2011 Volkswagen Routan  -  $27,750

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $27,750
Base Invoice: $26,646
Destination Charge: $820
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Wgn S
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 20 | City: 17 | Hwy: 25
Body Style: 4dr Wgn S
Transmission: 6-speed automatic transmission w/manual shift mode
Engine: 3.6L V6 engine

Model Highlights

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.

Model News

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.

Value Writeup

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

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

EPA Classification
2WD Minivan

Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
25 MPG

Cruising Range - City
348.50 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
17 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
20 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
512.50 mi

Engine Type
Gas/Ethanol V6


Fuel System

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
283 @ 6350

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
260 @ 4400

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.

First Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
163.5 ft³

Front Head Room
37.2 in

Front Leg Room
40.6 in

Front Shoulder Room
63.0 in

Front Hip Room
57.0 in

Second Head Room
39.2 - 39.7 in

Second Leg Room
36.3 in

Second Shoulder Room
64.7 in

Second Hip Room
64.8 in

Third Head Room
37.9 in

Third Leg Room
31.8 - 37.6 in

Third Shoulder Room
62.0 in

Third Hip Room
48.7 in

121.2 in

Length, Overall
202.5 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
76.9 in

Height, Overall
68.9 in

Track Width, Front
65.0 in

Track Width, Rear
64.8 in

Min Ground Clearance
6.1 in

Cargo Box (Area) Height
46.2 - 48.6 in

Cargo Volume to Seat 1
140.6 - 144.4 ft³

Cargo Volume to Seat 2
83.0 ft³

Cargo Volume to Seat 3
32.7 ft³

Base Curb Weight
4494 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
3600 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
360 lbs

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
3600 lbs

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
540 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear
Twist Beam

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Spare Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
16 x -TBD- in

Rear Wheel Size
16 x -TBD- in

Spare Wheel Size
Compact in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Spare Wheel Material

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
38.0 ft

Brake Type

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.9 x 1.1 in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12.0 x 0.5 in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
20.5 gal

Basic Years

Basic Miles/km

Basic Note
3 Years/36,000 Miles Carefee Maintenance Program

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km

Roadside Assistance Years

Roadside Assistance Miles/km

Frontal crash test results are valid for 2011 model year vehicles manufactured before July 2, 2010.

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Rollover Rating

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Risk of Rollover

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

3.6L V6 engine

Selectable fuel optimizer mode

6-speed automatic transmission w/manual shift mode

Front-wheel drive

MacPherson front suspension

Twist beam axle rear suspension

Euro-tuned suspension

Optimized rack & pinion pwr steering

Pwr-assisted front vented & rear solid disc brakes -inc: 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)

16" steel wheels -inc: "Thistle" wheel cover

225/65R16 all-season tires

Body colored side moldings & fascias

Chrome bumper grille

Quad halogen automatic headlamps -inc: auto-off feature

Heated body colored pwr mirrors

Privacy glass

Manual sliding side doors

Manual liftgate w/flood lamp

Variable intermittent windshield wipers -inc: rear wiper

6-speaker sound system -inc: AM/FM CD/MP3 player, aux-input jack

4-way manually adjustable front seats -inc: active head restraints

2nd row captain-style reclining fold-flat removable seats -inc: in floor storage tubs

3rd row folding bench w/foldable headrests

Cloth seats & door inserts

Front row pillow top armrests

Floor console w/cupholders

Front & rear floor mats

Leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel

Manual tilt steering column

Instrument cluster -inc: dual trip odometers, coolant temp gauge, gear indicator

Pwr windows -inc: 1-touch up/down for front & 2nd row

Pwr vented rear quarter windows

Pwr door locks

Remote keyless entry -inc: rear hatch release, panic button

Cruise control

Engine immobilizer w/alarm

3-zone manual air conditioning -inc: rear air cond & heater

Rear window timed defogger

Dual glove boxes

Conversation mirror

12V auxiliary outlet

Front console roof lighting for front passengers

Single dome lamp for rear passengers

Leather shift knob

Coat hooks

Cargo nets

Front passenger footwell lighting

Electronic stability program -inc: brake-assist

Daytime running lights

Advanced multistage dual front airbags

Front/rear side curtain protection airbags

Side thorax seat mounted front airbags

Drivers side knee airbag

Driver & passenger safety belts w/pretensioners

Tire pressure monitoring system -inc: low pressure indicator

Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)











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