2008 Pontiac G8 Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

A minor quibble or two didn’t keep reviewers from recommending the G8’s room, utility, and quality--and TheCarConnection.com’s editors agree.

Interior room is a strong point of the Pontiac G8--and so are most of the fits and finishes. Car and Driver noted the roomy front seats and the quality of the materials inside. “Obvious cheap-outs are absent,” they wrote. Edmunds.com agreed, noting “the G8's overall refinement puts past Pontiacs to shame.”

As USAToday says, “Buy it as a family car, enjoy it as a hot rod.”

Jalopnik thinks “the back seat has ample room for any number of Kama Sutra positions”; being a family-friendly site, we can’t confirm that. Cars.com adds that the G8 “holds its own” on rear-seat comfort and roominess compared to the Charger and Ford Taurus. The lack of a pass-through to the trunk is an issue many publications including Car and Driver brought up.

In terms of cargo room, the G8’s 17.5-cubic-foot trunk sits midway between the 16.2-cubic-foot trunk in the Charger and the 21.2-cubic-foot trunk in the Taurus.

The few objections--other than some plastics on the inside--were in the placement of some controls. Because the 2008 Pontiac G8 is also sold as a Holden in Australia, some controls are located to make manufacturing the different versions easier. (Australian models are right-hand drive.) Cars.com glared at the placement of the window controls “dead center below the shifter on the center console.” They also griped that the knobs that adjust the front seats were “quite hard to rotate.” KBB also noted the controls issue, while Edmunds.com just didn’t like the “'80s-style digital readouts for battery life and oil pressure, the cryptic control icons, and the lack of a redline indicator for the tachometer.”


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