With buyers flocking to the ever-burgeoning crossover SUV market, one may think that the minivan's time has passed as the ultimate family hauler. However, for large families that NEED the space and versatility found in a minivan, the 2010 Volkswagen Routan delivers.
The Routan breaks from VW's current theme of sporty and small, and takes the company's aggressive styling to a larger stage. The headlamps and bulbous grill are very much in line with Volkswagen's current styling.
The base engine for the Routan is a 3.8-liter V6 that puts out 197 horsepower and 230 pound feet of torque. A 4-liter V6 is available, generating 251 horsepower and 259 pound feet of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
The Routan seats seven, with a 3rd row that folds into the floor seamlessly. Our test model came equipped with power sliding side doors that can be opened and closed with the push of a button from either the front or back seats. The one-touch power liftgate also makes loading and unloading the Routan a breeze.
With the rear seats folded away, the Routan provides over 144 cubic feet of cargo space.
Other features include a 115-volt AC power outlet and (2) 12-volt DC power outlets, AM/FM/MP3 player audio system with auxiliary jack and six speakers, and available leather seating.
Standard safety equipment on the Routan includes 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, electronic stability program, tire pressure monitoring system, LATCH child restraint system, child safety rear door locks and side-curtain airbags.
Base MSRP for the 2010 Volkswagen Routan is $25,900. An SE model will start at $30,500, while an SEL Premium model will start at $42,400. The Routan is backed by a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
With sporty Volkswagen styling applied to a family-friendly formula, the 2010 Routan is poised to take on a minivan market that, for many families, remains as necessary as ever.