2005 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2005 Chevrolet Cobalt - Road Test Specs

2005 Chevrolet Cobalt Coupe

(2.0L 4-cyl. Supercharger 5-speed Manual)


Model year2005
StyleSS Supercharged
Base MSRP$21,430
As-tested MSRP$23,060


Drive typeFWD
Engine typeI-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2.0
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)205 @ 5,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)200 @ 4,400
Transmission type5-speed manual


Suspension, frontIndependent w/ stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent w/ stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric power-assist rack and pinion
Tire brandPirelli
Tire modelPzero Rosso
Tire size, front215/45R18
Tire size, rear215/45R18
Brakes, front4-wheel disc w/ ABS

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.90
0-60 mph (sec.)6.96
0-75 mph (sec.)10.08
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.42 @ 96.98
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31.88
60-0 mph (ft.)120.15
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.9
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)33.5
Sound level @ idle (dB)Low
@ Full throttle (dB)77
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)74

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThe Cobalt SS is severely traction-challenged thanks to front-wheel drive and a supercharged engine. The rev limiter hits hard right at redline (6,500 rpm). Launching at a lower rpm helps keep traction under control, but even then torque steer is a problem. The shifter works OK but isn't particularly inspiring, as the stalk is too long and the shifts themselves are fairly numb. The little supercharged motor makes plenty of power, but traction was such a problem we had a hard time getting that power to the pavement.
Braking ratingVery Good
Braking commentsUnder hard braking we noticed considerable ABS vibration, but overall the car feels good. The pedal is firm and with just the right amount of travel before the pressure comes in. Our only complaint is that we could actually feel the ABS cycling, which suggests the system could cycle faster for improved performance. Consistent numbers in the 120s are quite impressive for an inexpensive car.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsRecaro bucket seats do an excellent job of holding the driver in place. The electric power steering feels too slow and heavy for a car in this segment. There's not as much feedback as the heavy steering would suggest, it's just heavy¿not precise. Body roll is minimal and the car has plenty of power in third gear for acclerating out of the final cones.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)Not tested
Temperature (°F)Not tested
Wind (mph, direction)Not tested

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)23 City 29Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)18.7
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)13.2

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2806
Length (in.)180.5
Width (in.)67.9
Height (in.)55.1
Wheelbase (in.)103.3
Legroom, front (in.)42
Legroom, rear (in.)32.2
Headroom, front (in.)38.7
Headroom, rear (in.)35.7
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)13.9 cu. ft.
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)13.9 cu. ft.


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years / 60,000 miles
Corrosion6 years / 100,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years / 36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceN/A


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsN/A
Head airbagsOptional
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsN/A
Traction controlN/A
Stability controlN/A
Rollover protectionN/A
Emergency assistance systemOptional
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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