2008 Pontiac G5 Review - a Review of the 2008 Pontiac G5 Coupe

By: John Bourne

The 2008 Pontiac G5 is a reasonable choice for a sporty small coupe. It comes with impressive new features specifically with regards to acceleration, ride performance, and fuel economy. Although it lacks exterior and interior refinements, this new model boasts of powerful engines.

The '08 Pontiac G5 model is actually patterned after the Chevrolet Cobalt coupe. Except for very minor differences in exterior and interior designs, the two are almost the same. The G5 takes pride in its sporty profile and respectably powerful engines all at a very affordable price. In addition, it is also a product of General Motors' "Designed for Action" brand.

The 2008 G5 is a compact sport coupe available in two trims, namely the base and the GT. The base G5 includes 15-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, full power accessories, and remote keyless entry. In addition, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, satellite radio an a CD/MP3 player with an auxiliary audio jack. To these, the GT trim adds 17-inch aluminum wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, foglamps, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. Meanwhile, superb entertainment is provided by a Pioneer seven-speaker audio system. Furthermore, a six-CD changer, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a sunroof and remote vehicle starting are also available in both models. You may also personalize the Pontiac G5 by installing other accessories like 18-inch wheels, cat-back exhaust system, custom-colored interior lighting, high-mount spoiler and a body ground-effects package.

The base G5 is powered by a 2.2-liter inline four-cylinder with 148 horsepower and 152 pound-feet of torque. On the other hand, a 2.4-liter engine generating 141 horsepower and 167 lb-ft of torque powers the GT. Both trims are connected to a standard five-speed manual transmission with an option of a four-speed automatic transmission.

When it comes to safety, the GT has four-wheel antilock disc brakes while the base G5 comes with rear drums. Full-length side curtain airbags are standard too.

The 2008 Pontiac G5 gives adequate power and renders a smooth ride. However, this may not be a very good choice for those who look for an exciting behind-the-wheel experience because it lacks handling response and overall refinement.

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