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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
wind, tire noise well within reason
limited interior stowage
Car and Driver
interior is somewhat reserved
Kelley Blue Book
The 2009 Cadillac XLR is tight on storage space. Fortunately, experts at TheCarConnection.com note that the passenger cabin is as comfortable as one might reasonably (or even unreasonably) expect.
Kelley Blue Book says that in the 2009 Cadillac XLR, "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 2009 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 opinion: "high sills demand some twisting to get inside." This source also notes that "two occupants fit inside the XLR's luxurious interior."
Storage space is sparse in the 2009 Cadillac XLR. 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." MyRide.com, however, blithely asks, "who buys a $100,000 performance convertible for weekly runs to the local megastore in search of provisions for a family of eight?" Still, many drivers will crave a bit more space. There is "limited interior stowage" and "[little] trunk space with top down," according to Car and Driver, due mainly to the retractable hardtop.
The interior of the 2009 Cadillac XLR (slightly refreshed for 2009) looks good, but fails the quality test. 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." 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."
For a convertible, however, the 2009 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."
Seating comfort is OK, but the 2009 Cadillac XLR loses out in terms of cargo space and materials quality.