Kelley Blue Book Value®
$6,561 - $39,890
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
17 City / 25 HWY
Horsepower
283
Seats
7
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$6,561 - $39,890
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
17 City / 25 HWY
Horsepower
283
Seats
7

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.6 Overall Score
Performance 3.4 Comfort 3.8 Styling 3.5 Value 3.2

Editor's Overview

If you took a Dodge minivan and gave it a VW makeover you'd have the 2012 Volkswagen Routan. The alterations are most obvious in the interior, which gets the benefit of VW's straightforward...

2012 Volkswagen Routan Owner Reviews

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Awesome family van, gets great gas mileage, and roomy.

2012 Volkswagen Routan SE

Love our Routan, I was looking for a SUV. I needed a lot a room for a special need stroller, feeding equipment and our service dog. The SUV did not have the space. I went to a Volkswagen dealership and saw the Routan. It had great room for all the equipment I needed. Seats fold down and if you do not want them all to fold you can pick which one you want to fold down. You can take seats out easily. Heated seat awesome for Wisconsin winters. Has two DVD player with no extra cost and a bonus for us. Came with cordless headphones. Each DVD can play different movies if they do not want to watch the same. Great for traveling to doctor appointments. Easy to get the kids out of the van. Extra plugs for all electronics front and in the back. Plenty of cup holders. Locks for the doors and windows, so kids cannot open them. Floor storage compartments with easy access to open them. Seats are very comfortable and recline back for naps. Fits three big car seats. We have leather seats, easy to clean. The back seats in the van have plenty of legroom. Center of the seat has no seat in front of it, so for an extra tall person there would still be plenty of legroom. No major repairs. Just the basic tires, brakes, etc repaired. We have almost 200,000 miles and it is still running awesome.

- Caroline D

The Volkswagen Routan minivan gets very good gas mileage.

2012 Volkswagen Routan

I love the leather seats. I dislike the center council- it is small and too low and wide open. I don't like how low the arm rest is- I am a small person (shorter than 5'3") and it is still too low for me, let alone my 6' husband. I wish that it had stow-and-go seating like the Chrysler. I like the gas mileage and the flex fuel- however gas mileage on flex fuel is not very good. I like that it seats 7 but the space between seats is less than the Chrysler town and country we had before- less room to navigate to the third row and less leg room in the third row.

- Kaylynn F

Our Volkswagen is a blue minivan. It is very spacious and has decent gas mileage.

2012 Volkswagen Routan

The Volkswagen routan is very spacious; great for going on long trips. Gas mileage is decent. One thing I have some trouble with is the wide turn radius; it is slightly difficult to make sharp turns. On the inside, there is a large gap in between the two seats in the middle row; it makes it easier to get to the third row seats. I also like extra features like the small movie screen for the kids, the "back up camera" that comes on when you are going in reverse, and the USB outlet.

- Ute P

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book
$6,561 - $8,346
$39,890 (MSRP)

Horsepower

Horsepower
283 hp
283 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
3.6L V6 engine
3.6L V6 engine
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof

Alarm

Alarm

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
40.6 in.
40.6 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
37.2 in.
37.2 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
36.3 in.
36.3 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.2 in.
39.2 in.

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

MP3 Player

MP3 Player

Entertainment System

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio

AUX Input

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control

AC

AC

Dual Zone

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
7
7

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats

Heated Rear Seats

Heated Rear Seats

3rd Row Seating

3rd Row Seating

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Steel
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Power Liftgate

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
225
225

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
121.2 in.
121.2 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
38 ft.
38 ft.

Length

Length
202.5 in.
202.5 in.

Width

Width
76.9 in.
76.9 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
4494 lbs.
4595 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
283 hp
283 hp

Torque

Torque
260 ft. lbs.
260 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
360 lbs.
360 lbs.

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
20.5 gal.
20.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
21 mpg
21 mpg

City

City
17 mpg
17 mpg

Highway

Highway
25 mpg
25 mpg

Suspension

Air Suspension

Air Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Safety Features

Features

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety