The 2023 Pontiac G5 is a rebadged Chevrolet Cobalt compact car marketed by the Pontiac division of General Motors. The 2009 Pontiac G5 offers good fuel economy and a comfortable ride but outshines its class rivals with more interior refinements or better performance. Some people say G5 has too many faults, such as its lackluster handling, depressing interior, and overall lack of sophistication. If you’re looking for a cheap and sporty coupe, models like the Honda Civic, Saturn Astra, Scion tC, VW Rabbit, and even the turbocharged Chevrolet Cobalt SS would be better options.
The Pontiac G5 compact sports coupe is offered in a base model and a slightly upgraded GT version. The Pontiac G5 base model comes standard with plastic cap 15-inch wheels, air conditioning, full power accessories, keyless entry, bi-folding rear seats, OnStar, and a CD/MP3 player with an auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio. The Pontiac G5 GT goes a step further with standard 17-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, sport rocker bars, revised front air dam with fog lamps, cruise control, Bluetooth, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and more power. Pioneer speaker system. When equipped with a standard five-speed manual, the G5 base is known as an XFE.
Pontiac G5 Interior
The interior of the Pontiac G5 is simple and unpretentious with tasteful metal accents, but it’s by no means impressive thanks to its flimsy plastic surfaces. Unlike its class leaders, this inexpensive car has an interior that looks and feels like part of a cheap sports coupe. While the white-faced instruments are both easy to read and attractive, the information gathered from the trip computer is useful. As reported by our editors, seat comfort is lacking – even on leather seats and especially in the cramped rear quarters.
The base model is optionally available with the new My Link Package, which includes 16-inch alloy wheels, an upgraded stereo with an iPod-friendly USB port, Bluetooth, advanced OnStar features, cruise control, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Base models can also be equipped with a Pioneer speaker system. Both trims include an optional remote vehicle start and a sunroof. Pontiac also offers a USB port stereo and leather-upholstered heated front seats for the Pontiac G5 GT.
Pontiac G5 Engine
All Pontiac G5 models are powered by a 2.2-liter inline-4 that produces a respectable 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. The front wheels for both models are driven by a standard five-speed manual transmission, with the option of a four-speed automatic. As expected of any entry-level compact sports coupe, the performance is far from inspiring, but the buyer gets very good fuel economy for that sacrifice.
With a five-speed manual and 15-inch wheels, the G5 XFE base achieves a best-in-class 25 mpg city/37 mpg highway, and 30 mpg combined. Choosing the larger wheels or the four-speed automatic gets those numbers, especially the highway figure, 23 City/32 Highway and 26 combined with an auto-equipped G5 GT on 17-inch wheels.
Pontiac G5 Safety
Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes are available as an option for the Pontiac G5 base and come standard with the GT. Full-length side curtain airbags are standard on both models, and the addition of the occupant detection system for 2009 improves front airbag deployment. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2009 Pontiac G5 a crash rating of four stars (out of 5) for driver protection in head-on collisions. Pontiac G5 earned five stars for front occupant protection. Both front and rear occupant protection earned four stars in the side impact test.