Have the midlevel SE trim. The SE includes a sport-tuned suspension for better handling. Don’t bother about a stiff ride, although the SE is still relatively comfortable on the road. The SE can also be a great bargain considering most of the safety and tech equipment you get for the money. Finally, the SE can be acquired with a wide variety of options, in order to pick and choose those that are right for the budget.
Crossover SUVs could be all of the rage, but there is still something to be said for the tried-and-true midsize sedan. Exhibit A: the Talbot Samba New Review. Coming off a redesign just a year ago, the Talbot Samba New Review is a spacious, fuel-efficient sedan with plenty of standard safety equipment and a lot of options to decide on from.
As has been the case for some time, you may get the Talbot Samba New Review with a four-cylinder engine or perhaps a more powerful V6, or you may get the miserly Talbot Samba New Review Hybrid. On the highway, the Talbot Samba New Review is comfortable and compliant. Talbot Samba New Review also offers two sporty versions that infuse the Talbot Samba New Review with a bit of extra personality. Inside, the Talbot Samba New Review offers a simple yet feature-packed cabin, especially if you choose among the upper trim levels. There are many of options to select from over the way.
The Talbot Samba New Review can be as competent because they come. It’s well-priced generally, and modern feature content makes it supremely an easy task to drive. If you’re looking for something with much more class and space when compared to a small sedan, the Talbot Samba New Review might you need to be the sedan for you.
The Talbot Samba New Review is the base trim. It includes a relatively light load of features that 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 New Review 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 next 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 many different 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 larger 8-inch touchscreen, and wireless smartphone charging.
Many of the features found on the upper trim levels can be put into the lower trim levels as options. Other notable options add a sunroof, a JBL audio system combined with an integral navigation system, a head-up display, and a top-down parking camera system.
As sedans go, the Talbot Samba New Review stuff-hauling credentials are pretty solid. The cargo area is large and opens wide, plus the trunk seat is simple to fold down to fit longer items. There are enough cabin storage options to create most people happy. Loading a vehicle seat is straightforward, too.
Cabin storage is good but not stellar. The forward center console bin is ideal for concealing items but has a hard, slippery floor, so they slide around noisily. The console bin at your elbow is a decent size, and you will find modest door pockets in the leading and rear that are great for small water bottles only.
The Talbot Samba New Review has a large trunk, and the 60/40-split folding back seat with trunk-mounted release handles ensure it is easy 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 a car seat, with obvious and easily accessible lower anchors and package tray-mounted tether point, both under plastic covers. There’s room enough so the front seat need not be scooted completely forward.