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The 2008 Saturn Aura has the room of a family-sedan champ, but some interior trim lacks the finer touch of imports.
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not without a few rough edges

Aura's cabin pleases with soft-touch surfaces and quality materials

There may be a few rough edges in the 2008 Saturn Aura, but TheCarConnection.com finds most reviewers are comfortable in this car--at least in the front seats.

When it comes to the 2008 Saturn Aura, passengers in the back are simply not going to be as happy as those in the front, says MyRide.com. The "multi-adjustable front seats" are "comfortable during a lengthy drive," they add, noting the driver can also find an optimal position with the telescopic steering wheel and power-adjustable pedals. The upper portion of the driver's door panel is also padded for comfortable elbow resting. Cars.com notes, “The optional leather front seats are firm but comfortable, though very tall drivers might wish for more rearward seat travel.” Edmunds adds the Aura "offers all the room, comfort and performance of other General Motors family sedans, but does it with more panache." However, backseat occupants will find that the seats are "lacking in thigh support" and that legroom is not as spacious as "the Pontiac G6," reports MyRide.com.

Edmunds counters, “the Aura treats rear passengers to a lavish amount of space -- but they must go without a center armrest.” Elsewhere in the cabin of the Aura, there’s a lack of “small-item storage," though trunk space is "class-average," says Consumer Guide. Even so, the trunk is "usefully shaped" and clocks in at "just under 15 cubic feet," according to Edmunds.

"The interior quality" of the Saturn Aura is "worlds better than its predecessors," vouches Car and Driver, "but it still doesn't quite match the best of the Japanese rivals." ConsumerGuide adds that the cabin of the Saturn Aura contains quality materials and a lot of soft touches. However, the test cars suffer some gaps in the panels and seams that are not friendly to the eyes. And while "chrome is sprinkled throughout for added flair," notes MyRide.com, the Saturn Aura overlooks several comforts and finishing touches such as "a rear seat center armrest" and "a close assist handle for the inside of the trunk lid." Particularly remarkable is a “morocco brown” interior leather package that reviewers adored, but as Cars.com observes, “There are rough plastic edges on the glove box, front door pockets and a dash storage cubby, as well as questionable faux stitching accents on the door armrests.”

When it comes to noise, ConsumerGuide comments, "Aura's main demerit here is marked coarse-surface tire thrum. Also, moderate wind rush at highway speeds. V6 engines sound pleasant enough, though neither is as smooth as the class leaders."


The 2008 Saturn Aura has the room of a family-sedan champ, but some interior trim lacks the finer touch of imports.

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