2008 Saturn Aura Consumer Review: A cheaper Audi?

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A cheaper Audi?
By Patmajia on


2008 Saturn Aura XE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


My family of 5 bought a 2.4 L Aura. With the 0% deal, it should cost less to buy, own, and drive 100k miles (incl. $5 gas) than a Camry hybrid. Outside, it looks a lot like the Audi A4; even the standard alloy wheels seem to copy those once offered on the Audi A4, a good car to copy. The red exterior with tan cloth and faux wood interior is gorgeous, but some plastic bits are low end. Only the Morocco leather (which you cannot get on the 4 cyl) is better. This car rides smoothly, and is quieter on the road at 70 mph than the 2008 Accord and is about even with the 2008 camry I test drove. It's quick enough for us. The 5 year 100k standard drivetrain warranty should make for low hassle ownership.

Best Features

Looks great. Has character; not sterile and common. Quiet. Smooth. Price/financing very good. Warranty very good. Crash test results good.

Worst Features

Six speed auto that's in the XR instead of the four speed auto might add $500 to price, but worth it. Better interior materials and less cheap looking/feeling plastic might add $500. Driver's seat is hard, and even with 8 way adjust is not as comfy as mom's 25 year old Cadillac bench seat.
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