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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
Plenty of headroom and legroom up front...seats offer fine support
One of the easier SUVs to enter
Kelley Blue Book
offers plenty of room for its occupants and their stuff
Most of the reviews read by TheCarConnection.com praise the 2008 Pontiac Torrent's comfort level and ample front and rear legroom, but are less enthusiastic about its fit and finish.
Seating is more spacious and comfortable than in many five-passenger crossovers. ConsumerGuide notes that the Pontiac Torrent has "plenty of headroom and legroom up front, and the seats offer fine support." They call the Pontiac Torrent 2008 Multi-Flex sliding rear seat "clever," and its 60/40 split design can accommodate three child safety seats or two with one of the seatbacks folded. Kelley Blue Book says that the 2008 Pontiac Torrent "is one of the easier SUVs to enter, and the rear seat provides ample leg space even in its farthest-forward position." They call the seats "generously supportive and comfortable," but "nearly devoid of side bolstering." According to Edmunds, "the midsize Torrent offers plenty of room for its occupants and their stuff, including plenty of rear headroom and legroom."
Besides earning praise for its generous legroom, the Pontiac Torrent also gets high scores for its cargo capacity. Kelley Blue Book tallies "35 cubic feet behind its upright seats, and a healthy 69 cubic feet available with the seats folded." The 60/40-split seats accommodate long items, and they like the many cubbies and door pockets that can store small items.
According to ConsumerGuide, "the quality of Torrent's interior trim is improved for 2008, though the overall tactile experience still trails that of most competitors." According to Edmunds, "hard plastic abounds, but the Pontiac Torrent's cabin is attractively styled and solidly constructed." ConsumerGuide gripes that the GXP's engine "is particularly unrefined, the exhaust note is raspy, and tire noise is excessive." They also claim that their test model "suffered from loud wind whistling around the side windows."
The 2008 Pontiac Torrent has ample, comfortable seating, but can seem noisy and a bit plasticky.