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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt - Quality Review

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The 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt gets by with good interior space, but trim quality and rear-seat room are not up to par.
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Typical compact-car space and comfort

Interior quality is not quite up to the best in the segment
Car and Driver

Bargain-bin interior materials, mediocre fit and finish

little road noise

comfy front bucket seats
Detroit News

The 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt has good seating space in front and less comfy chairs in the back. And while assembly quality is good, materials are a little inexpensive-looking.

ConsumerGuide describes the 2008 Chevrolet's accommodations as "typical compact-car space and comfort," adding that the "seat cushions are a bit short for best thigh support, but generous rearward travel gives good legroom for tall occupants." writes that "with front bucket seats and a 60/40-split folding rear seat, all Cobalts seat five occupants," noting that "higher-than-usual seating positions are intended to give sedan occupants a more commanding view of the road." Of the coupe model, says, "Backseat space is awful, with marginal headroom and virtually no legroom unless the front seat is well forward. Getting in and out is a battle." Edmunds agrees, commenting "seat comfort is another area where the Cobalt generally falls short, although the SS model's sport seats are first-rate." However, ConsumerGuide doesn't think much even of the SS model's seats: "Seat room and comfort in all models trail class rivals, even in sedans."

Trunk space in this 2008 Chevrolet is more highly regarded; ConsumerGuide states, "Both body styles have usefully shaped trunks with good room that's expandable via folding rear seatbacks," although they warn, "Strut-type lid hinges don't steal space, but the trunk opening is too small for really big cargo." points out, "Occupants can access the trunk area from inside the car," which can be convenient on long road trips, in addition to greatly increasing usable cargo space. Edmunds calls interior storage in this Chevrolet 2008 model "deficient," while Consumer Guide reports, "Interior storage is subpar, with a smallish glove compartment, center console, and door pockets."

The finds that the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt doesn't receive high marks for quality of materials, either. Edmunds cites, "bargain-bin interior materials" and "mediocre fit and finish." Car and Driver agrees, pointing to "shiny, poorly grained plastic." But ConsumerGuide takes a more positive view, reporting that while "Hard plastics dominate the cabin...many surfaces are textured so that they don't look cheap." And in terms of noise in the Chevrolet 2008 Cobalt, ConsumerGuide reports, "Wind rush and most road noise is relatively low for the class," but does adds that the "2.2- and 2.4-liter engines moan unpleasantly when accelerating but cruise calmly enough."


The 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt gets by with good interior space, but trim quality and rear-seat room are not up to par.

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