Volkswagen Routan

The U.S. isn’t the only nation well known for making cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs. Even from the beginning of the automotive revolution in the early 1900s, European automakers were in the fight for consumer loyalty and excellent automotive engineering. One of the most famous of the European automakers is the German-based Volkswagen.

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Volkswagen Routan Origins

The Volkswagen company originally started in 1937 but didn’t have a home until its brand new plant opened in 1938. The company didn’t have the most auspicious start due to the onset of World War II. The German government ordered the company to cease auto manufacturing and turn its attention to making artilleries for the military. At the end of the war, Volkswagen was finally allowed to return to its intended purpose of making fine cars and vans. In fact, the famous Volkswagen Beetle started rolling off assembly lines in 1945.

Today, Volkswagen continues with its tradition of offering affordable cars to the public. In addition to the Beetle car and van, the company is also known for offering other models, such as the Routan.

About the Volkswagen Routan

Before the SUV made such a huge impact on the larger, family-style vehicles, the minivan was king of its class, and the Volkswagen Routan was no exception. From the beginning of production, these vans were well known for its reliability. Naturally, as a part of the minivan class, this van is known as an excellent family vehicle and usually comes standard with plenty of extras to make family travel much easier. Most models offer seating for seven comfortably and have cargo space, which is adequate for carrying everything from groceries to sporting equipment.

Like many other cars, trucks, and vans available, the Routan from Volkswagen was offered in a variety of trim levels. This particular minivan is known for offering comfortable cabin space, with the possibility of entertainment extras, as well as different exterior model options.

As well as its reputation as a popular family vehicle, the Routan is also known for being used a service vehicle as well. Many delivery services, churches, and other organizations used the Routan for a number of purposes with a great deal of success.

Volkswagen Routan Features

The 2012 Volkswagen Routan is incredibly similar to past versions of the minivan, but Volkswagen made some changes to the design. The available model is offered in four distinctive trim levels in an attempt to meet the needs of Volkswagen’s dedicated minivan buyer base. Consumers can choose from S, SE, SEL, and SEL premium levels with each one offering something unique.

For those familiar with minivan design, the 2012 Routan is built on a similar platform as the Dodge Grand Caravan and the Chrysler Town and Country. The major difference in the body styles of those three minivans is in the grille and rear of the Routan, which features that distinctive Volkswagen appearance.

New to all of the 2012 Volkswagen Routan models is a blind-spot warning system and rear cross-path detection systems on the upper-level trim options. Other safety features include anti-lock disc brakes, traction and stability control, and front, side, and, driver knee airbags. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety gave the 2012 Routan its highest rating in front and side crash tests. These features seem to be a deciding factor in the minivan’s overall popularity.

Volkswagen Routan Evolution

Previous models of the Volkswagen were well received, as well. These minivans may not be as popular with some as the past VW vans, but it’s certainly popular with suburban families and frequent travelers. Past model years of the Routan were equipped with plush, comfortable seats, though some experts complain of a lack of middle row seating flexibility. There is also some contention over the lack of driver legroom in older models. Even with those issues, the Routan is still very user friendly and makes for a relaxed ride.

Minivans are relatively large vehicles and need enough power under the hood to ensure it can move efficiently in all types of circumstances. In the 2011 edition of the Routan, Volkswagen equipped it with 3.6-liter V-6 engine for a smooth, reliable ride. Even with such a large engine, these vans are famous for its good fuel efficiency, which is also helpful for a family vehicle.

Like the new 2012 model of the Volkswagen Routan, the older versions are equipped with decent safety features as well. Most people looking to buy a used Routan are impressed with the minivan’s safety ratings.

Select a Volkswagen Routan Year

2012 Volkswagen Routan


For 2012 the Routan gets more standard features available in its model range: SEL models with a navigation system get standard keyless entry with rain-sensing wipers, and SEL Premium models add a blind spot sensor and Rear Cross Path Detection, which is designed to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side when pulling out of a spot.

2011 Volkswagen Routan


The 2011 Volkswagen Routan is a minivan based on the Dodge Caravan.

2010 Volkswagen Routan


For 2010 the Routan gains several new colors. Navigation arrives as standard equipment in both SE and SE Premium trim levels, while the latter also gets rear seat entertainment tossed in the package.

2009 Volkswagen Routan


Volkswagen adds a minivan to its lineup in the form of the all-new 2009 Volkswagen Routan.