What's New for 2012:
- Added safety features available with SEL Premium trim
- Navigation system adds other features to SEL trim
The 2012 Volkswagen Routan is a minivan that shares a platform with comparable Chrysler minivans, but is slightly more sporty and luxurious, according to Volkswagen. The Routan is offered in four trim levels with several option packages available. The base S trim features 16-inch steel wheels and keyless entry, while the SE trim upgrades to 17-inch alloy wheels. The SEL trim adds a power liftgate, Towing package, sunroof, and fog lights, and the SEL Premium features Xenon headlights, rear parking assist, upgraded blind-spot monitoring system, and a rear cross-path detection system.
Basic interior features on the Volkswagen Routan include vinyl upholstery, air conditioning, cruise control, some power accessories, second-row captain's chairs, and a 6-speaker sound system. The SE trim adds premium vinyl upholstery, automatic climate control, and more power accessories, while the SEL adds leather upholstery, navigation system, and other upgrades. The SEL Premium features an 8-way power passenger seat, 9-speaker audio system, rear-seat entertainment system, and interior wood trim. Cargo capacity is 83 cubic feet behind the second-row seats, which expands to 144.4 cubic feet when those seats are removed.
Many options on the Volkswagen Routan's upper trims are available on lower trims.
Under the Hood
The Volkswagen Routan's standard power plant is a 4.0-liter V-6 engine rated at 283 horsepower, which works with front-wheel drive and a 6-speed automatic transmission.
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Volkswagen Routan are 17/25/20 mpg (city/highway/combined).
Standard safety features on the 2012 Volkswagen Routan include anti-lock brakes, traction control, front-seat side air bags, driver knee air bag, and 3-row side curtain air bags. Other features are optional.
In government tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Routan received 4 (out of 5) stars for rollover protection. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Routan received "Good" ratings--the Institute's highest--for frontal-offset and side-impact crash protection and roof strength.
|S (A6)||6 speed automatic||$27,020||283-hp / 3.6L 6-cyl||17/25|
|SE (A6)||6 speed automatic||$32,010||283-hp / 3.6L 6-cyl||17/25|
|SEL w/Navigation (A6)||6 speed automatic||$37,890||283-hp / 3.6L 6-cyl||17/25|
|SEL Premium (A6)||6 speed automatic||$44,280||283-hp / 3.6L 6-cyl||17/25|