The 2010 Volkswagen Routan is not only equipped to take on whatever the day offers up, it also has an energetic look that dares anyone to get in its way. Visit your Greenville Volkswagen dealer and test drive a new Routan today!
Body Styles, Trims, and Options
Base S models come standard with 16-inch steel wheels, full power accessories, tri-zone air-conditioning, cruise control and keyless entry. Every S also features heated side mirrors, a six-speaker CD/MP3 audio system with an auxiliary input jack, a removable second-row bench seat and a 60/40-split third-row bench that folds into the floor.
The SE adds 17-inch alloy wheels, power-sliding rear doors, upgraded V-tex upholstery, heated front seats and tri-zone manual climate control. This trim’s standard features list also includes power-adjustable pedals, an eight-way power driver seat, removable second-row captain’s chairs, rear sunshades, Bluetooth and an upgraded audio system with a six-CD changer.
The SE with RSE (rear seat entertainment) adds a rear-seat entertainment system as well as a power liftgate and satellite radio. The SE with RSE and Navigation adds a hard-drive-based navigation system with digital music storage capability and a back-up camera.
The SEL comes standard with the navigation system, power liftgate and satellite radio. You also get a larger engine, a towing preparation package (with a load-leveling rear suspension), foglights, remote engine start, a sunroof, leather upholstery, a power-folding third-row seat and heated seats for the first and second rows. The SEL can also be equipped with the rear-seat entertainment system (it also includes an extra display screen). The top-of-the-line SEL Premium includes all that plus xenon headlights, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, a nine-speaker premium audio system, an eight-way power passenger seat, driver-seat memory functions, a 115-volt AC power outlet and rear park assist.
Powertrains and Performance
The 2010 Volkswagen Routan S and SE models come with a 3.8-liter V6 engine that produces 197 horsepower and 230 pound-feet of torque. The SEL and SEL Premium are outfitted with a more sophisticated 4.0-liter V6 engine powering 253 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. Both engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 3.8-liter engine has an EPA fuel economy estimate of just 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway and 18 mpg combined, while the 4.0-liter V6 yields a 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined. The latter also provides excellent acceleration from zero to 60 mph — 8.9 seconds, according to VW’s estimates, and 10.2 for the 3.8-liter model.
The 2010 Volkswagen Routan comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability control and full-length side curtain airbags. In government crash tests, the Routan scored a perfect five stars in all frontal and side-impact categories. Likewise, in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the Routan scored the best possible rating of “Good” in frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests.
Interior Design and Special Features
The Routan’s interior includes a modified center stack and Volkswagen’s trademark red-and-blue backlighting.
The third-row bench folds flat into the floor, while the second-row bench or captain’s chairs can be removed for serious hauling duty. The Routan can carry up to 144 cubic feet of cargo.