2012 Routan
Better engineering for you.
German engineering isnt just about creating a faster car.
Or a tighter ride. Or even the most fuel-efficient engine.
Were not merely designing the sleekest silhouette. Or the
roomiest cargo space. Or the most breathtaking sunroof.
And even though we place safety at the top of our list, were
not in this solely to get recognition for our success. Or
to break records. Or to add extra safety features just to
be safe. At Volkswagen, were about all of these things
happening together, beautifully and precisely, to create
a car thats actually fun to drive. Because were not just
making any car, were making your car. Thats the power
of German engineering.
SE shown in Nocturne Black Metallic
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The Routan
From the carpool
to the fast lane.
Lets be honest. People need minivans. Because minivans
accommodate a life full of strollers, groceries, and sports
gear. Not to mention kids. Which is why the Routan—
with room for seven, up to 144 cubic feet of storage space,
and third-row fold-flat seats—is such a smart purchase.
As if that wasnt clever enough, add the available dual
power-sliding doors with power windows and an available
power liftgate in back for that extra boost of functionality.
And, for the ultimate seal of approval, the Routan was
named a 2011 Best Buy by Consumers Digest. Flexible,
appealing, and safe, with the unmistakable Volkswagen
performance thats designed to bring out the kid in you.
Because we dont think you should have to choose between
want and need.
SEL Premium shown in Sierra Stone leather
For the family who has everything.
Up to 144 cubic feet of cargo space
Eight-way power front seats with drivers seat memory*
Whether youre on your way to soccer practice or on your way
Heated front- and second-row seats*
home from the store with a weeks worth of groceries, the minivans
amazingly adaptable interior is ready for almost anything. Remove
the second-row captains chairs and fold the third-row seats flat to
enjoy up to 144 cubic feet of storage space. You can even choose
to automate the third-row seats with the available power-folding
feature. The Routan adapts with the greatest of ease should you
need the extra space. Plus, if you opt for the available remote
power liftgate, youll make accessing all that extra space even easier.
Getting in and out of the Routan is easy with the available
dual power-sliding doors. Thats right, doors on both sides.
The integrated power windows also have available built-in
window shades and driver-controlled rear vents to help
you keep a breeze going on hot days.
Every Routan comes with a wealth of in-floor storage
space thats perfect for stashing sports equipment, beach
towels, camping gear, or anything else you can think of
bringing along. Just load it up and youre ready for takeoff.
SEL Premium shown in Mariner Blue
*Feature available on select models.
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Technologically savvy.
Everything about the Routan is designed to help
make your life easier. Theres an available touchscreen
navigation system, which can help you map your
route around the country or around the corner, as
well as play any kind of music or talk radio you
like using both the one-year trial subscription to
SiriusXM Satellite Radio and SiriusXM Travel Link.
The available Bluetooth® system lets you answer and
make calls using voice commands. You speak. It
dials. And just to show that Volkswagen really has
thought of everything, the available Wi-Fi router
lets passengers connect laptops, game devices, or
smartphones to the Internet so they can surf, game,
or chat—wirelessly.
Remote start. The available remote start system is handy in
extremely hot and cold weather to help warm up the engine and
make the interior more hospitable before you climb inside and
leave for your destination.
Rearview camera. Once you arrive, the available rearview camera
gives you a real-time view of whats behind you, to help prevent
you from backing into anything but an empty parking space.
SEL Premium shown in Sierra Stone leather
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Dual-screen rear seat entertainment system*
Touchscreen audio system*
Double feature.
Once everyone gets settled and comfortable in
their seats with available Vienna leather seating
surfaces, let the games begin. Or the movies. Or one
movie and one video game. With the available
rear seat entertainment system, not only are there
up to two screens to watch, but they can each play
something different. And you can give separate
headphones to each passenger to keep the volume
down and the entertainment up.
The entertainment system is packed with features, including a
30GB hard drive and USB port, making it an excellent option
to help maximize your minivan. Load it up with music to listen
to along the way, or movies and photos to watch while youre
parked, and bring a little more joy to every ride.
SEL Premium shown in Sierra Stone leather
*Feature available on select models.
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Fold-flat rear seat with tailgate mode
Dual power-sliding doors*
13 cupholders
Design is all in the family.
Families need minivans. Which is why we designed one that looks and drives
like a Volkswagen. Its dynamic exterior has thoughtful details like available
17-inch alloy wheels, available turn signals built into the side mirrors, and
available store-in-place roof rails for carrying stuff. And lots of it. Climb
inside and check out the available sunroof that lets in sunshine and fresh air when
you need it. And dont forget to use the available dual power-sliding doors to
let yourself in. And out. So whether youre going on a road trip or ferrying
the kids around town, the Routan offers a wealth of practical solutions without
sacrificing style.
People like cupholders. A lot. So weve given you 13 cupholders conveniently located throughout
the Routan to stash coffee cups, soda cans, sippy cups, or even change for parking meters.
SEL Premium shown in Glacial Blue Metallic
SE shown in Deep Claret Metallic
*Feature available on select models.
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3.6L, 283-hp V6 engine
Six-speed automatic transmission
It hauls.
Towing capacity of up to 3,600 lbs*
The Routan may look like a minivan with all that space
inside, but it handles like a Volkswagen. Which means that
its optimized steering system puts you at the helm of a
powerful machine, featuring a 3.6L V6 engine with 283
horsepower and 260 lbs/ft of torque. And it also means
that carpool duty just got a lot more fun.
Isnt it amazing how the amount of stuff you have
seems to grow exponentially every time you have a
child? If this sounds like your family, youll love the fact
that the optional towing package allows your Routan
to tow up to 3,600 lbs.*
The Routan comes with a six-speed automatic transmission
that gives it uncommonly smooth shifting. You might
even call it effortless.
SEL Premium shown in Mercury Silver Metallic
*Optional towing package required. See owner’s manual for towing details.
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Active safety features are the things that help you prevent a collision, such as brakes, steering,
Passive safety features are what help protect you during a collision, such as safety belts,
and traction control elements like ABS and ESC. They may sound basic, but those elements
airbags,* steel-reinforced seating, safety cages, and crumple zones. You know that
Active Safety
can help save your life.
German engineering you love? Well, its actually throughout the entire car.
Passive Safety
This is an illustration and does not depict what will happen in a crash. All airbags will not inflate in real-world crashes, and if
SEL shown in Twilight Gray Metallic
multiple airbags do deploy, they will be in various stages of inflating/deflating and will never all be inflated at the same time.
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH)
Front-seat active head restraints
Crash-optimized front end
ESC helps prevent oversteer or understeer during
The TPMS system helps monitor tire pressure
ABS helps keep the brakes from locking up during
HBA helps ensure that you get the maximum power
LATCH allows you to secure child seats to your
These head restraints move forward and upward
Integrated right into the front structure of your
In addition to dual front and Side Curtain Protection®
an evasive maneuver by applying corrective forces
and informs you of any loss in pressure when
sudden stops, and it helps you retain control over the
from the brake system by judging the suddenness
Routan using specific built-in anchors that make it
in a rear-end collision, helping reduce head
Routan are impact-absorbing elements that help
airbags, the Routan comes with dual thorax side
to each of the wheels. In other words, it helps you
it occurs.
steering in the event of emergency braking.
of the braking and applying extra pressure when you
easier to install your child seats securely.
acceleration before it makes contact, thereby
minimize the amount of energy that reaches you.
and driver knee protection airbags.* You may not
maintain control.
need it most.
lowering the chance of injury.
know where your thorax is, but the Routan does.
* Airbags are supplemental restraints only and will not deploy under all crash circumstances. Always use safety belts and seat children only in the rear, using restraint systems appropriate for their size and age.
Carefree Maintenance®
Wellness for your wheels.
At Volkswagen, we believe in our products so
much that we give you three years or 36,000
miles of scheduled Carefree Maintenance*—
on the house. Come by for a courtesy vehicle
check within the first 90 days, and ask us any
questions you have while we give your Routan
a basic checkup. Then come by every 6,000
miles for your remaining scheduled maintenance
checks. Its that simple. So relax and enjoy
every carefree mile in your new VW. Thats what
its there for. And because its a Volkswagen,
itll keep that new car feeling for many years
to come.
No-charge scheduled Carefree Maintenance
*The Volkswagen Carefree Maintenance Program covers the vehicle’s scheduled maintenance for three years
or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. Coverage during the term of the new vehicle limited warranty at no
additional charge. Some limitations apply. See dealer or vehicle maintenance program booklet for details.
SEL Premium shown in Glacial Blue Metallic
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Six Seating
Standard, at no additional cost
Available, additional cost
Routan S
Routan SEL
- Not Available
Interior cont.
Includes: 3.6L, 283-hp V6 engine; 6-speed automatic transmission;
Includes all SE features, plus: rain-sensing windshield wipers;
Manual liftgate with floodlight
Driver and front passenger advanced multi-stage front airbags;* Side
16" steel wheels with covers; 4-way manually adjustable driver and
leather seating surfaces; 3-zone automatic climate control system;
Power liftgate with floodlight
Curtain Protection airbags*
First-row seat-mounted thorax side airbags, drivers side knee airbags*
front passenger seats; sliding, removable second-row captains chairs
power-adjustable pedals; heated first- and second-row seating;
Manually operated sliding side doors
Safety belt pretensioners for driver and front passenger
with folding backrests; third-row fold-in-floor, 60/40-split bench seat
power-folding third-row seats; adjustable highline floor console with
Power-operated sliding side doors
LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchor points
with folding headrests; second-row in-floor storage tubs; conversation
cupholders; power sunroof; power liftgate with floodlight; keyless
Privacy glass
Power sunroof
4-way manually adjustable driver and front passenger seats; removable
12V power outlet; multi-function leather-wrapped steering
access with push-button start; remote start; automatic headlights;
2nd-row captains chairs with folding backrests; 3rd-row fold-in-floor,
Quad halogen headlights with Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and
60/40-split bench seat with tailgating position
wheel and shift knob; 6-speaker sound system with AM/FM radio,
touchscreen navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM
auto-off feature
8-way power drivers seat with adjustable lumbar support and 4-way manual
MP3-compatible CD player and AUX-in; drivers side knee airbag;*
Travel Link services with
1-year trial subscription, satellite radio
front passengers seat
first-row seat-mounted thorax side airbags;* driver and front
playback feature and integrated iPod interface; SiriusXM Satellite
High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights with Daytime Running Lights
8-way power front seats with adjustable lumbar support for driver, and with
(DRL) and programmable auto on-off feature
memory for drivers seat
passenger airbags;* Side Curtain Protection® head airbags* for all
Radio with 1-year trial subscription; rearview camera.
Power, heated driver and passenger side mirrors, matte black
Power 3rd-row bench seat with tailgating position
outward seating positions; Electronic Stability Control (ESC); audio
Power, heated driver and passenger side mirrors, body color
Heated driver and front passenger seats
controls on steering wheel; Anti-lock Braking System
(ABS); Tire
SEL with RSE
Power, heated driver and passenger side mirrors with memory feature
Heated driver, front passenger, and 2nd-row seats
Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS); selectable fuel optimization mode.
and chrome finish
Includes all SEL features, plus:
2nd- and 3rd-row 9" LCD video
Power-adjustable floor pedals
Remote start system
Power-adjustable floor pedals with memory
screens with dual DVD-playing capability, remote control and
Rearview camera system with on-screen display
Coat hooks, floor console with cupholders, dual gloveboxes, grocery bag/
wireless headphones; CD/DVD player with touchscreen interface,
Keyless access with push-button start
purse hooks, storage bins, cargo nets, and cupholders
MP3-compatible; 30GB hard drive with USB input and music and
Towing preparation with automatic load-leveling rear suspension**
2nd-row in-floor storage tubs
photo storage; AUX-in.
16" steel wheels with wheel covers and all-season tires
Overhead storage system
17" alloy wheels with all-season tires
Highline floor console with adjustable storage and cupholders
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with low pressure indicator
Texture weave cloth seating surfaces
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with individual tire pressure
Leatherette seating surfaces
Vienna leather seating surfaces
Windshield wipers, variable intermittent, including rear wiper
Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
Routan SE
Power front and 2nd-row windows; power-vented rear quarter windows
2nd- and 3rd-row sunshades
3-zone manual air-conditioning (driver/passenger/rear)
3-zone automatic air-conditioning (driver/passenger/rear) with air filter
Routan SEL Premium
Immobilizer with alarm
3.6L V6 engine; 283 hp, 260 lbs/ft of torque
Cruise control
Power-assisted front vented disc brakes, rear solid disc brakes
Premium information display
Optimized rack and pinion power-assisted steering system
Includes all S features, plus: 17" alloy wheels; power-sliding doors;
Blind Spot Monitoring and Cross Path Detection
3,600 lbs towing capacity**
black roof rails with stowing cross-bars; color-matched side mirrors
12V auxiliary power outlet
2,000 lbs towing capacity**
115V auxiliary power outlet
and door handles; alarm system; leatherette seating surfaces; 8-way
SEL Premium
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Roof-mounted ambient nighttime lighting for center console illumination
power drivers seat with power lumbar adjust; second- and third-
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with brake assist
Includes all SEL with RSE and Navigation features, plus: High Intensity
Airline-style LED reading/courtesy lamps for all 3 rows
row sun shades; Premium Driver Information Center with up-level
6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode
(HID) headlights; foglights; chrome mirrors and door
Power door locks with remote-activated lock, unlock, rear hatch release,
instrument cluster; universal garage door opener; upgraded sound
and panic buttons on key
Volkswagen Carefree Maintenance® Program
handles; bright-finish roof rack; self-dimming side mirrors; direct-
system with 6-disc DVD changer; trip computer; Bluetooth® technology.
6-speaker sound system
3 years/unlimited mileage or 5 years/100,000 miles (whichever occurs first,
read Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS); memory for drivers
depending on the location of the sheet metal on your model) Limited
CD player, MP3-compatible; AUX-in; AM/FM radio
Warranty Against Corrosion Perforation
seat; 8-way power passengers seat; power adjustable pedals with
SE with RSE
6-disc CD/DVD player, MP3-compatible; AUX-in; AM/FM radio; Bluetooth
5-year/60,000-mile (whichever occurs first) Powertrain Limited Warranty
memory; rear parking sensors; Blind Spot Monitoring and Cross Path
hands-free phone system
3-year/36,000-mile (whichever occurs first) New Vehicle Limited Warranty
Includes all SE features, plus: 2nd-row 9" LCD video screen, remote
Detection; 115V AC power outlet; premium 9-speaker sound system
2nd-row 9" LCD video screen, remote control and wireless headphones;
CD/DVD player with touchscreen interface, MP3-compatible; 30GB hard
3-year/36,000-mile (whichever occurs first) Roadside Assistance††
control and wireless headphones; CD/DVD player with touchscreen
with 506-watt amplifier.
drive with USB input and music and photo storage; audio/video AUX-in
interface, MP3-compatible; 30GB hard drive with USB input and
Touchscreen navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel
Link services with 1-year trial subscription, satellite radio playback feature
music and photo storage; AUX-in; SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 1-year
and integrated iPod interface
121.2 inches (3,078 mm)
trial subscription; self-dimming rearview mirror; rearview camera;
2nd- and 3rd-row 9" LCD video screens with dual DVD-playing capability
Cargo volume with 2nd row removed and 3rd row folded
144.4 cu. ft. (4.1 cu. m)
power liftgate with floodlight.
Premium sound system with 9 speakers and 506-watt amplifier
Cargo volume with 3rd row folded (floor to ceiling)
83 cu. ft. (2.4 cu. m)
SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 1-year trial subscription
202.5 inches (5,143 mm)
SE with RSE and Navigation
76.9 inches (1,953 mm)
68.9 inches (1,750 mm)
Includes all SE with RSE features, plus: touchscreen navigation system
with SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link services with 1-year
trial subscription, satellite radio playback feature and integrated
*Airbags are supplemental restraints only and will not deploy under all crash circumstances. Always use safety belts and seat children only in the rear, using restraint systems appropriate for their size and age. **Optional towing package required. See owner's manual for details. The Volkswagen Carefree Maintenance Program covers the vehicle’s scheduled maintenance for three
iPod® interface.
years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. Coverage during the term of the new vehicle limited warranty at no additional charge. Some limitations apply. See dealer or vehicle maintenance program booklet for details. ††Roadside Assistance provided by Cross Country Automotive Services.
Sierra Stone
16" Thistle
Rear Seat Entertainment available
Hitch Mount Rack Attachment for 2 or 4 Bikes
Running Boards
with one monitor
Aero Gray
Calla Lily White
Mercury Silver Metallic
Glacial Blue Metallic
Mariner Blue
Sierra Stone, Aero Gray
Aero Gray
Sierra Stone, Aero Gray
Sierra Stone, Aero Gray
17" Mervin
Sierra Stone
AutoNet Mobile™ Wi-Fi Router
Base Carrier Bars with Canoe
Base Carrier Bars with Luggage Platform
Carrier Attachment
Aero Gray
17" Rota
MojoMat® available in dark gray and tan
Monster Mat®
Heavy Duty Trunk Liner with CarGo Blocks
Deep Claret Metallic
Twilight Gray Metallic
Nocturne Black Metallic
Aero Gray Texture Weave
Third-row mats also available
Third-row mats also available
Sierra Stone, Aero Gray
Sierra Stone, Aero Gray
Sierra Stone, Aero Gray
17" Soho
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when your vehicle is built. Some vehicles are pictured with options that may be available at extra cost or may not be available on some models. Ask your dealer about availability of options and verify that the vehicle you ordered includes the equipment you ordered. Tires are supplied and warranted
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and existing wireless and satellite technologies, must be available and operating properly for the system to function. The system is designed to provide you with suggested routes to addresses, destinations and other points of interest. Changes in street names, construction zones, traffic flow, points
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