in 2009 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $7,901 - $9,336
Original MSRP: $16,980 - $20,280
MPG: 25 City / 37 Hwy
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2009 Pontiac G5 Interior

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The 2009 Pontiac G5's sporty styling doesn't bode well for the car's cramped, somewhat cheap looking interior. Even the minor plusses in the design (such as the seat fabric or the metal accents) don't do much to make the cabin appeal.

  • "The interior of the Pontiac G5 is simple and understated, with tasteful metal accents, but remains unimpressive -- due in no small part to its flimsy plastic surfaces." -- Edmunds
  • "Tasteful cloth fabric and textured plastics make the interior more inviting than the class norm. Faux carbon-fiber trim adds a dash of sportiness. Still, basic hard plastics made up most of the G5's cabin." -- Consumer Guide


Reviewers are especially down on the G5's seating -- both the space and bolstering for front and rear rows is considered inadequate.

  • "In theory, at least, five occupants can squeeze into the G5's cozy cockpit on cloth-upholstered front buckets and a split-folding rear seat. Backseat riders had better be young and/or small, though, as heads can easily hit the roof and elbow and leg space isn't much better." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The backseat is barely suitable for a six-foot adult for a short trip across town." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The front seats of the G5 are supportive but a bit hard; perhaps their padding will soften with age. The back seat is not much fun for adults, but I was glad that Pontiac fitted LATCH child-seat anchors at all three seating positions." -- About.com

Interior Features

More often than not, reviewers found that the 2009 Pontiac G5's interior was short on both features and quality. But there are generally positive reports of the coupe's white-tinged gauges. The G5's standard audio system is a four-speaker AM/FM Stereo with CD player and MP3 playback, seek-and-scan controls. The GT has a seven-speaker system with a possible XM Satellite Radio hook-up. 

  • "Unlike the class leaders, this cheap car has an interior that looks and feels the part of an inexpensive sport coupe. White-faced gauges are both easy to read and attractive, while the information gleaned from the trip computer ... proves useful." -- Edmunds
  • "Audio and climate controls are simple to use, but the latter might be mounted too low on the center dashboard stack for some tastes. The gauges are large, but their markings are a bit indistinct for optimum readability." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Inside, we discovered that the loose trunk lining was free of any separation anxiety issues, the center console cover was popping off, the carbon fiberesque trim panel behind the steering wheel was losing its grip, the headliner resembled a loose toupee in spots, the loose and irregular rear pillar covers needed to start fresh at square one, and the rear seat area played a tune akin to the rattle enjoyed by Papa's Little Puker." -- Autobytel


The G5's 13.9 cubic-feet of available cargo space is good for a coupe, but the trunk opening is not convenient for loading items. Reviewers also find problems with the G5's interior storage options. According to some, the center console slots and cupholders are too small to fully accommodate cabin stowage.

  • "The G5, which features a high liftover, lacks a bumper pad to prevent the scratching and gouging of the body-colored rear fascia, and a small opening ... due to the trunk lid and resulting limited access, carrying large or bulky items is pretty much out of the question." -- Autobytel
  • "Good overall trunk room is helped by strut-type lid hinges and split folding rear seatbacks. A small opening hampers loading. Interior storage is subpar, with a small glovebox, center console, and door pockets." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The trunk is decently sized but the small opening makes it hard to load bulky items. And while I'm picking nits, what's with the cupholders? They're too small to hold big bottles and they block the A/C controls. I expected more from a car designed in the country that gave the world the Big Gulp." -- About.com

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