Shopping for a new Chevrolet Cobalt?
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QUALITY | 6 out of 10
Front passengers enjoy good head, leg and elbow space
Kelley Blue Book
“cramped rear seats”
Textured surfaces and tasteful cloth fabric look good for the class
Especially when compared to the alternatives, the interior of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt looks and feels rather dated. You'll assume a strangely reclined driving position due to the oddly proportioned seats. The backseat also bears unusual dimensions, but space for backseat passengers is good and the seatbacks can be folded down, increasing trunk space significantly.
Cars.com notes that "with front bucket seats and a 60/40-split folding rear seat, all Cobalts seat five occupants," and other reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that occupants should have ample room. Kelley Blue Book reviewers claim that "front passengers enjoy good head, leg and elbow room." ConsumerGuide agrees, but notes that not everyone will be comfortable, as "the seat cushions are a bit short for best thigh support," and the "generous rearward travel gives good legroom for tall occupants." MyRide.com also points out that the Chevrolet Cobalt SS features "deeply bolstered sport seats," though some reviewers find them a bit confining.
Edmunds considers the interior to be the worst aspect of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt, explaining that “from the cramped rear seats to the liberal use of cheap and ill-fitting plastics, the look and feel of the Cobalt's cabin pales in comparison to the many choices in this segment. In general, you'll never escape the feeling that you're driving a cheap car.”
At least there’s plenty of space in the trunk, as most reviews read by TheCarConnection.com point out. ConsumerGuide states that "the trunk has good room that's expandable via folding rear seatbacks." Cars.com adds that "the trunk can be accessed from inside the car." Interior storage is nothing to sneeze at either, according to Kelley Blue Book, which finds that "in many recent vehicles, a large glovebox door opens onto a constricted storage space, but the Cobalt's glovebox is ample in size."
In terms of ride quality, the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt, especially in its base trims, does well. Cars.com says that "the ride is surprisingly good, with only larger bumps and holes causing trouble," and Kelley Blue Book declares it "a surprisingly good ride." ConsumerGuide agrees, reporting that the "Cobalt's stout body structure allows even base models to have a comfortably controlled ride, even on patchy pavement," and they claim that "the SS is fairly stiff, yet it's not bone-jarring as might be expected from a factory-tuned performance car."
Ambient noise isn't a major problem in most driving situations for the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. ConsumerGuide reports that "wind rush and most road noise is relatively low for the class," but many reviewers point out that under hard acceleration, the harsh engine noise intrudes into the cabin, especially with the 2.2-liter powerplants.
The 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt has a comfortable ride, but most other aspects about the interior will leave you uninspired.