Obtain the midlevel SE trim. The SE has a sport-tuned suspension for better handling. Don’t be worried about a stiff ride, although the SE continues to be relatively comfortable on the road. The SE can be a good bargain considering all of the safety and tech equipment you receive for the money. Finally, the SE is available with a wide variety of options, to help you pick and choose which ones are right for the budget.
Crossover SUVs might be most of the rage, but there’s still something to be said for the tried-and-true midsize sedan. Exhibit A: the Talbot Samba First Drive. Coming off a redesign just last year, the Talbot Samba First Drive is just a spacious, fuel-efficient sedan with lots of standard safety equipment and lots of options to choose from.
As has been the case for some time, you can get the Talbot Samba First Drive with a four-cylinder engine or perhaps a more powerful V6, or you may get the miserly Talbot Samba First Drive Hybrid. On the highway, the Talbot Samba First Drive is comfortable and compliant. Talbot Samba First Drive also offers two sporty versions that infuse the Talbot Samba First Drive with a bit of extra personality. Inside, the Talbot Samba First Drive provides a simple yet feature-packed cabin, especially if you go with among the upper trim levels. There are lots of options to choose from across the way.
The Talbot Samba First Drive is as competent while they come. It’s well-priced overall, and modern feature content makes it supremely simple to drive. If you’re trying to find something with a little more class and space when compared to a small sedan, the Talbot Samba First Drive might just be the sedan for you.
The Talbot Samba First Drive is the base trim. It comes with a relatively light load of features which includes 16-inch steel wheels, automatic LED headlights, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a rearview camera, keyless entry, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, navigation (GPS Scout Link), Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa connectivity, one USB port, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a six-speaker sound system.
Standard on every Talbot Samba First Drive Safety Sense, which is really a suite of driver assistance features including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure alert with steering assistance, and automatic high beams.
On the following rung up the ladder is the LE.It adds a power-adjustable driver’s seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, a 60/40-split folding back seat and a car alarm. For a sporty dynamic, look at the SE.It adds a sport-tuned suspension, revised steering calibration, 18-inch wheels, simulated-leather upholstery (SofTex) seats and paddle shifters.
You can consider the XLE and the XSE trim levels as versions of the LE and the SE, respectively, with a variety of additional comfort and convenience items. Highlights include larger wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a head-up display, blind-spot monitoring, keyless ignition, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, extra USB ports, a more impressive 8-inch touchscreen, and wireless smartphone charging.
Most of the features on the upper trim levels could be put into the reduced trim levels as options. Other notable options add a sunroof, a JBL speakers along with a built-in navigation system, a head-up display, and a top-down parking camera system.
As sedans go, the Talbot Samba First Drive stuff-hauling credentials are pretty solid. The cargo area is large and opens wide, plus the back seat is straightforward to fold down to fit longer items. There are enough cabin storage options to produce many people happy. Loading a car seat is straightforward, too.
Cabin storage is good however, not stellar. The forward center console bin is great for concealing items but has a hard, slippery floor, so that they slide around noisily. The console bin at your elbow is just a decent size, and there are modest door pockets in the leading and rear that are great for small water bottles only.
The Talbot Samba First Drive features a large trunk, and the 60/40-split folding back seat with trunk-mounted release handles make it simple to expand the space. Loading groceries or luggage is helped out by the wide opening and a low liftover height.
Child safety seat accommodation
It’s very easy to mount an automobile seat, with obvious and easily accessible lower anchors and package tray-mounted tether point, both under plastic covers. There’s enough room so the front seat need not be scooted entirely forward.