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The 2009 Cadillac XLR-V offers good comfort and a heady dose of luxury, but space—especially cargo space—is limited.
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Ergonomics in the cabin feel more cramped than the cockpit of the SL
Detroit News

Middling interior quality unsuited to six-figure price

Comfortable cabin with quality materials

The 2009 Cadillac XLR-V comes up short on storage and cargo space yet provides decent comfort levels for the driver and passenger.

“The vertically gifted will find getting comfortable in the driver seat a challenge," says Edmunds. "Cabin dimensions in this convertible are also tight, resulting in a cramped environment for taller drivers... There's also not a whole lot of room available.” By way of apology, MyRide.com explains that the "narrow foot well [is] necessitated by the wide powertrain tunnel." ConsumerGuide tempers its praise of this 2009 Cadillac somewhat, calling it "not expansive, but as roomy as any rival," and stating that the "comfortable, supportive seats set low, so entry/exit requires minor effort." Cars.com counters this, commenting that “high sills demand some twisting to get inside.” TheCarConnection.com notes that the 2009 Cadillac XLR-V’s interior space is cozy. The Detroit News complains about "ergonomics in the cabin, which feels more cramped than the cockpit of the SL."

Cargo and storage space are more disappointing, though. With the Cadillac 2009 XLR-V’s top up, MyRide.com reports that the "long but shallow trunk provides 11.6 cubic-feet of cargo room," adding that it "fails to impress in terms of cargo capacity." The Detroit News suggests that the Cadillac XLR-V 2009 "isn't the ideal vacation vehicle, unless you pack light—very light ... with the retractable hardtop stowed in the trunk, the XLR-V has a razor-thin 4.4 cubic feet of luggage space, which is about enough room to stash two soft duffle bags—forget the picnic basket and golf clubs. And there's barely enough room in the two-seat cabin to stow an iPod, let alone a laptop computer."

Regarding materials, Edmunds is critical, reporting "middling interior quality unsuited to six-figure price," and that "some materials are appropriately rich, yet others seem quite average." On the other hand, the Detroit News is highly complimentary, calling 2009 Cadillac materials "really top drawer—just about the nicest that GM offers on any of its interiors in North America." To help settle the score, TheCarConnection.com’s editors think that the XLR-V’s interior looks great, but its execution suffers with materials that aren’t quite up to snuff for such an expensive vehicle.

Edmunds also complains about noise levels in the 2009 Cadillac XLR-V: "Wind buffeting can get somewhat intrusive with the top down, but the XLR-V is whisper-quiet with its top up."


The 2009 Cadillac XLR-V offers good comfort and a heady dose of luxury, but space—especially cargo space—is limited.

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