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2012 Volkswagen Routan SEL Review

Sumptuous Minivan

A three-quarter rear view of a 2012 Volkswagen Routan

In short: A comfortable and well-equipped minivan.

While the Routan may share the same platform as the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Caravan, this American-made Volkswagen offers enviable amenities along with attractive Teutonic touches for a uniquely European spin on the minivan. Offering a cavernous interior with room for seven, the Volkswagen Routan is perfect for cruising with the kids — although full-sized adults should have no qualms with the spacious seating, either. Our SEL model tester came fitted with plenty of road-trip-friendly features, including an on-board trip computer, rear-seat DVD entertainment system and satellite radio, quieting concerns over that age-old question, "Are we there yet?"

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Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; 12-year/unlimited mile limited warranty against corrosion perforation; 3-year/36,000-mile 24-hour roadside assistance; 3-year/36,000-mile Carefree Maintenance.

Base Price: $27,020

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 7-passenger, 4-door minivan

Engine: 3.6-liter V6 engine
Horsepower: 283 hp @ 6,350 rpm
Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with manumatic shifting

Curb weight:
4,494 lbs
Wheelbase: 121.2 in
Length/Width/Height: 202.5/76.9/68.9 in
Turning circle: 38 ft

4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and electronic brakeforce distribution
Suspension: MacPherson strut front; twist beam axle rear

Traction: electronic stabilization control with traction control

Top Speed: 112 mph
0-60 mph: 10.2 seconds

EPA City:
17 mpg
EPA Highway: 25 mpg

front, rear and third row head airbags; front side-mounted airbags

Likes: spacious and flexible

Dislikes: despite the European-tuned suspension and styling, it's still a Chrysler product, motor and all


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