2009 Volkswagen Routan SEL Review Car Reviews — Volkswagen Routan

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Volkswagen Routan

A Chrysler by any other name be, um… a Volkswagen?


1. The is essentially a Chrysler Town with a stiffer suspension and weighted steering – even the is almost spot-on.

2. It comes two Chrysler engine/transmission combos a standard 197hp 3.8L V6 five-speed auto.) and a 253hp V6 (with a six-speed auto.).

3. The engine actually gets fuel economy with a of 17/25 mpg (city/highway).


For starters, one of the first things any VW associate will tell you is the car has a German suspension, which is Overall, the car is slightly stiffer the Chrysler or Dodge counterparts – can be a good thing or a bad thing. appears to be less body and overall it feels slightly boaty. The down side is it is a little stiffer and you hear the metal creaking as the chassis over bumps – although the of a few kids is sure to overpower

The Routan does use the same suspension as its American counterparts, a rear twist-beam setup. is really only a semi-independent and while a fully independent isn’t required for driving it would help reduce of the chassis flex and subsequent Still, most other make use of this setup, Toyota, with Honda the only fully independent

Interestingly, the stiffer Routan is actually used on the Caravan and Country in Europe. The Routan has tighter steering, ideal for straight-on while tearing up the but around town it can seem heavy.


As for the the Routan does not come the swiveling second row captain’s found on the Dodge Chrysler and instead has two second-row reclining, flat and removable Captain’s with a 3rd row folding bench

The second row seats are heated on SEL models (like on our tester), but not on S and SE models. Leather seating standard on SEL models.

As for the front on the SEL they come with a 8-way power driver and manual front passenger with lumbar support, an 8-way power passenger optional.

All models get power and 2nd row windows with power rear quarter windows. SE and SEL get 2nd and 3rd row sunshades and both get 3-zone control. Cruise control and adjustable pedals are standard on the SEL a memory option for the pedals as part of an option.

The steering wheel for SE and SEL models standard with audio and controls and an option pack controls for the Electronic Vehicle Center (EVIC). The audio just like on the Chrysler are located on the reverse side of the wheel. Initially this like the most absurd to put them as there is no marking for paddle controls which Once you’ve figured it however, you realize this is ingenious because you never to take your hands off the (and safest) position on the wheel.

When it comes to and the all-important video functions of the there are several options upon the model chosen. SEL come with an AM/FM/6-CD with an auxiliary input and an screen with MP3 and DVD capability. The Rear seat Entertainment adds to that a 30GB drive with a USB port, two LCD screens (one for the 2nd and one for the 3rd row), headphones and Bluetooth compatibility. The Navigation Package adds a navigation system, a back up and one year of Sirius Satellite (also offered individually). The package, the $5,200 Premium includes a 9-speaker 506-watt system (it also comes a sunroof, remote starter, HID a power folding 3rd row and the ultrasonic park assist with warnings).

Oddly, the backup camera and park assist function in separate packages, so if you want both you have to pony-up $7,800. Yikes!


As for the look of the Routan, its is hardly a departure from its There may be a VW badge on the front, but still damn near to tell the different vans from any distance.

The Routan is a beast inside, with than enough storage In fact it’s hard to these things minivans any You feel like you’re a full-fledged bus – especially with the seating position that you up almost as high as a pickup

Interior space with the 3rd row down is an incredible 83 cubic That space expands to 144 when the 2nd row seats are removed.

Volkswagen Routan

As for the usability of the passenger space, just as good as any van with cup holders, storage bins and nets than you can count.

In of towing anything with the the max tow rating is 2,000 lbs. can be upgraded to $3,500 lbs with the Trim Pack 3, which a height adjusting rear suspension. Unfortunately it can’t be up with the Premium Package.


On the front, the Routan, being a has everything you might expect, ABS and stability control standard. standard are front airbags as as side curtain airbags for all positions. And of course the Routan the LATCH (Lower Anchors and for CHildren) car seat hooks.


I have continually mentioned the Grand Caravan and the Town the latter is really the only model of the two, as the Dodge offer near the amenities, nor it offer the 4.0-liter V6 engine and automatic transmission. The Dodge is vastly less expensive.

The Grand Caravan comes a 3.3-liter V6 and optional 3.8-liter V6, the base Town Country, the base Routan, comes the larger 3.8-liter V6 with as standard equipment. My SEL tester with its standard 4.0-liter V6 253hp and 262 ft-lbs of torque. VW this is enough for the Routan to 60 mph in a reasonable 8.9 seconds.

But power the only reason to choose the engine, due in part to the use of a six-speed transmission the larger 4.0-liter actually gets better economy with a rating of mpg (city/highway) versus 16/23 for the engine.


The final and possibly important point about the is the price. It is NOT, as you might bundles more than a The Town Country ranges $27,160 to $37,600 ($31,645 to CDN) for a standard model the VW ranges from $25,200 to ($27,975 to $39,975 CDN). So for a trim model in the U.S. the VW is cheaper. Add on all the gadgets and gizmos, and the VW ends up being the more buy… but only slightly. All and done our SEL tester with every option under the sun a hefty $44,375 – about more than a comparable Country at $43,130.


Since it went on in the summer of ‘08 the Routan hasn’t a particularly strong model for VW. everything into consideration, isn’t any particular reason to the Routan over a Town but then again, there’s no not to either. It’s really a of personal preference and one has to think the real factor hurting sales of its new minivan is the fact the company is so late to the game and the competition is so well established.

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