Volkswagen Routan Review & Features

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Volkswagen Routan Review

Volkswagen has a long history of building small vans. There was the Microbus, of course, as well as the more recent Vanagon and Eurovan. However, the "hippie van" was always just that, and the later vans were just too funky to catch on with a mainstream audience. Consequently, VW has never really had a competitive modern minivan. In hopes of rectifying this situation, the company introduced the Volkswagen Routan.

The Routan was actually a rebadged and reworked version of Chrysler's minivan. Its general shape didn't stray far from the Chrysler formula, but the Routan's redesigned front and rear suggested a Teutonic makeover. In the Routan's first two years on the market, the cabin had a more upscale feel than the Chrysler vans, including more supportive seating and a partially reworked dash featuring VW's signature red and blue backlighting. Below deck, Volkswagen engineers retuned the suspension for a more refined and responsive driving experience.

As such, we found the Volkswagen Routan to be more desirable than its Chrysler siblings in these early years. However, by 2011, those siblings had implemented a series of changes that actually made them more similar to the Routan, and that previous advantage Volkswagen enjoyed was largely erased. Ultimately, the Routan was discontinued after four years of production.

No matter what year you're looking at, it's hard to make a case for buying what was essentially a Chrysler minivan from Volkswagen. Not only does Chrysler's spotty quality record remain a concern over the long haul, but competing used minivans like the Odyssey and Sienna are better buys in most respects.

Most Recent Volkswagen Routan
The Volkswagen Routan was introduced for 2009 and produced through 2012. A seven-passenger minivan, it was available in S, SE, SEL and SEL Premium trim levels.

Base S models included 16-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, second-row captain's chairs, a foldaway third-row split bench seat, a touchscreen-operated audio system and the usual assortment of modern conveniences. Stability control and a full complement of airbags were also standard.

The SE added larger alloy wheels, power side doors, a power driver seat, "leatherette" seating trim, heated front seats, rear sunshades and Bluetooth. The SEL got you tri-zone climate control, leather seating, a rearview camera, heated second-row seats and an iPod interface. The SEL Premium added a variety of luxury items like xenon headlights, keyless ignition/entry, driver memory settings and an upgraded sound system. A rear-seat entertainment system and a hard-drive-based navigation system were available on all but the base trim.

In its first two years on the market, the Routan S and SE trim levels were powered by a 3.8-liter V6 that produced 197 horsepower, while the SEL featured a stronger (and, surprisingly, more economical) 4.0-liter V6 that put out 253 hp. A six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive were standard. For 2011 and '12, every Routan was powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that produced 283 hp.

Anyone who has spent time in a Town & Country or Grand Caravan will instantly recognize the Routan's switchgear, dash-mounted shifter and basic overall design. The materials quality moved closer to that of its Chrysler siblings, but still remained a bit disappointing compared to most of Volkswagen's other models. The Volkswagen Routan version also lacked the Stow 'n Go second-row seats, but at least its conventional seats were nicely shaped. The third-row bench folded flat into the floor, while the second-row bench or captain's chairs could be removed for serious hauling duty.

In reviews, we found the Routan's original base engine to be sluggish and overmatched -- the SEL's larger V6 (and the later 3.6-liter V6) offered much livelier performance, and so equipped, the Routan was one of the fleetest minivans available. The Routan's ride and handling were a cut above the contemporary Chrysler minivans, but the van's overall dynamics still weren't segment-leading.

There were other less significant changes. For 2009 and '10, the base S came standard with an uncomfortable second-row bench seat that was later replaced with standard captain's chairs in upper trims. These early years also lacked the Routan's standard Chrysler-sourced touchscreen stereo interface and available Garmin navigation system.

Volkswagen Routan Cars for Sale

2010 Volkswagen Routan SE
USED 2010 Volkswagen Routan SE
List$13,99850,894 miles
 Check availability CarMax(3mi)(0)
Dealer Notes

3rd Rear Seat,ABS Brakes,Air Conditioning,Alloy Wheels,AM/FM Stereo,Automatic Transmission,Auxiliary Audio Input,Bluetooth,CD Audio,Cruise Control,DVD Video System,Fold-Away Third Row,Front Seat Heaters,Leatherette Seats,Overhead Airbags,Power Liftgate/DeckLid,Power Locks,Power Mirrors,Power Seat(s),Power Sliding Door(s),Power Windows,Quad Seats,Rear Air Conditioning,Rear Defroster,Rear Sunshade,Rear View Camera,Satellite Radio Ready,SiriusXM Trial Avail,Traction Control Price excludes tax, title, tags and $299 CarMax processing fee (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store.

2012 Volkswagen Routan S
USED 2012 Volkswagen Routan S
ListNot Listed80,400 miles
 + PerksCheck availability Hyundai of Chantilly(9mi)(2)
2012 Volkswagen Routan SE
USED 2012 Volkswagen Routan SE
List$11,99584,824 miles
 + PerksCheck availability Auto Trademark(17mi)(0)
Dealer Notes

-- 1 OWNER SE W REAR ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM - NAVIGATION - REAR VIEW CAMERA ON THIS CLEAN 2012 VOLKSWAGEN ROUTAN. DEEP CLARET METALLIC W SIERRA STONE LEATHER INTERIOR. EQUIPPED WITH 3RD ROW SEAT, DUAL HEATED AND DRIVER POWER SEAT W LUMBAR, BLUETOOTH, AM/FM/CD, AUXILIARY, SATELLITE, DUAL POWER SLIDING DOORS, POWER LIFT GATE, CLEAN CARFAX, FINANCING AND EXTENDED SERVICE PLANS AVAILABLE.

2010 Volkswagen Routan SE
USED 2010 Volkswagen Routan SE
List$9,99096,176 miles
 Check availability Tate Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Frederick(25mi)(2)
Dealer Notes

100% CARFAX guaranteed! 100% AutoCheck guaranteed! 3 Month 3000 Mile MECHANICAL COVERAGE included. CARFAX reports this to be a 2-Owner Vehicle. This Vehicle is located at our USED CAR Showroom location. Opposite highway of our New Car Showroom on Route 355. Directly next to Harley Davidson. The Used Car Showroom address is: 5708 URBANA PIKE FREDERICK, MD 21704 (301) 663-7001

2010 Volkswagen Routan SE
USED 2010 Volkswagen Routan SE
List$9,405127,883 miles
 Check availability Fitzgerald Volkswagen of Frederick Maryland(27mi)(2)
Dealer Notes

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2010 Volkswagen Routan SE
USED 2010 Volkswagen Routan SE
List$9,202100,965 miles
Special Offer + PerksCheck availability Hendrick Honda Woodbridge(29mi)(6)
Dealer Notes

Hendrick Affordable, Excellent Condition. SE w/RSE trim. REDUCED FROM $9,989! 3rd Row Seat, DVD, Heated Seats, Satellite Radio, iPod/MP3 Input, Bluetooth, Back-Up Camera, Quad Seats, Alloy Wheels, Rear Air, Power Liftgate CLICK ME!KEY FEATURES INCLUDEThird Row Seat, DVD, Quad Bucket Seats, Power Liftgate, Rear Air, Heated Driver Seat, Back-Up Camera, Satellite Radio, iPod/MP3 Input, Bluetooth, Multi-CD Changer, Aluminum Wheels, Dual Zone A/C, Power Fourth Passenger Door, Heated Seats. MP3 Player, Remote Trunk Release, Keyless Entry, Child Safety Locks. Volkswagen SE w/RSE with Tanzanite Metallic exterior and Aero Gray interior features a V6 Cylinder Engine with 197 HP at 5200 RPM*. Non-Smoker vehicle, It has passed VA State Safety and Emission Test, LOCALLY OWNED LOCALLY SERVICED.EXPERTS CONCLUDEEdmunds.com explains The 2010 Volkswagen Routan is an improvement over the Chrysler minivans it's based on.. 5 Star Driver Front Crash Rating. 5 Star Driver Side Crash Rating. 5 Star Passenger Front Crash Rating.A GREAT VALUEReduced from $9,989.SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE3-month/3,000 Mile Limited Powertrain Warranty, 24/7 Roadside Assistance, Rental Coverage: up to 3 days at $30 per day not to exceed $90 per occurrence, Trip Interruption Service: hotel, transportation, meal reimbursement, Multi-point Vehicle Inspection; detail mechanical inspection, CARFAX Vehicle History ReportWHO WE AREAt Hendrick Honda WoodbridgePricing excludes tax, tags,title,administration fee, contract fees and any out of state fees and taxes that may apply (including transportation). Please call dealer to verify pricing and vehicle availability. Used cars may have a $1695.00 recondition f Pricing analysis performed on 9/16/2017. Horsepower calculations based on trim engine configuration. Please confirm the accuracy of the included equipment by calling us prior to purchase.This Dealership checks the vehicle recall status prior to making any pre-owned vehicle available for sale. Manufacturers and/or NHTSA may announce additional recalls at any time. To inquire about the recall status of this vehicle, visit: https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/

2011 Volkswagen Routan SE
USED 2011 Volkswagen Routan SE
List$12,35969,280 miles
 + PerksCheck availability Hagerstown Kia(40mi)(24)
Dealer Notes

MD STATE INSPECTED, 3rd Row Seating. 2011 Volkswagen Routan SE 4D Passenger Van 3.6L V6 DOHC FWD SilverThis is just one of many premium used cars offered by Hagerstown Honda/KIA. Check out our new and used car selection at hagerstownhonda.com and hagerstownkia.com or contact us directly at 888-485-5281 . TO RECEIVE THE INTERNET SALE PRICE THIS VEHICLE DESCRIPTION PAGE MUST BE PRINTED AND PRESENTED BEFORE PURCHASE!

2012 Volkswagen Routan SE
USED 2012 Volkswagen Routan SE
List$11,609104,342 miles
Special Offer + PerksCheck availability Antwerpen Volkswagen(48mi)(4)
Dealer Notes

CLEAN CARFAX, ONE OWNER, GPS NAVIGATION, ANTI LOCK BRAKES, REARVIEW CAMERA, BLUETOOTH, MOONROOF, ALLOY WHEELS, HEATED SEATS, and LEATHER SEATS. Routan SE and 6-Speed Automatic. Tired of the same tiresome drive? Well change up things with this fully-loaded 2012 Volkswagen Routan. This fantastic Volkswagen is one of the most sought after used vehicles on the market because it NEVER lets owners down.

2010 Volkswagen Routan SE
USED 2010 Volkswagen Routan SE
List$12,59984,077 miles
 Check availability CarMax(54mi)(0)
Dealer Notes

CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with free vehicle history and safety recall reports (certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls-check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall), plus a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, and a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in MA, NJ, and NY). Price excludes tax, title, tags and $299 CarMax processing fee (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Prior Use: Fleet

2010 Volkswagen Routan SE
USED 2010 Volkswagen Routan SE
ListNot Listed75,143 miles
 + PerksCheck availability Auto Showcase Of Bel Air(67mi)(7)
Dealer Notes

This 2010 Volkswagen Routan SE features a 3.8L V6 OHV 12V 6cyl Gasoline engine. It is equipped with a Automatic transmission. The vehicle is Meteor Gray Metallic with a Aero gray Leather interior. - **Shop where the dealers shop, No dealer license necessary** All Vehicles subject to prior sale. Prices exclude taxes, tags, MSI, Processing and freight charges, and most aftermarket rims. *Some exclusions apply. See store for details. -