The Routan is the only German minivan to hit the United States. Alongside from its perfect crash test scores and loads of options, it also features a stunning V6 engine. So whether you need to haul a good company of passengers, or just want to have the roomy comfortable ride of the Routan, this is the perfect minivan for all occasions.

Routan Key Features

  • 4.0L V6 engine with 251 horsepower and 259 lbs ft. of torque
  • 6 speed automatic with manual shift mode
  • Electronic Stabilization Program
  • Optional rear backup camera

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The Routan is available in three basic trim models. All trims are virtually the same except for a few options here and there, as well as the SEL trim which features the 4.0 V6 engine. Some features of the Routan are keyless entry, heated side mirrors, a six speaker CD system, a removable second row seat and a 60 to 40 split third row seat that convieniently folds into the floor.

Some very cool optional features are a DVD player, flip down TV screens, Bluetooth, a 30 gigabyte hard drive audio system, a back up camera and the power trunk lift.

Powertrains and Performance

The Routan’s basic model features a 3.8 liter V6 that produces 197 horsepower and 230 pound-feet of torque and of course we know about the 4.0 liter engine already. For the 3.8 liter Routan, it receives 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. The 4.0 engine gets a little bit better gas milage with 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.

For speed testing purposes, the Routan minivan goes from 0 to 60 in 8.9 seconds for the 4.0 engine and 10.2 seconds for the 3.8 liter engine.


Volkswagen’s Routan is all you could ask for when it comes to safety of your passengers. All of the much needed safety features are standard on the Routan.

In all crash test ratings, the Routan scored the highest possible in each category, making the Volkswagen Routan a ‘no brainer’ if you are traveling with your children.

Interior Design and Special Features

Routan features an elegant dash board layout and red and blue gauges and backlighting which really turns the Routan into Volkswagen’s flavor. An impressive statistic is that the Routan can carry up to 144 cubic feet of which is a massive amount of stuff.