2008 Pontiac G5

2008 Pontiac G5 Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Pontiac G5 was new.

The G5 falls short of competitors in comfort, safety features and overall value.

6.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.1
Performance: 6.6
Interior: 6.3
Safety: 8.8
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Sporty appearance
  • Both the base model and GT engines provide "frisky" acceleration
  • Short seat bottoms, hard cushions create uncomfortable seating
  • Interior materials seem cheap
  • Rear visibility problems thanks to spoiler and parcel shelf
  • Safety concern for driver in a side-impact crash

2008 Pontiac G5 Overview

In a competitive class, the 2008 Pontiac G5 lacks enough stand-out virtues to be a winner. While experts find the G5's sports-car like appearance and peppy engine appealing, choppy handling and a lack of interior comfort leaves them generally unimpressed. In addition, reviewers express concerns about the car's overall value -- especially important in this troubling economy.

The G5's physical appeal is considered on of its positive attributes. Although the G5 and its platform-mate the Chevy Cobalt, are basically the same shape, Car and Driver calls the two fraternal twins, with "the Pontiac having inherited a ballerina's body and the Chevy having inherited, well, an accountant's." Changes are minimal for both the Cobalt and the similar G5. The G5 is still available in two trims, with new standard features offered for the top-of-the-line GT. If you're interested in an affordable small car, consider the Honda Civic.

  • "Do coupes really have more fun? Whether that's true or not, the near-twin, front-drive Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 are welcome in the compact-coupe market, where choices are scarce." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Pontiac G5 GT is okay, but unremarkable. The G5 GT competes with some wonderful and really sporty cars such as the Honda Civic, Mazda 3, Volkswagen Rabbit, and Ford Focus ZX3 that offer better handling." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The G5 isn't bad, as small cars go. It has an appealing shape, a comfortable ride and a peppy 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood." -- Detroit News
  • "The Pontiac G5 Coupe reminds me of John Steinbeck's classic novel 'Of Mice and Men.' Best-laid schemes aside, no car deserves more to be taken out to a field and shot in the back of the head." -- The Truth About Cars
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