Growing up in the San Francisco Bay area, I was raised in a large family with plenty of cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents and parents. Going to family birthday parties, weddings and funerals always involved traveling in a relative’s mini-van. Urban islanders love mini-van vehicles because there is always a lot of room to load fine tapa mats, hot coolers of food, as well as family members. This year the Volkswagen Routan 2012 kicks off the new year with many features that bring back childhood memories but there are many reasons why consumers should look into the Routan today.
What’s good in the hood?
Underneath the hood it features a 3.6L V6 engine with 283 hp and 260 lbs/ft of torque making you feel like you’re driving a luxury sedan rather than a mini-van. With that kind of power, if you ever need to tow something, it’s a plus to know that you can haul 3,600 lbs with the Routan. The engineering behind this Volkswagen model gives it great gas consumption at 17mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
When you enter inside the mini-van, your first impression is that it feels like a luxury car on the inside and drives just like a Volkswagen would without you realizing that you’re in a mini-van. Features include 3-zone climate controls which allow those in the front, mid-section, and the back to all have access to controlling the temperature wherever they are seated. The leather interior throughout the Routan is a nice touch and the technology that is laced throughout this ride makes it a premium mini-van. You’ve got your touchscreen infotainment system with navigation and Bluetooth ready to be paired with your smartphone. There are also two LCD screens in the mid section as well as the back seats so that everyone enjoys watching movies. On long trips that involve a lot of traffic, kids will love watching their favorite movies with the Bluetooth wireless headsets.
Dropping off relatives to the LAX airport is always an experience if they are traveling back to the islands. Polynesians like to pack the maximum number of checked bags allowed per person to the maximum weight limit allowed which is 50 lbs per bag. The great thing about the Routan is that there is an automatic trunk liftgate which opens with a single press on your key chain. There are rear seat control buttons that fold the backseats all the way down allowing a lot of space to fit up to six large suitcases. The fact that the Routan can take a huge load makes those who don’t want to pack light or leave anything behind very happy.
We Polynesians love to celebrate numerous occasions from holidays to family and special events, and the best part of after these celebrations is taking the delicious food home. Some of the best features of the Routan on the exterior are the automated side doors, trunk liftgate, and roof rails. When it’s time to pick up family after an event or party, they want to be able to load their food trays from the feast to take home and that’s where the trunk liftgate and side doors that open automatically make it very easy to load up the Routan. Backing out of the parking lot, you always have kids running around and playing so the rear back-up camera helps avoid any kind of harm or danger and is more of a preventative mechanism that helps make your driving experience a lot safer. German engineering and technology in the Volkswagen brand has always been ranked at the top of its class when it comes to safety. The Routan was named the top safety pick of 2012 reassuring urban islanders that it has come on top once again.
Because it’s a people’s car, the Routan’s MSRP starts at $27,020. The way it drives on the road is strong and smooth. You feel safe on the inside and the interior amenities from entertainment to the sound acoustics adds comfort for an enjoyable ride. Most urban islanders are always running around from one family function to another. They are very much a part of the social calender. Whether it’s for a happy or sad occasion, duties are fulfilled and cultural protocols are followed. Polynesian gifts and foods always accompany the family to these occasions so Polynesians can utilize every feature of the Routan and for multiple purposes.
For more information on the Volkswagen Routan, please visit their official website.
Review by: Elizabeth Lavulo
*Urban Island Song choice for the Volkswagen Routan 2012 – Simple Love Song by Anuhea