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2009 Volkswagen Routan Van

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2009 Volkswagen Routan Van

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Volkswagen Routan Van

The Routan appeals to minivan buyers who want a little more style and verve in their family hauler. In addition to clean VW design cues inside and out, the Routan has a suspension that's tuned more for crisp handling than ride comfort compared to the Chrysler minivans on which it's based. With the 4.0-liter engine, the Routan is also one of the most fuel-efficient minivans available, with a highway estimate of 25 mpg.

What's new for 2009?

The Routan minivan is an all-new model in the Volkswagen lineup. Though the seven-seat Routan is heavily based on Chrysler's minivans and assembled by Chrysler, the Routan has different suspension tuning along with unique sheetmetal and styling cues.

Model Strengths

  • Clean styling
  • passenger-friendly interior
  • fuel economy
  • handling
  • entertainment and convenience options

Model Review

The Routan offers two different V-6 engines, both strong enough to bring sprightly performance and adequate acceleration even when the van is full loaded. Base S and better-equipped SE models come with a 197-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 engine and luxurious SEL models get a more powerful 253-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6. All models get a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. In addition to offering more power and torque, the larger, 4.0-liter engine is also more economical, with EPA fuel economy ratings of 17 mpg city, 25 highway--1 mpg better in the city and 2 better on the highway than the 3.8-liter.

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2009 Volkswagen Routan

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- Cruising along the 101 freeway out from San Francisco, one driver senses we're steering a luxury sedan -- one of those sleek movers equipped with an agile suspension, lots of throttle power behind the pedal and cushy comfort from a contoured bucket which contorts under power controls to umpteen positions.

This is an entirely pleasant experience driving a deluxe vehicle, please understand, with soothing symphonic music filling the expansive cabin from nine speakers of a premium audio system with more than 500 watts of power.

Forward and side visibility, projected outward through massive tinted windows, encompasses the road scene in a superior design. Steering wheel, tilted precisely to a preferred angle, feels of soft leather, as does the driver's seat.

A handy cupholder -- one of many scattered around the compartment -- cradles a latte mug within easy reach.

With little effort, hands can cut the steering wheel and quickly change lanes. With only slight pressure exerted, right foot can summon some serious horsepower to scoot ahead of lesser traffic.

What a fine four-door luxury car this tester seems to be: It's refined with fancy comforts for passengers, liberated with exacting handling mechanisms, enthusiastic from a forceful engine.

Yet the image which opposes this impression of driving a fine luxury sedan appears in our rearview mirror: The reflection is not the confining quarters of a four-door sedan but the cavernous cube of a van, with second and third rows of seats in place and still enough room remaining in the rear to stock a load of luggage.

So we must remind ourselves that the vehicle we're steering along the 101 happens to be a minivan. It's also the latest vehicle from Volkswagen of Germany but it bears a peculiar name: Routan.

Cast on an extended platform with a choice of powertrains in front-wheel-drive (FWD) format, Routan becomes a plush statement for carpooling transportation.

It has a wheelbase stretching ten feet long, which creates a vast passenger compartment with seats for seven.

A low platform affords minimal step-up height comparable to a sedan so it's easy to climb aboard this minivan. The sliding slab door on each side positioned behind a front hinged door allows easy entry for backseat riders while a lift-up hatch door on the tail brings access to the cargo bay.

Crisp styling for the exterior package of Routan features a strong prow and streamlined hood with lines sweeping up to the canted windshield and over a flat roof as support pillars on the flanks go dark to blend with tinted windows and create the impression of a long streak of side glass.

The brash face reveals a chrome-bladed grille tucked between corner composite headlamps with louvered air intake vents cut into the deep fascia. Flanks are relatively flat with strips of body-colored protective molding and round arching wheelwells.

A blunt rump has twin-lamp taillight assemblies wrapping around corners and a thick body-colored bumper.

Climb aboard the Routan and you'll discover a three-row passenger compartment with storage spots everywhere: Doors contain useful storage compartments; the dash makes room on the right side for dual glove boxes; there's an optional multi-function console between the two front buckets and a section slides rearward up to 21 inches so riders on the second row can use it too; as many as 13 cup and bottle holders dot the cabin, including bottle holders integrated into the sliding side doors; there are covered stow bins below deck in the second row and these containers can hold a lot of gear out of sight; another stow spot is the deep well located behind the third-row bench.

Routan renders three grades -- S, SE and SEL -- with seat arrangements changing with each trim.

The conventional layout for Routan S edition shows a pair of bucket seats on the first row and a second-row removable bench with reclining seatbacks. A third-row bench splits 60/40 and folds into stow bins concealed in the floor. An option for Routan is a one-touch button for power-folding the third-row bench into the floor.

For Routan SE and SEL models the second-row bench is replaced by a pair of removable captain's chairs. If you pull out second-row seats and fold down the third-row bench, the flat-floored cargo bay which remains is huge -- totaling to 144 cubic feet.

Standard for safety on all editions are frontal air bags and curtain-style air bags extending above side windows for all three rows of seats. Also standard is a four-wheel disc brake system tied to an anti-lock brake system (ABS) with electronic brake assist (EBA), plus electronic stability program (ESP) anti-skid device with all-speed traction control (ASTC) and a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).

For motivation, Routan has two V6 engine choices. For Routan S and SE, the standard engine displaces 3.8 liters and delivers 197 hp at 5200 rpm and torque of 230 lb-ft at 4000 rpm. In Routan SEL the single-cam 4.0-liter V6 produces 253 hp at 6000 rpm with 262 lb-ft of torque at 4100 rpm.

An electronically controlled six-speed automatic transaxle works with either engine. Volkswagen fills Routan with lots of gear.

The list of features for Routan S includes air conditioning, four-way manual adjustments for front seats, a removable second-row bench and stowable split bench on row three, cloth fabric seat upholstery, a leather-bound tilting steering wheel, cruise control, power front windows, power heated exterior mirrors, 16-inch tires on steel wheels with wheelcovers, and an audio kit with AM/FM/CD plus six speakers.

Upgrades for Routan SE range from triple-zone manual climate controls to eight-way power adjustments on the driver's seat, captain's chairs for row two, power sliding side doors, a security alarm and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Routan SEL totes the 4.0-liter V6 engine with leather seat upholstery, three-zone automatic climate system, power controls for the liftgate, a floor console with adjustable storage bin, heat elements in seats on front and second rows, and power adjustable pedals.

Options in packages install navigation equipment, a backseat video DVD entertainment kit, a rear backup camera, remote engine starter, roof rails and a sunroof. Volkswagen starts the price ladder at $25,200 for Routan S.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 12 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2 years / 24,000 miles from the purchase date comprehensive limited warranty including the balance of the 4 year/50,000 mile original limited powertrain & corrosion warranty.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 112-Point Inspection
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 2 Year 24-Hour Roadside Assistance
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes, at no cost to buyer
Warranty Deductible $50

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