All Routans come with a 3.6L V6 and a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.
The Routan promises to be more exciting to drive than the typical minivan, with a so-called "European-tuned" MacPherson front suspension and twist-beam rear axle suspension with crisp rack-and-pinion steering. When properly optioned, the Routan is capable of towing up to 3,500 pounds.
Inside, the Routan gets a clean, 2-tone appearance to the instrument panel, with materials and gauge faces that match the rest of VW's lineup and crisp white lighting on all gauges and dials. All models come with supportive bucket seats in front, but there are two possible configurations for the second row. The Routan S model has a reclining bench seat in the second row that can be removed when desired, while other models have two second-row captain's chairs. Both configurations feature a 60/40-split third-row bench that folds neatly into the floor to expand cargo space when it's not in use.
No matter what the trim, the Routan comes with standard features and conveniences aimed at busy families and passenger comfort, including a total of 13 cupholders and plenty of storage cubbies throughout for everything from childrens' toys to parents' smartphones.
The S model includes 3-zone air conditioning, cruise control, power windows and locks and a 6-speaker CD sound system. The SE adds a lot more of the luxuries most buyers will want, including heated front seats, power heated mirrors, power sliding doors, an alarm and a garage door opener, while the SEL brings a host of desirable features such as a power sunroof, power tailgate, heated front and second-row seats, and rear side-window sunshades as well as a navigation system, 2nd and 3rd-row video screens and integrated iPod input. At the top of the range, a Premium package completely loads the Routan with features, including HID headlamps, fog lamps, remote start, rear parking assist, an optional rear entertainment system, a 506-watt sound system with CD/DVD changer and a 115-volt power outlet. A towing package is standard on SEL and Premium models.
Anti-lock braking, Electronic Stabilization, front active head restraints and a bevy of front and side airbags are standard across the Routan range.
The 2011 Routan has few changes from last year. Among them, last year's engine lineup has been changed. All Routans now get the new Chrysler-sourced 3.6L V6 as the sole engine configuration. Meteor Gray, Cocoa Bean and Antigua Blue paints are no longer available, replaced with Twilight Gray and Deep Claret, and the standard stereo got a significant upgrade on the SEL, adding 2nd and 3rd-row video screens and iPod integration.
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. A new, more powerful V6 is available for 2011, and should prompt minivan buyers to take a second look at the Volkswagen minivan.
Clean styling; passenger-friendly interior; fuel economy; handling; entertainment and convenience options
Vehicle Price: 27,750.00
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