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STYLING | 8 out of 10
Handsome interior and exterior European styling
One of the most aggressively styled SUVs on the road
Everything is well laid out and easy to see
The 2008 Saturn Vue is a completely redesigned compact SUV derived from GM's European subsidiary Opel. Accordingly, the Saturn Vue features distinctly European styling that helps it stand out on American roads.
The redesigned 2008 Saturn Vue is available "in three trim levels," according to Edmunds: "base XE, midgrade XR and sporting Red Line." All trims of the Saturn Vue 2008 sport aggressive styling, and Cars.com says that "the Vue is one of the most aggressively styled SUVs on the road, looking neither too masculine (Dodge Nitro), too boxy (Hummer H3) nor too odd (Honda CR-V)." Most reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show the styling to be a hit, and reviewers at The Detroit News rave about this "crossover with character." Kelley Blue Book points out some specific characteristics, noting that "with its big and bold front end, trendy side vents and sloping roofline, the 2008 Saturn Vue is among the sportiest-looking SUVs in the segment." Cars.com mentions "the large chrome grille and teardrop-shaped headlights are probably the most masculine attributes" of the Saturn Vue, while "the downward-sloping roof, ending in a radically angled rear hatch, exudes European design."
The accolades don't stop at the exterior of the Saturn Vue 2008, either. Regarding the interior, ConsumerGuide reviewers gush, "Everything is well laid out and easy to see," including "large and clear gauges" and an "available navigation system" that "absorbs audio functions but doesn't complicate their use." Kelley Blue Book praises the "generous helping of high-quality materials and contemporary styling" on the Saturn Vue, which "combine in a comfortable and attractive interior." Cars.com reserves high praise for the interior, where "the metal on the wheel and interior door handles was a very elegant touch, and just the right amount as to not overwhelm the cabin," according to reviewers. Also, the interior of the Saturn Vue bears "an array of chrome-accented round shapes, from the gauges to the air vents to the climate controls," which Edmunds feels "lend a sense of classic style to the cabin."
The 2008 Saturn Vue reemerges as a stylish alternative to competing compact SUVs.