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Pontiac Grand Prix

(2004 - 2008)  Rating

Pontiac Grand Prix

The Pontiac Grand Prix is hot to drive and cool to live with



Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
3.8 i V6 GT 203 hp 9.9 l/100km Petrol 8.5 s 174 km/h
3.8 i V6 GTP 263 hp 9.9 l/100km Petrol 6.6 s 203 km/h
3.8 i V6 GTP Competition Group 263 hp 10.8 l/100km Petrol 6.5 s 229 km/h
5.3 i V8 GXP 303 hp ? Petrol ? ?

Body type Sedan
Number of doors 4
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Front
Length 5 037 mm
Width 1 819 mm
Height 1 420 mm
Wheelbase 2 807 mm
Ground clearance ?
Weight (normal) 1 610 kg
Weight (max) ?
Boot space (min) 454 l
Boot space (max) 454 l
Fuel capacity 64 l

 

   The ninth-generation Pontiac Grand Prix was produced between 2004 and 2008. It was replaced with the new G8.

      It comes with the 3.8-liter V6 petrol engines, coupled with four-speed automatic transmissions. The base and GT models deliver 203 horsepower. The GTP model comes with a supercharged version of the same V6 engine and delivers 263 hp. The GXP is powered by a 5.3-liter unit, which is built on demand only. Despite classified as a large car the Pontiac Grand Prix can outrun a number of sports cars.

   The Pontiac Grand Prix has always been fun to drive. Engines are willing, brakes responsive and the handling is reasonable. Automatic transmission shifts smoothly. Every model of the Grand Prix drives in it's own way. The GT offers the most traditional ride, however it is harder than other American cars. The GTP has a harder suspension, optimized for cornering. However it is soft enough for driving over the urban potholes. The Competition Group model is tuned for the track.

   There are no noticeable wind and road noises. You can hear only engine rasping. Considering it's dimensions and comfort, the Grand Prix is a good touring car.

   The Pontiac Grand Prix is very reasonably priced. It's servicing costs are average and fuel consumption is very respectable. Surprisingly the supercharged GTP engines uses only slightly more fuel than of the standard GT. However it is not popular outside the US and it's residual values are below average.

   Inside the car there is a stylish interior. It's materials are pleasant to look at and to touch. One of the few disappointments is the glove box lid, which opens with clatter.

   The front seats are supportive and comfortable. Outside mirrors are remarkably large for a sedan, giving an informative view. The instrument panel is simple to read and to use.

   Inside the Pontiac Grand Prix there is more headroom than in other similar size cars. Three persons can make themselves comfortable on the rear sears. Boot is only average, but the split folding rear seats and forward folding front passenger seat increases both versatility and cargo capacity. Thus it can take a roll of carpet or skis. You can close trunk door on anything 1 800 mm long. Furthermore doors swing out 82 degrees, to take large loads.

   Side and curtain airbags are available on all models. Anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and advanced traction control are optional on the base model. Other options include tire inflation monitor, remote starter and engine block heater. Security system is standard across the range. The GT model adds anti-lock brakes with traction control, electronic (rather than hydraulic) power steering. The GTP comes with a full-function traction control.

   The standard Pontiac Grand Prix comes with an air conditioning, cruise control, driver information center. An optional package adds driver's seat power adjustments and alloy wheels. The GT trim adds front seats power adjustments and upgraded interior. There is a Competition Group option package for the GTP, adding sports suspension, tuned gearbox with a semi-manual shifting ability, and a vehicle stability system. Other options for the GT and GTP include dual-zone climate control, satellite navigation, trip computer and leather upholstery.

 

   Advantages: Strong performer with spacious and versatile interior. The Grand Prix is also affordable to buy and to run.

   Disadvantages: Too much optional equipment that could be standard.

   Verdict: Hot to drive and cool to live with.

   Also consider: Dodge Charger, Nissan Altima.

 

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