into the floor. The SE adds 17-inch alloy wheels, power-sliding rear doors, upgraded cloth upholstery, tri-zone manual climate control, an eight-way power driver seat, removable second-row captain's chairs, rear sunshades and an upgraded audio system with a six-CD changer The top-of-the-line SEL tacks on a larger engine, leather upholstery, power-adjustable pedals, heated seats for the first and second rows, a power liftgate and Bluetooth connectivity.

Optional on all models is an entertainment package. On the S model, this adds a DVD player, second- and third-row flip-down screens, Bluetooth, the upgraded audio system, satellite radio and tri-zone manual air-conditioning. SE and SEL models with this package also get all-row DVD playback, a 30-gigabyte hard-drive-based audio system, a back-up camera and the power liftgate (SE).

Some of the standard features on higher trim levels can be added as options on lower trims. Towing preparation with a load-leveling rear suspension is available on all three trims, while a navigation system that's bundled with the hard-drive-based audio system, satellite radio and the back-up camera is optional on the SE and SEL. The SEL-only Premium package adds xenon headlights, foglamps, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, a sunroof, remote engine start, a nine-speaker, 506-watt audio system, an eight-way power passenger seat, a power-folding third-row seat, a memory function for the driver seat and pedals, a 115-volt AC power outlet and rear park assist.

2009 Highlights

The 2009 Volkswagen Routan is all-new -- um, except for all the parts it shares with Chrysler's minivans, that is.

Performance & mpg

The 2009 Volkswagen Routan S and SE models come with a 3.8-liter V6 that produces 197 horsepower and 230 pound-feet of torque. The SEL is outfitted with a more sophisticated 4.0-liter V6 making 253 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. Both engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Surprisingly, the smaller 3.8-liter engine is rated at just 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway and 18 mpg combined, while the 4.0-liter V6 yields a respectable 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined. The latter also provides superior acceleration from zero to 60 mph -- 8.9 seconds, according to VW's estimates, versus 10.2 for the 3.8-liter mill.

Safety

The 2009 Volkswagen Routan comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability control and full-length side curtain airbags. In government crash tests, the Routan scored a perfect five stars in all frontal and side impact categories. Likewise, in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the Routan scored the best possible rating of "Good" in the frontal offset and side impact crash tests.

Driving

Volkswagen says the Routan evinces "European ride and handling characteristics." Thing is, Europeans tend to drive vehicles that are half the Routan's size. For such a large conveyance, the Routan acquits itself fairly well on twisty roads while swallowing most bumps and ruts without complaint. However, its driving dynamics remain a step or two behind the segment-leading Honda Odyssey. The interior remains quiet at highway speeds, and the 4.0-liter V6 makes the 2009 VW Routan one of the fleeter minivans around, if you care about that sort of thing. The hoary 3.8-liter V6 is relatively sluggish and thirsty, but you're stuck with it unless you ante up for the SEL.

Interior

VW has spruced up the Routan's Dodge-sourced interior with a revised dash layout, including a modified center stack and Volkswagen's trademark red and blue backlighting. However, anyone who has spent time in the Town & Country or Grand Caravan will instantly recognize the cheap-feeling switchgear, dash-mounted shifter and basic overall design as straight outta Motown. The Routan lacks Dodge's innovative Stow 'n Go and Swivel 'n Go second-row seats, but at least its conventional seats are nicely shaped. The third-row bench folds flat into the floor, while the second-row bench or captain's chairs can be removed for serious hauling duty. VW says the Routan can carry up to 144 cubic feet of cargo -- that's about average for a minivan, which is to say, it's gigantic.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2009 Volkswagen Routan.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

VW Routan Brake Problems
carshopper82,07/04/2012
I purchased an 09 Routan, and have driven it for 33,000 miles since. The van is nice and is perhaps the nicest minivan ride based on my experience. However, there are a lot of design issues with it. I have replaced the brakes all around including rotors, pads, and calipers three times - this at no cost because I documented to VW of America this is a design issue. Similar vans from 2009 (Chrysler Town Country) had the same issues - my in-laws own it. As you know, the Routan is a brand-labeled T&C. Othe rissues pertain to transmission hoses. So far VW has taken care of me but it is definitely a lemon.
Consumes Oil
pnwislander,04/16/2014
This is the first vehicle I have ever owned where I have to put in a quart of oil every 1,000 miles or the oil light will come on and the manufacturer considers that normal. There are other things that seemed minor, like side door catching etc. But all of the sudden after hitting 30,000 miles to have to start putting in a quart of oil every 1,000 miles (now at 45,000 miles) just seems ridiculous to be considered normal. Our other car is a VW Golf that we love ,and the Routan is just an all around disappointment. Wishing we had bought the Honda or Toyata minivan instead.
2009 Routan Nightmare!
Riri,02/07/2016
I was excited to buy my 1st VW, but sadly lost all trust in VW shortly after owning a Routan. The Routan is very unsafe to be on the road. Corporate doesn't stand behind their poorly made products, and this minivan has broke me due to constant major monthly repairs. Most repairs have involved the braking system (replaced master cylinder twice, abs unit & flushed brake line). Wheel barrings all needed replacement & problems with engine (censor replaced & another major part that I forget what it was now..I've lost track at this point). In the last 2 1/2 years it's required 11 major repairs that have cost me over $6,400! It's the most Ridiculous & UNSAFE vehicle I've ever owned! I can't wait to get out from owning a VW.
Almost killed us!
kiddycargo3,05/05/2011
We have had this thing in the shop 7times over two months when you add up all the days. 9 recalls, tons of electrical issues including the sensors not working on the side doors and smashing my two year old twice! The biggest issue was when I was driving my three kids going 40mph and the engine shutoff and I had no power steering or brakes! we almost smashed into a dump truck! God was watching over us and as I was somewhat able to turn the wheel and took out half the landscaping at MC Donalds right before I hit the dumpster the brake came on! Took it in and the computer was bad and come to find out there was a fuse missing this whole time. VW said well we put in a new computer and fuse sorry!
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Features & Specs

MPG
16 city / 23 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
197 hp @ 5200 rpm
MPG
16 city / 23 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
197 hp @ 5200 rpm
MPG
16 city / 23 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
197 hp @ 5200 rpm
MPG
16 city / 23 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
197 hp @ 5200 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Marginal
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2009 Volkswagen Routan
Used 2009 Volkswagen Routan Overview

The Used 2009 Volkswagen Routan is offered in the following submodels: Routan Minivan. Available styles include SE 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 6A), S 4dr Minivan (3.8L 6cyl 6A), SE 4dr Minivan w/Rear Seat Entertainment (3.8L 6cyl 6A), S 4dr Minivan w/Rear Seat Entertainment (3.8L 6cyl 6A), SEL 4dr Minivan (4.0L 6cyl 6A), SEL 4dr Minivan w/Rear Seat Entertainment (4.0L 6cyl 6A), SEL Premium 4dr Minivan (4.0L 6cyl 6A), SEL CARB 4dr Minivan (4.0L 6cyl 6A), SEL CARB 4dr Minivan w/Rear Seat Entertainment (4.0L 6cyl 6A), and SEL Premium CARB 4dr Minivan (4.0L 6cyl 6A).

What's a good price on a Used 2009 Volkswagen Routan?

Save up to $300 on one of 5 Used 2009 Volkswagen Routan for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $4,499 as of10/19/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from4.8 to 4.8 out of 5 stars.

Price comparisons for Used 2009 Volkswagen Routan trim styles:

  • The Used 2009 Volkswagen Routan S is priced between $4,499 and$10,990 with odometer readings between 67251 and133245 miles.
  • The Used 2009 Volkswagen Routan SEL is priced between $6,499 and$6,699 with odometer readings between 124124 and128427 miles.
  • The Used 2009 Volkswagen Routan SEL Premium is priced between $9,990 and$9,990 with odometer readings between 77926 and77926 miles.

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Should I lease or buy a 2009 Volkswagen Routan?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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