2012 Volkswagen Routan Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$7,283 - $39,890
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
17 City / 25 HWY
Horsepower
283
Seats
7
Color:  Calla Lily White
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$7,283 - $39,890
Used Fair Purchase Price 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 design ethos, but the only engine choice is the well-regarded Chrysler Pentastar V6.

Volkswagen Routan Models & Trims

S $7,283 - $9,166
Horsepower: 283 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Ethanol V6
Standard Seating: 7
Standard Wheels: 16 (in.) - Steel
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SE $8,633 - $10,678
Horsepower: 283 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Ethanol V6
Standard Seating: 7
Standard Wheels: 17 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SE w/RSE $8,633 - $10,678
Horsepower: 283 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Ethanol V6
Standard Seating: 7
Standard Wheels: 17 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SE w/RSE & Navigation $8,633 - $10,678
Horsepower: 283 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Ethanol V6
Standard Seating: 7
Standard Wheels: 17 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SEL w/Navigation $9,720 - $12,203
Horsepower: 283 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Ethanol V6
Standard Seating: 7
Standard Wheels: 17 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SEL w/RSE & Navigation $39,890
Horsepower: 283 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Ethanol V6
Standard Seating: 7
Standard Wheels: 17 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SEL Premium $10,527 - $13,266
Horsepower: 283 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Ethanol V6
Standard Seating: 7
Standard Wheels: 17 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

4.17

23 Reviews

5 star 39% 4 star 39% 3 star 22% 2 star 0% 1 star 0%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

Nice looking and roomy for families.

I love the comfort and room of the interior. Lots of storage space and cup holders. The downside is we bought this vehicle used and in a month the motor had to be replaced the next month the battery. We've had it less than a year and now it has to go back in the shop because it is very hard to start.

- Michael B

Cool things about my Routan.

My car is very reliable and has some nice features like hands-free phone, TV for the kids, lots of cargo space, heated seats. I like being seated up high and I enjoy the bucket seats for the kids so they cannot touch each other. It also seats 7 passengers so it is perfect for road trips.

- Shannon B

Volkswagens are great vehicles, and made to last for a long time.

Since I complete regularly suggested maintenance, I have not had maintenance issues. I drove 1200 miles or more for several months running, and the gas mileage was good. I am able to travel with my family of 6, and 2 dogs, and luggage, and still not feel cramped.

- Virginia H

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Compare Models & Key Features

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Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$7,283 - $9,166
$8,633 - $10,678

Horsepower

Horsepower
283 (hp)
283 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Not Available
Standard

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

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

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Alarm

Alarm
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Not Available
Standard

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
Standard
Standard

Premium Sound System

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

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 - 39.7 (in.)
39.2 - 39.7 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Not Available
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

AC

AC
Standard
Standard

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
Standard
Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Premium Synthetic

Passengers

Passengers
7
7

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Not Available
Standard

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Not Available
Standard

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

3rd Row Seating
Standard
Standard

Pass Through Rear Seat

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Not Available
Standard
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Steel
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
225/65R16
225/65R17

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 Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
360 (.lbs)
360 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

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

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Standard
Standard

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
Standard
Standard

Seatbelt Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Overall
  • Front
  • Side
  • Rollover
*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front
  • Side
  • Roof Strength
  • Driver-side Overlap Front
*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall
  • Mechanical
  • Powertrain Quality
  • Body & Interior Design
  • ‌Features
*JD Power Circle Ratings

Safety Recalls (1)

Suspension > Rear Apr 4, 2012
Report Receipt Date:
Apr 4, 2012
NHTSA Campaign:
12V147000
Summary:
VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 ROUTAN VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM NOVEMBER 15, 2011, THROUGH NOVEMBER 21, 2011. SOME VEHICLES MAY BE EQUIPPED WITH RIGHT REAR HUB AND BEARING ASSEMBLIES THAT WERE NOT FULLY MACHINED.
Consequence:
THIS COULD RESULT IN A DECREASE IN DURABILITY, WHICH MAY LEAD TO WHEEL SEPARATION, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
VOLKSWAGEN WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE RIGHT REAR HUB AND BEARING ASSEMBLY, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING APRIL 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-8987.

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