The 9-4X Review I Would Have Written

UPDATE: I’m issuing a challenge to all SU readers., inspired by Saab Dealer Chairman Kurt Schirm in comments. Go over to autoblog and counter any negative impressions you might see on the 9-4X article– false info, idiot commentary, you name it– by writing your own comment there. I’d almost rather see you comment there than here this time around. You first need to sign in with either an aol, facebook, google, or twitter ID. Vote up or down depending on whether or not you agree with the comment. Then my biggest request, make a comment in support of Saab, not just a “I LIKE SAAB! GO SAAB!” comment, but something more than one sentence, why you agree with the author and think that Saabs deserve a shot on CUV consumers shopping lists. Do you like the interior? The price? The blue tinted LED headlamps? Let’s make this the most commented article ever on Autoblog. I’m serious.

As you know, I wasn’t able to make it to the 9-4X review in D.C. last week due to work conflicts. That doesn’t mean I won’t have the chance to review it very soon, and do an even more in depth piece on it. However, I really think Chris Paukert at Autoblog has written the fairest article about the 9-4X that I’ve yet seen. He balances the precarious situation Saab is in while being optimistic about the company’s chances. He nails the description of the driving dynamics and even rightly criticizes where the interior falls flat in its black on black styling (while hoping that the lighter interiors with wood grain come across better, they do Chris). All in all, it’s about as close to the review I would have written (though much shorter 😉 ) had I been given the chance to make it to D.C.

Check it out. Be sure to take a look at the gallery, it has some of the clearest and best images of how the 9-4X looks in real life. Notice that while the interior is quite dark, when it’s outside in the daylight the reflective bits do a fair bit to compensate. While you’re at, police the comments thread and make sure this car gets a fair shot. Of all the reviews online, this will probably be the one most read by prospective Saab customers as Autoblog is far and away the biggest car news site on earth.

 

Since there was a request for it in comments, I posted the comparison table RedJ made in December, and added the Cadillac to the list so there’s an even comparison. Also, I’ve updated pricing information to accurately reflect just what a bargain the 9-4X is, even relative to the Cadillac.

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saab93f
Member
5 years 4 months ago

I love that car!!

The pics are just great and if the car continues Saab´s tradition of looking better yet in rel-life then I might be speechless when I see it 🙂

Apparently the 9-4X is a genuinely outstanding car – thanks GM for lending a healthy base on which Saab´s engineers could do their magic.

Peter, Sweden
Member
5 years 4 months ago

How come that the 9-4X is getting much better reviews than the 9-5 is/was? Isn’t the Trollhättan-built flagship supposed to be THE Saab right now? I’m totally thrilled about all the positivity surrounding the 9-4X, but I’m also a bit curious what makes this slightly more GM-ish car better than the slightly more Saab-ish 9-5? Or is it just that the competition isn’t as good in this segment? Any ideas?

Khrisdk
Member
5 years 4 months ago

It is a much better car than the Cadillac SRX, which seems to surprise everyone, and the pricing is probably right ?

till72
Member
5 years 4 months ago

Really a fair review from Autoblog. That he mentions that Saab was an engineering center for GM shows he has some background info and that Saab communicated the 9-4x quite well at the press events.

Phoenix
Member
5 years 4 months ago

Background and facts is too often left out. This was a good review from a journalist that has made some effort to give a broader view. And they have at least one fine photographer at Autoblog, really nice pictures! From a car crasch perspective you can appreciate the higher weight compared to other brands but I wonder where the weight come from? Is it heavier than the SRX as well? A comparison table for the SUV’s would be nice, someone? 🙂

JH
Member
5 years 4 months ago

Thank Red J (back then known as “Me”) for being foreseeing! 😉
http://saabsunited.saabklubben.se/2010/12/saab-9-4x-comparison-table.html

Phoenix
Member
5 years 4 months ago

I should have known there were a table already out there at SU 🙂 But when reading that table I don’t see the weight difference that all journalists are talking about. What have we/I missed?

bk-aero
Member
5 years 4 months ago

My congratulations to Top Gear’s Paul Horrell. That’s a very, very good and fair summary of the situation. He doesn’t play down the problems, but he doesn’t join in in the oh-so-popular sport of Saab-bashing either.

Kurt Schirm
Member
5 years 4 months ago
Great write up! Thanks SU for the post. When SU posts a review or article we need to get out in our masses and post positive comments following the piece. I know some of us do, but nearly as many as we see pontificating here on a daily basis. Right or wrong, one’s opinion helps form or validate other people’s impressions. Grass roots and guerilla tactics, just like we did when we collectively did our part to Save Saab. Lets use the same energy to help change the general perception of Saab. We can dominate the blog space of any… Read more »
Elliott
Member
5 years 4 months ago

The exterior is just GORGEOUS! The interior however, needs to color; burled wood trim please!!

Chris Hansel
Member
5 years 4 months ago

Jeff not a bad idea, just out blog them. However, I’m not still convinced blog stuff sells many cars. What sells is product, and what I like and think is important is all the Saab dealers, who are also Caddy dealers, who have to explain the the roughly $ 5000. difference between the two brands on the 4 wheel drive models. I think I would buy the Saab, if I can get a good trade in price on the 9-7X.

Ken H
Member
5 years 4 months ago

Done a couple of comments, and I recommend others to do so. Already one beemer fanboy trying to stir things up there… 🙂

Jake
Member
5 years 4 months ago

I put a sledgehammer to the guy’s head, with some strong language and points he couldn’t argue. I dropped about 8 comments onto him to keep the troll busy.

In other words, who wants to split some barbecued troll? 😀

Steve C.
Member
5 years 4 months ago

I added my comments to the Autoblog review without appearing personally challenging but I covered a gamut of things to provide the perspective I think we want prospective buyers to get.

Ken H
Member
5 years 4 months ago

Well done, but I am afraid the troll is very active so your post might disappear soon….

Steve C.
Member
5 years 4 months ago

I just refreshed the Autoblog page and our “buddy” added two short comments to my post picking up on “if you can find a dealer” and the resale issue if Saab were to fail. I’m guessing he couldn’t argue with everthing else I said or he was worn out from his prior discussion of those issues.

Jake
Member
5 years 4 months ago

He tried to grill me, but I stopped him. He was comparing a turboX wagon to a 335i sedan. Who compares a wagon to a sedan int he first place???

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