Paul Eisenstein Reviews the 9-4X (Updated with Pricing Info)
May 13, 2011 in News
Another day, another review of the new 9-4X. This is a realistic, solid review from highly respected auto journalist Paul Eisenstein of the Detroit Bureau. It’s worth a read.
He’s of course a realist, and right off the bat explains what will inevitably be Tim Colbeck’s highest priority as COO of SCNA.
Even if Saab can put Humpty Dumpty back together – and there’s no question the maker’s Chairman Victor Muller is a remarkably resourceful entrepreneur – it’s possible the recent uncertainty will convince at least some potential buyers to steer clear of Saab showrooms. It’s hard to argue against such concerns. Even the most inexpensive automobile is a major purchase, and at $50,000 or so, once you pay for freight, taxes and the typical adds-ons, the 2012 Saab 9-4X isn’t cheap.
That said, I’d love to hear these reviews include information about base model pricing, which is more high $30s than $50K for the Aero. Uninformed buyers who stumble onto these articles need to have a complete picture. Having watched the presentation given to the journalists in D.C., I don’t think they were ever really presented a complete and clear pricing presentation that focused on the value of this car which is in my opinion a missed opportunity. Lord knows we explained it well enough in this post.
I think his concluding paragraph sums it up best.
Based on the merits, the 2012 Saab 9-4X should be drawing (customers) into the showroom as it begins rolling out of the plant (a GM factory in Mexico that has not been impacted by Saab’s financial problems). It’d be too bad if the headlines scare potential buyers off. If it makes it through the current crisis – and we’re cautiously betting on Chairman Muller to pull this one off – Saab should be in a solid position to move forward. The new 9-4X gives us reason to believe there’s life left in the old brand.
I’m including a link to the PDF of specifications page for the 9-4X for anyone who needs a reminder what options are standard and what are part of packages.
If you want to option out and see the features of each package and how they impact the purchase price, go to truecar.com and find out yourself. When I originally wrote about it, there was no local pricing information reflecting accurate dealer discounts. As of this writing, there now are.
The base model goes for in while the Aero sells for $33,245 ($965 or 3% off) or $47,088 ($1,747 or 4% off). That doesn’t include the extra $1,000 your Saab loyalty bonus. These prices are for New York City.
A reminder: The Base model starts at $34,205. For an extra $1,385 you get LED lipped Xenon headlamps, auto dimming/folding mirrors, power lift gate and pedals, and rear view camera and heated seats. That brings the sticker to $35,590.
The Panoramic roof is a $1,400 option and with that it adds up to at a total price of $37,040, it makes the 9-4x a bargain (and in the configuration that nearly all customers will end up in).
XWD is basically a $2,500 option on the 3.0L models, if you add it the total is now $39,535. I expect dealers to sell quite a few of these.