MSRP of 2012 Volkswagen Routan starts at $27,020. The 2012 Volkswagen Routan comes in four trims: the S base model, the SE, the SEL and the SEL Premium. All Routan models seat seven in three rows. Changes for 2012 are minimal and include additional standard features for the SEL and SEL Premium trims.
The 2012 Volkswagen Routan is a solid minivan, but others in the class offer more flexibility, nicer interiors and better performance. The Handsome styling, inside and out and more seat comfort than Chrysler minivans are 2 Pros of 2012 Volkswagen Routan. Reviewers and test drivers are dissatisfied with 2 respects: Seating not as versatile as Chrysler minivans and Interior not up to VW standards.
Though the 2012 Volkswagen Routan wears a VW badge, it is based on the two minivans built by the Chrysler Corporation: the Chrysler Town & Country and the Dodge Grand Caravan. As a result, all three vans have similar features, looks and performance.
The Routan used to distinguish itself from its Chrysler cousins with an upscale interior and a more responsive suspension – advantages that German cars typically have over American ones. But in 2011, Chrysler upgraded its vans while the Routan was largely left alone. As a result, the gap between the Routan and the Chrysler vans has shrunk, leading many reviewers to question if the Routan, with its higher price tag, is worth the extra cash.