Because of the G8’s Australian heritage, certain technological options expected in the U.S. market aren’t available. Otherwise, the G8 is a formidably equipped sedan.
Features on every G8 are substantial. Even standard models arrive from the factory with power front seats; a rear spoiler; 18-inch wheels; an AM/FM/CD audio system with an auxiliary jack for iPods and other MP3 players; and air conditioning. Performance tires come standard on V-8 versions, and Edmunds.com notes the use of a dual-zone climate control and a premium Blaupunkt audio system. Kelley Blue Book highlights the G8’s steering-wheel audio controls and trip computer, while Cars.com adds that options include a sunroof, leather seats, and other features in reasonably priced packages.
A navigation system is the most glaring omission from the options list, even though the center stack seems designed for it and the premium sound system comes with a 6.5-inch display. Instead, GM sells its “turn-by-turn” navigation service as a part of its OnStar system. With this system, you press a button to talk with an operator who sends recorded directions directly to your car. Jalopnik says this “more than makes up” for the lack of a built-in nav, but Car and Driver contends that the setup is “not for folks with privacy paranoia,” and recommends a trip to an aftermarket electronics shop. As users of a portable navigation system (a $300 bargain compared to the usual $2,000 navigation system prices charged by car companies), TheCarConnection.com’s editors agree wholeheartedly.