Saab 9-5 road tests online

Slack posting today. Occasionally real-life work takes over…..

There are a number of road tests of the new Saab 9-5 appearing online at the moment. Here’s a selection.

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Leftlane News has a pretty comprehensive review of the car and it makes for some very positive reading:

We slung the 9-5 through twisty byways along the New York-Pennsylvania border and found it to be a genuine blast to drive…..

…..Look beyond a few pieces of switchgear and the 9-5′s uniquely Nordic nature shines through. It’s not a Saab of yore, but it shouldn’t be. It’s a Saab of the future, a car that almost didn’t exist. Absolutely the best Saab ever, it’s the kind of car that could easily save an automaker.

Thanks to Josef and others for the link.

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Kilometer Magazine, one I hadn’t heard of before, has a similarly comprehensive writeup and they don’t skimp on either the praise or in covering any concerns. The photography is excellent, too.

In all honesty, we’re actually just as excited about the upcoming 2.0T model as we are the possibility of an even faster 9-5. The four-cylinder, 220-hp will be offered with front- or all-wheel drive and with a manual or automatic transmission. That should be perfectly adequate power for this car, and we think combining the rest of the 9-5’s assets with a turbo motor that returns fuel economy in the mid 30s fits Saab’s ethos pretty well.

Thanks Zach for the link!

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I don’t have a link for this one, but Dutch magazine Autovisie has apparently done a comparison test between the Saab 9-5 2.0T and the Audi A6 2.6.

“With the Saab 9-5 Sweden has a limo that distinguishes itself , perhaps the build quality is not yet that of BMW, Mercedes or Audi, but it is VERY close. Against the A6 the 9-5 shows its better design, legroom and as a travel limousine leaves a better balanced impression. The 9-5 wins on marks and we would not be surprised if many old Saab drivers vacate Audi and return with Saab. There life’s good with the 9-5!

The A6 is noisier and its suspension is way too harsh compared to the 90-5”

Thanks to Nic S for the link. Mad Dutchy.

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