A few things generally prevent us from recommending a car of American origin, and chief among them is usually the interior plastics. So it’s a relief that Chevrolet has taken a leaf out of the latest Mustang’s book and given the Camaro an interior that’s capable of holding the exterior’s promise.
It has a perceived quality of which to be if not proud then at least not ashamed. You can still find nasty plastics if you look hard, and some mediocre ones even if you don’t, but the design and layout are interesting enough to hold your attention. Attempts to meld some classic Camaro cues with a modern theme are moderately successful, and we’ll happily take the odd ergonomic idiosyncrasy, such as the confusing heater controls, if it means a cabin that’s as appealingly designed as this.
Aside from the steering wheel being on the inconvenient side for overtaking and ride quality, the driving environment is fine. The steering wheel and seat adjust for all but the most unusually sized drivers.
There’s sufficient rear cabin space for kids or even small adults, provided those in the front aren’t particularly tall. The boot, meanwhile, is capacious for the class and its 1200mm minimum width is the equal of the maximum for most cars of this type.
In the cabriolet, the canvas roof does a great job of insulating passengers from road and wind noise. When the sun is out, the roof can be lowered in 20 seconds, but does require a lock handle to be adjusted manually in both directions.