• (4.6) 10 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $5,481–$15,237
  • Body Style: Passenger Van
  • Combined MPG: 21
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 7
  • Cargo Space: 83.0 cu.ft.
2011 Volkswagen Routan

Our Take on the Latest Model 2011 Volkswagen Routan

What We Don't Like

  • Limited seating versatility
  • Some cheap interior parts
  • Third-row comfort

Notable Features

  • Related to Chrysler Town &amp
  • amp
  • Country, Dodge Grand Caravan
  • New 3.6-liter V-6
  • New steering wheel
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Available backseat TV
  • Available MP3-ready hard drive

2011 Volkswagen Routan Reviews

Vehicle Overview

The Routan, Volkswagen's version of the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans, is more upscale than both its siblings, but it skips some of their most versatile features. Competitors include the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and Nissan Quest.

The Routan comes in S, SE, SEL and SEL Premium trims.

New for 2011
Although the Routan did not get the dashboard overhaul and styling revisions of its 2011 Chrysler and Dodge siblings, it does get the new V-6, whose horsepower and torque outpace those of the 2010's 3.8-liter and 4.0-liter V-6s. New perforated leather seats are optional, and the steering wheel has been restyled. The optional navigation system now uses Garmin software, and the SEL's stereo is now fully iPod/USB compatible. New roof racks on the SE and SEL can now be easily stowed, Volkswagen says. The Routan also receives three new airbags, increasing its standard airbag count to seven.

The Routan shares the same boxy shape as the Town & Country and Grand Caravan, but its face wears Volkswagen's sloping grille and lower air dam. The headlights incorporate rounded sections for the outboard bezels, similar to the lights on the Passat and Volkswagen's SUVs. Exterior features include:

  • Optional power sliding doors
  • Optional power liftgate
  • Optional xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Optional fog lights
  • Optional roof rack

The Routan's dashboard carries two distinct layers separated by metallic trim. Unlike the Town & Country and Grand Caravan, whose dashboards received substantial upgrades for 2011, the Routan bears only a redesigned multifunction steering wheel. The gauges and climate controls have distinct markings. The steering wheel doesn't telescope, however. Interior features include:

  • Standard removable captain's chairs, which fold onto themselves but not flat into the floor
  • Standard three-seat third row drops flat into the floor
  • Optional backseat entertainment system with two flip-down screens

Under the Hood
Volkswagen says it tuned the Routan's suspension and steering for a sportier, more European ride than the minivan's U.S. counterparts. Like both of them, the Routan receives a new 3.6-liter V-6 for 2011. It replaces the outgoing 3.8-liter and 4.0-liter V-6, but its power ratings exceed both. A new Eco dashboard button optimizes shift points for the six-speed automatic for better gas mileage. Mechanical features include:

  • 3.6-liter V-6 with 283 hp and 260 pounds-feet of torque
  • Standard six-speed automatic transmission
  • Maximum towing capacity of 3,600 pounds

For 2011, a driver's knee airbag and side-impact airbags for the front seats join the Routan's standard side curtain airbags. Including the required dual front airbags, the Routan now has a total of seven standard airbags. Safety features include:

  • Standard antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system


Consumer Reviews


Average based on 10 reviews

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Great Value van

by Juniper17 from on November 20, 2017

Great value van, reliable and comfortable. I purchased the care used in 2014 and it has been a great van. The only work needed is brake work and normal service.

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

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Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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