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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
comfort beats most sports cars by a mile
fails to impress in terms of cargo capacity
interior is somewhat reserved
Kelley Blue Book
The 2008 Cadillac XLR is as comfortable as a two-seat roadster can get, though it makes do with less storage space.
According to Cars.com, "two occupants fit inside the XLR's luxurious interior.” Kelley Blue Book says its "seats are supportive, with a multitude of possible positions. Mounting the transmission in the rear provides abundant room in the footwell areas, an uncommon feature in a rear-wheel-drive roadster of this size." ConsumerGuide tempers its praise of this 2008 Cadillac somewhat: "not expansive, but as roomy as any rival," noting that the "comfortable, supportive seats set low, so entry/exit requires minor effort." Cars.com counters this: “high sills demand some twisting to get inside.”
As is the case with so many two-seat roadsters, there is "limited interior stowage" and "[little] trunk space with top down," according to Car and Driver, due mainly to the retractable hardtop. Kelley Blue Book notes that in the XLR, "storage space is reserved to a small storage console between the seats, the glovebox and two flip-out map pockets in the doors." Even if it "fails to impress in terms of cargo capacity,” MyRide.com asks, “who buys a $100,000 performance convertible for weekly runs to the local megastore in search of provisions for a family of eight?"
While the interior may look nice, TheCarConnection.com notes some problems with the Cadillac XLR 2008; Car and Driver reports "shoddy materials inside," while Edmunds comments that "compared to similarly priced offerings from European luxury brands, the XLR doesn't come close to matching materials quality and overall design." Damning with faint praise, Kelley Blue Book says "the XLR's interior is somewhat reserved, lacking the polish found in Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz cars."
For a convertible, however, the 2008 Cadillac XLR is amazingly quiet; ConsumerGuide reports a "tightly sealed hardtop, plenty of insulation keep wind, tire noise well within reason," noting that "normal conversation [is] possible with top down, even at highway speeds," although "rapid acceleration brings spirited V8 growl."
The 2008 Cadillac XLR has ample legroom, but less storage than expected and lower materials quality than its European rivals.