Now that the VW Routan minivan has joined (at least) eight other Volkswagen models in being named a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), Volkswagen has further secured its place as the brand offering the most 2011 Top Safety Picks in the industry.
“The Routan's performance demonstrates Volkswagen's ongoing commitment to safety," said Adrian Lund, president of the IIHS. "Vehicles earning Top Safety Pick status afford the best overall protection in the most common kinds of crashes, and have electronic stability control for avoiding many crashes altogether."
Specifically, and in addition to electronic stability control, Top Safety Picks need to achieve the highest possible scores in the IIHS’ testing for front, side, rear and rollover crash performance, as well as provide head-protection airbags. The Routan delivers all that and more, with standard anti-lock braking, hydraulic brake assist, engine braking control and a full suite of airbags, including front- and seat-mounted thorax side airbags for the driver and front-seat passenger, VW’s “Side Curtain Protection” airbags, and a standard knee air bag for the driver. And notably, the range-topping Routan SEL adds such cutting-edge safety technologies as blind-spot monitoring and cross-path detection, the latter of which is designed to help drivers pulling out of restricted-view parking spaces by alerting them if it detects another vehicle approaching.