The Routan is also designed for those who need more space, not less feel of the road. Its suspension is better-damped for improved handling. It is helped along by a 283-horsepower V6 that gives good power delivery with 20 MPG in the front-wheel drive van. Of course, things can get out of hand even with a great suspension. In that case, the Routan offers a number of safety features.
Front, side and side curtain airbags protect occupants in all three rows of the Volkswagen van. In addition, there is a driver side knee airbag, and the standard electronic aids like traction and stability control for help during panic stops while driving the Routan. It earned it the highest possible rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety as a result.
Volkswagen also offers a significant range of trims for the Routan, with even the base S coming with heated mirrors, climate control of each row, a folding bench seat and keyless entry. However, optional and standard rear seat entertainment options and Bluetooth options may be attractive to parents with rambunctious children, and a power-folding third row seat could be of interest to those used to hauling around lots of groceries or other cargo.
There are other options buyers might consider. The Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey can be roomier in the front and middle rows, but the optional amenities do not really match up with the Volkswagen Routan. The Chrysler Town and Country may share some parts, but it is slightly less expensive at the cost of having a lower quality interior and no available passenger power seats. The Nissan Quest is another spicy competitor, but entertainment and luxury amenities will not be on the menu.
However, there are numerous trim lines offered with the Volkswagen Routan that make it an attractive choice for many types of buyers when considering a minivan.