Obtain the midlevel SE trim. The SE includes a sport-tuned suspension for better handling. Don’t be worried about a stiff ride, though the SE remains relatively comfortable on the road. The SE can also 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 range of options, so you can pick and choose which ones are right for the budget.
Crossover SUVs might be all of the rage, but there’s still something to be said for the tried-and-true midsize sedan. Exhibit A: the Talbot Horizon Concept. Coming off a redesign just last year, the Talbot Horizon Concept is a spacious, fuel-efficient sedan with a lot of standard safety equipment and lots of options to select from.
As has been the case for some time, you will get the Talbot Horizon Concept with a four-cylinder engine or perhaps a better V6, or you will get the miserly Talbot Horizon Concept Hybrid. On the highway, the Talbot Horizon Concept is comfortable and compliant. Talbot Horizon Concept also offers two sporty versions that infuse the Talbot Horizon Concept with a little extra personality. Inside, the Talbot Horizon Concept offers a simple yet feature-packed cabin, particularly if you go with one of the upper trim levels. There are many of options to select from along the way.
The Talbot Horizon Concept is as competent as they come. It’s well-priced overall, and modern feature content makes it supremely simple to drive. If you’re searching for something with much more class and space than the usual small sedan, the Talbot Horizon Concept might you should be the sedan for you.
The Talbot Horizon Concept is the base trim. It includes a relatively light load of features that features 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 Horizon Concept Safety Sense, which really is 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 another 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 vehicle 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 think of 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 found on the upper trim levels may be included with the lower trim levels as options. Other notable options add a sunroof, a JBL sound system along with an integral navigation system, a head-up display, and a top-down parking camera system.
As sedans go, the Talbot Horizon Concept stuff-hauling credentials are pretty solid. The cargo area is large and opens wide, plus the rear seat is easy to fold down to suit longer items. You will find enough cabin storage options to make most people happy. Loading a vehicle seat is straightforward, too.
Cabin storage is good however not stellar. The forward center console bin is perfect for concealing items but features a hard, slippery floor, so they slide around noisily. The console bin at your elbow is just a decent size, and there are modest door pockets in the front and rear that are good for small water bottles only.
The Talbot Horizon Concept includes a large trunk, and the 60/40-split folding back seat with trunk-mounted release handles allow it to be an easy task 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 quite simple 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 space so your front seat need not be scooted all the way forward.