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The XE has a number of stand-alone options and packages
Car and Driver
The Aura treats rear passengers to a lavish amount of space
The available sunroof cuts into headroom a bit
The 2008 Saturn Aura comes in well-equipped base form and in lavishly outfitted XR trim, but the price range between the two can be large, depending on powertrains and options fitted.
The 2008 Saturn Aura is available in two trim options: the XE and the XR. The XE has a lot of standard features all on its own, including "17-inch wheels, air-conditioning, full power accessories, a trip computer and a CD stereo with satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack," according to Edmunds. The Saturn Aura XR includes luxurious add-ons such as "18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, a power driver seat, heated front seats, remote vehicle start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an upgraded stereo with an in-dash CD changer, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and rear-seat audio controls."
There are a number of packages that can be added onto the two trim levels of this Aura 2008, says Car and Driver. For instance, there is the "Advance Audio Package," which "features eight speakers, a six-disc in-dash changer, and rear-seat audio controls." There's also the "Preferred package, which adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls and an eight-way power driver's seat," and the "Convenience package, which includes remote start and heated front seats and outside mirrors." And then you have the premium package for the Aura 2008, which is "essentially leather upholstery and heated front seats." Lastly, the "Enhanced Convenience package…adds a six-way power passenger's seat and power adjustable pedals but is again only available with the Preferred package."
On a less enthusiastic note, ConsumerGuide makes special mention of the optional sunroof for the Saturn Aura, which "cuts into headroom a bit."
A navigation system is not offered on the Saturn Aura, but a three-month subscription to XM Satellite Radio is standard.
The 2008 Saturn Aura comes with a lot of standard features but doesn’t offer navigation or advanced entertainment systems.