Saturn always gave off the impression of being a car company that was famous for building their signature plastic-bodied vehicles that only a particular group of people were fond of, but also one that never wanted to compromise on the price of their products. When it needed a replacement for its L-series, Saturn found the inspiration across the Atlantic in German-produced Opel sedans. The result was a marvellous Aura sedan that brought a European touch to the drivers all across the North American continent.
A Green Option Among The Choices
With the Aura, GM did not hesitate to make the car extremely diverse and give the customers various trim levels to choose from. This sedan comes with different engine capacities and different transmission options based on the power. For people who opt for a decent performing car without the need for additional power, the base 3.5-litre 224-horsepower V6 should do the job. The stronger 3.6-litre 252-horsepower V6 version is, on the other hand, better for people who are looking for a bit sportier option. Last but not least, for the people who are mindful of their environment, the Aura comes with a 2.4-litre 164-horsepower hybrid gas engine combined with an electric motor. Transmission-wise, all gas models come with a six-speed automatic transmission, while the hybrid model comes with a four-speed automatic.
A Sharp Looking Sedan with a Classy Upgraded Interior
The Aura really refreshed the way Saturn’s vehicles look on the road. It came with a slick, sporty looking design that genuinely makes heads turn. It is distinguished by a big chrome grill at the front that is slowly but surely becoming a Saturn trademark. The headlights are big and noticeable and the profile is smooth and outlined by the fender flares just above the wheel arches. Gaps in the body are nearly non-existent, making the car look solid. To finish off the look, Saturn equipped the car with 18-inch alloy wheels that really make the car look flashy on the road.
Upon climbing into the Aura, you are greeted by a spacious interior that immediately strikes you with its flashy, yet classy atmosphere. The interior comes in two types, clothed and leather-covered, and when it comes to the latter, customers have the option to choose between two tones. A leather-covered steering wheel is also an option for maximum comfort. Behind the steering wheel, you’ll find LED lit gauges that are both clear and easy to read. The centre stack features a console holding controls; an audio player is one of them and comes with Satellite radio and an mp3 player that can be connected to two different headsets via the AUX cord. The windows and the rear-view mirrors are all powered enabling the driver to adjust them all on the go with minimum effort. The cargo is spacious and the rear seats can be split folded for easy access from inside the vehicle. The panoramic roof will ensure that you get beautiful views while you are enjoying the drive from the heated seats.
Right from the start, the Aura gives off a very good impression. The sound of the engine is nicely muffled by the cabin, contributing to the smooth feeling of the drive. The car is easy to start and accelerates nicely. The automatic transmission works like clockwork. The handling is the same, as the car behaves perfectly on the road and even around corners. Driving the Aura feels like driving a classy European car as it shares many similarities with Opel. Overall, this is an incredibly enjoyable vehicle to drive, and when you add that it was rated with high marks by both the IIHS and NHTSA, it becomes clear that the Saturn Aura is an impressive vehicle any way you look at it.