• (4.2) 8 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $8,392–$16,440
  • Body Style: Passenger Van
  • Combined MPG: 21
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 7
  • Cargo Space: 83.0 cu.ft.
2012 Volkswagen Routan

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Volkswagen Routan

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • Related to Dodge Grand Caravan
  • 3.6-liter V-6
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Available backseat TV
  • Available MP3-ready hard drive

2012 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. With seating for seven in three rows, competitors include the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and Nissan Quest.

New for 2012
The SEL trim level gains rain-sensing windshield wipers and push-button start, while the SEL Premium now includes a blind spot warning system.

Exterior
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. Exterior features include:

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


Interior
The Routan's dashboard carries two distinct layers separated by metallic trim. Unlike the Town & Country and Grand Caravan, whose dashboards received substantial upgrades last year, the Routan gained only a redesigned multifunction steering wheel. The steering wheel doesn't telescope, however. Interior features include:

  • Standard removable second-row captain's chairs 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.-brand counterparts. Like both of them, the Routan received a new 3.6-liter V-6 last year. It replaced the outgoing 3.8-liter and 4.0-liter V-6, but its power ratings exceed both. An Eco dashboard button optimizes shift points for the six-speed automatic transmission for better gas mileage. Mechanical features include:

  • 3.6-liter V-6 with 283 horsepower and 260 pounds-feet of torque
  • Maximum towing capacity of 3,600 pounds


Safety
A driver's knee airbag and side-impact airbags for the front seats joined the Routan's standard side curtain airbags last year. Including the required dual front airbags, the Routan has a total of seven standard airbags. Safety features include:

  • Standard antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system

Consumer Reviews

(4.2)

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Routan

by connieci from kinnelon, nj 07405 on July 26, 2017

Great value. The interior is very roomy and comfortable. Has a lot of features in base model. DVD, Navigation at a reasonable price.

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2012 Volkswagen Routan Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volkswagen Routan S

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volkswagen Routan S

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

Recalls

There is currently 1 recall for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

Free Scheduled Maintenance

36mo/36,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

Roadside Assistance

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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