2011 Volkswagen Routan minivan car review — Volkswagen Routan

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Volkswagen Routan

2011 Volkswagen Routan car review

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and interior styling; seats; window controls; interior steering wheel and carpet; no storage space or Stow Go; features and options; springs wheels and tires

In 2008, launched its new full-sized minivans for America. Built in Ontario, combined Volkswagen styling and with Chrysler minivan

The Volkswagen styling is more and better suited to hiding the bulk, than any other current This is quite an achievement, the hard points on the outside are all the as the Dodge and Chrysler. The sheet internal surfaces, and gauge are different; the basic structure and are the same; yet the Volkswagen looks inside and out.

While the Chrysler minivans can feel over-isolated, the Routan seems to the connected-to-the-road feel common in Chrysler vehicles, due to a different choice. Those looking for a ride should stick to the but the Volkswagen version was, to its brand image, sportier and connected.

For 2011, the Volkswagen gained a new V6 engine which best in class horsepower with Dodge and Chrysler), class-normal gas mileage. The emissions makes it clear that the V6 is a motor.

Volkswagen Routan powertrain

Drive normally, and the will rarely ever rev 2,000 rpm, except when merging onto a or getting up to speed on a rural shifts are barely perceptible. On a road, cruise control on and at 35 mph, the engine was barely over at 1,400 rpm. your foot down, with the “Eco” button and the transmission will quickly putting you into the 3,500-and-higher band. The six-speed automatic’s low gear helps with launches.

By default, the transmission is in a mode; a convenient “Eco” button to gas-mileage mode. (Don’t be if, when gas prices rise, becomes standard program and the mode becomes the option.) you press the button, the car remembers you set it on future trips.

The engine has torque at low rpm, allowing the to stay in higher gears of the time, and providing a “kick” when even before the always-rapid Hit the gas at any speed, including highway and the engine will quickly rev up, if locked in gear; and, with 3,500 rpm, you can those 283 horsepower. It’s having a sufficiently sized with a turbocharger for extra What’s more, when it sounds like a sports There’s a definite delay you get the kick — not a long and you get enough instant response so it feel “rubber bandy.” are times when the engine less responsive than the 4-liter V6, which tended to an instant kick, but overall the new 3.6 is the potent choice.

Unlike the minivans, the tires were up to the of the powertrain; avoiding squeals on launches was easier, despite the low gear. Perhaps part of was also a difference in the tip-in — the Chrysler might have a less linear curve. Or perhaps (and likely) it was higher-performance tires on the

The ride is firm, handling and rough roads with fuss or noise; there’s a feel. Poor road are well damped, and bumps are not heard. Wind noise is high at 65 mph, but is not noticeable at speeds; it is not excessive.

Volkswagen inside the minivan

There was cheap-feeling or cheap-looking: there no sharp edges, and nearly surface was “soft touch.” The were years ahead of the minivans — not to mention our own Chrysler Town Country; seats feel better Dodge’s, and even the lowly SE has “leatherette” (leather and leatherette by Volkswagen has an “anti-soil” treatment). The up/down support was a good addition, as That said, the seats still be better cushioned.

The was set up with dull metallic around the shifter, gauges, and control area, which perhaps not as upscale as the Chrysler but were also less to reflect glare from the Sunglare blocking also led to a dashboard cover and, dark door uppers the off-white color for the rest of the The dark sections were all including panel inserts.

The panel was completely different the Chrysler and Dodge versions was, in fact, the 2008-2010 Rather than a pair of somewhat gawky dials integrated sub-gauges, Volkswagen four separate gauges; and the come to a tighter end, the blunt tips of the Chrysler The trip computer, PRNDL, and are underneath the speedometer and tachometer, warning lights are in subtle areas. A “nut-burl trim” gauge brings up the overall tone on the SEL — and only the SEL Premium.

At Volkswagen’s annoying signature red illuminates all the controls. On the one hand, it is a change to have backlighting a minimal impact on night and where all possible controls are On the other, red is not the most welcome Volkswagen’s original night choice was amber, which, not the color of warning lights, is a choice, albeit one that has out of fashion. Gauges were by Chrysler’s Indiglo lighting, and black-on-white both day and night.

The was marked in degrees, the fuel in the tachometer went up to 8,000 rpm redline remains at 6,500 it’s marked as 6,000); the rises to 140 mph versus 120. were the gauges “Volkswagenified” the prior generation Dodge. The Dodge and Chrysler use the new “gauge a gauge” designs supposedly copied high end watches.

The dashboard was copied from competitors; it is easy to use than the old fashioned shifter, and does not have as a feel as the column or console but it did let them add Electronic Range which allows you to choose gears or higher ones (IE out in 2nd). (Member “dakotaquadsport” that setting it to 1 keeps you in 2 gives you first and second and you start out in second, 3 keeps in you through third, etc; the can be used for higher engine

In front, there are eight — but since the front console slides back all the way to the seats, if needed, two can be said to to the middle row. Cupholders are into each door’s map four are in the sliding center top (two in front and two in back); two are in a sliding compartment in the center that also contains two coin holders.

Between the on the sliding console cover is a black plastic surface, for cleaning. Covered by the sliding top is a empty storage area, a power outlet. In addition, two-part seatback map pockets a hard storage area a net. All the storage areas rattle-damping measures.

The climate is simple enough and easy to for a three-way system; you can set the front and passenger temperatures separately control was standard on our test and choose the vent system, a separate control for turning on the a/c which is automatically activated on regardless. Another button you lock in rear temperature and fan All buttons are large enough for with gloves, logically well labelled, and backlit at to minimize distraction. The fan is very on its top setting but is more reasonable at settings; unfortunately, there’s no and pushing the Auto button the rear climate control auto, along with the

Overhead, our test car had the optional video (separate monitors for second and third rows, of simultaneously showing different standard second-row climate and snazzy white LED lighting.

and hatchback

One of the original design for the minivan was to have sliding on each side, for the ultimate in (one door was used in the generation for various reasons, but two had planned). Customers shown designs clearly opted for the and Honda’s first minivan in the market largely because it conventional doors. Times and today many see sliding as an admission that they a family, which they consider to be bad, because run to anything without a sliding But nothing else can give the opening and convenience of the sliders require only a few inches to in a parking lot), so minivans have them. In back, there’s no place for a door to into, a top-hinged hatch is big-SUV-style dual opening and accordians were never by any minivan maker, for whatever

Over a decade ago, gained power sliding powered hatches followed. is essential, and opening and closing doors is by no means hard, it’s not as easy to do from the as it is from the outside. But they are a especially if you can open and close the manually when needed. Chrysler and Volkswagen both this; the rear hatch can be operated manually, while the doors can be muscled closed if the door/window lock is on, or if the person twice on the door handle. The is pretty tricky, so after a time we shut off the rear which has a second advantage of kids playing with the (The doors can still be from the key fob or from the front-overhead these are clearly marked and located).

Stereo and video

Our test car had the stereo; adding music CDs, DVDs, and thumb was very easy, as long as were MP3, not AAC. The radio system was well into the stereo, as was the optional player, with good

The 30 gigabyte hard drive a lot of music; and you could sit and watch on the screen, as long as you were in The lack of a station-changing knob was with the satellite radio, has over a hundred channels; it a while to go through with finger on a button. Changing treble, or midrange took a to the physical Audio button, the virtual Equalizer button, multiple presses on a virtual (though you could “click and directly on the image of the equalizer

Switching modes required both hard and soft (or using the wheel-mounted mode press once on Radio or and you get touch-screen choices of AM/FM/Satellite, or For radio, it shows a list of four per screen, with the of the stations. The hard drive/disc has drive, disc, auxiliary little jack on front of the VES (video DVD), and USB control, so you can use your built in controls to the contents of your high-quality device. You can’t put iPod onto the hard drive, but you can from thumb drives, and it records from DVDs fairly quickly.

The overhead screen had a high quality and the supplied headphones let kids listen to their movies (or TV without bothering the driver. more important, the screen, pulled down from the didn’t interfere much the rear-view mirror, as some video systems do, and was out of the way of kids’ feet.

and gadgets and mobile Internet

safety features include spot monitoring, rain-sensitive mobile Internet, and rear path systems. The backup provides a fairly clear picture of where you’re with a guide line and distance indicator.

Another avoidance” safety feature was the tire pressure alert the speedometer. That area can be used to show distance to average mileage, or temperature and heading.

Minivan seats and

Getting in and out was easy, thanks to a engineered floor height; comparable SUVs, the Routan required no climbs to get in. Grab are still supplied at all the doors to make sure, but they won’t be needed; and if you have relatives, you can get set up with an aftermarket loader installer.

Both front seats and middle seats had attached, flip-up armrests, which better than the Toyota that have a ratchet The middle seats are not quite as as the fronts, but they are still far than the middle row on the outgoing and comfortable enough for long The rear row is comfortable and there is of legroom as well.

There is no ’n’ Go system with the Routan; the flip up, but don’t fold the floor. The underfloor bins are provided, but they can only be for cargo, which in fairness is all likely to be needed for with customers.

The rear seats are to stow, creating a flat floor; an electric stowing is available and thoroughly unnecessary for showing off.

Volkswagen Routan

Above the the roofrack was unusual: the crossbars folded into the side increasing the aerodynamic efficiency of the and minimizing the cosmetic intrusion of the

The middle seats had individual in the doors, and rear seats had the molded-in-sides cupholders carried it seems, from 1984.

As in the the interior is cavernous, and folding various combinations of seats for a great deal of storage Traditionally minivan interiors been surprisingly tough and of withstanding a lot of abuse.

Volkswagen Controls

Controls were sensible and well labelled. The hand stalk had controls for front and rear washer/wipers, the cruise was moved from a back to the wheel, where it the audio controls and trip buttons.

Door controls at each door, on the key fob, and in an row of buttons, in logical order; the were large and clearly The touch-screen stereo on our test car was to deal with than a unit, especially for audio (which required two touches to the diverting attention from the there are audio controls on the but they don’t cover or bass/treble.

The key goes into the a nice feature that’s more common since revived it a decade ago; have a knob and rheostat. intensity discharge headlamps very well focused and bright; the cutoff was sharp and to avoid blinding oncoming a feature shared mostly BMW. Visibility was generally good, aided by large sun a huge, low-to-high windshield, amounts of door and rear and narrow front and B-pillars, but was by the middle-row seat headrests, rear pillars, and large screen folding down the roof (when so equipped).

The brake is a traditional but awkward pedal; a foot brake sense in a vehicle sold as an automatic, but a release lever be preferable.

The Routan didn’t need to on us; it was immediately likeable, with its connected feel and easy-power There were also features that prospective car don’t usually experience afte taking the plunge, go far beyond the ability to change using the easy trip-computer The multitude of door controls a lot of flexibility, while the lockouts you safe — as do the door mechanisms. The various dome and map did a surprisingly good job of lighting up the minivan at night; while the interior on our car is cool and lets have personal lights much driver distraction. of course, there’s the ability to your whole personal collection in the dashboard, if you get the hard-drive

We appreciated having the hazard go on whenever the side doors opened and the key was in the ignition (this is a that has to be manually turned on the trip computer). We also the dual LED taillights, a major upgrade when one considers how many cars out there are without one or two of their brake (perhaps this is a local

Minivan manufacturing and pricing

The Routan, “the minivan seating for seven and the soul of a at $28,570, more than the and less than the Chrysler. up to the SE brings the price to $33,410, and to the SEL Premium we had jacks it up to $44,060 prices include $820

That’s a lot for a minivan, but the Volkswagen SEL Premium comes with a being the top of the line. Keeping the 283 V6 in check are electronic stability and four-wheel antilock disc there are front airbags, aribag, side airbags up side curtain airbags for all rows, individual tire and an alarm, as well as a rear monitor and obstacle detector for up safely.

Entertainment features a touch-screen navigation system satellite radio, DVD player, drive, wireless phone USB connector, and 500-watt amplifier nine speakers. The rear video system described is standard — complete with screens that can show movies, two sets of wireless and two sets of auxiliary input for the twin video systems.

seating on SEL Premium includes leather with contrasting nut-burl trim, power-folding seats, and two rows of captain’s (the middle row is removeable and can flat), both of which are A large power glass that slides open; the mirrors are heated, have memory, and incorporate turn

The usual items are also — power locks, doors, power hatch, control, fog lamps, rear and defroster, height-adjustable steering floor mats in front and trip computer, dual boxes, leather-wrapped wheel, pedals, power rear vent windows, memory (driver and passenger), automatic air (for three zones), protection on all windows, intermittent chrome exterior mirrors and handles, and AC outlet.

Finally, the SEL Premium includes remote (with or without convenience like automatic a/c and heated activation — you choose in the computer), a load-leveling suspension, and high intensity discharge Any mysteries about the pricing of the Routan SEL Premium should be by this point.

In every case, you get a three or 36,000 mile basic with towing assistance a 5/60 powertrain warranty; and provides free scheduled during the basic warranty The minivans use engines and transmissions in the United States (some might be made in Mexico); 82% of the is from the US and Canada on American-engined

The Windsor plant’s new quality and standards are promising; while minivans have generally average or better quality the goal is “ much better average,” and many measures are taken to achieve that. are old ones, such as being to stop the line when a is found, or sending advisors to or tracking problems more or empowering workers, or doing preventive maintenance. Customers regardless, most likely that their minivans are backed and better made they have been.

the Volkswagen Routan is a Chrysler at heart, carrying its strengths; but it has styling which some say is more successful than its particularly in reducing the apparent of the van and making it look a bit more The main drawback to the Volkswagen is the lack of Stow ‘n’ Go, some may actually prefer the VW The Routan may be ideal for those in neighborhoods where people down on a humble Chrysler or or bombard the owner with about how unreliable American are. It’s also a common purchase, for those who the utility of a minivan, but don’t to see the same vehicle parked the street. and at the mall. and everywhere There are very few Routans and it’s possible you’ll see another one.

All things the Volkswagen Routan is one of the best you can buy — a good solid choice, a alternative to traditional SUVs or crossovers, a people-and-cargo carrier par But, then, so are the Chrysler Country, and the Dodge Caravan, and are bound to get better as Chrysler more in the plant and goes problems encountered by even owners in the field. Fortunately, you have to pay $44,000 to get one.

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