Today we took the 9-3 Convertible out shopping, 3 big bags of food fit into the bagage-compartment with room to spare with the roof down. The space below the roof-compartment is actually more spacious than I first thought. We could easily fit a shoe-box in there as well. One feature of the bagage-compartment surprised me a bit for a convertible and it was the fasteners for a floor-net and Saabs bumper protector for loading stuff into the compartment. It was a very welcome surprise since I use both of them heavily on my 9-5.
The bagage-compartment can opened in two ways, either via the key or by the handle located below the decor list. There is one thing I would like to have and it’s an automatic closing function, with the wing fitted to the top of the hatch there is no easy way to close the hatch on the outside without having to look for a place every time. I don’t want to push on the wing it self since I know that the fitting is not that strong so I find myself pushing down on the hatch just above the decor list which is quite an “un-natural” place to push… It’s really no big deal, but just one of those things that the guys at Saab maybe could have thought about, or think about when they are designing the next car.
I also tried to put some stuff in the backseat and the forward seats move away very easily giving great access to the backseat. Even in tight places on the parking-lot it’s no problem at all to get in there. The doors are very big but I still find that they don’t move out as far as on my 3-Door 9-3 Viggen. Sitting in the back is no problem at all, there is plenty of room and I’m 180 cm long, weighing 85 kg so anyone claiming it to be too tight should go and buy himself a 9-5 instead! =) By lifting the silver colored handle halfway up the seat starts moving forward with the aid of the electric motors, when its stopped lift the handle the whole way up and the seat folds forward. Same thing applies when moving it backwards, just lift the handle a bit and the seat moves backwards to its last known position. Read the rest of this entry →
As I already wrote in a post earlier this week I had the opportunity to take a closer look at the 9-5 Hirsch Performance. The base for the car is the 2,8T V6 Aero. Hirsch added the 330 hp engine upgrade, lowering kit, aerodynamics package, 20″ forged wheels, quad exhaust and leather interior…
The 2nd drive of the day takes place mainly on the highway when driving to our home which is located about 25 km west of Växjö. Its a 2,5 hour drive from Gothenburg and on this leg I get to try the engine a lot more. Compared to the 9-5 the engine is a lot more responsive in the 9-3 and the acceleration is really fast. Driving on the highway at 120 km/h the fuel consumption is steady at 10.7 liters / 100 km.
One thing that is a bit negative on the highway is the noise from the tyres. If I were to buy a car like this I would choose something softer for more comfort. But we solved the road noise problem by turning up the volume and soundsystem played metal by the group Amaranthe as well as it can be played
Photo taken by my girlfriend Johanna on the E6 highway due north of Halmstad.
Having driven the distance between Trollhättan and Särö. The car performs perfectly, on both highway and narrow roads. It is very easy to drive and visibility through all windows are close to perfect, even the smaller rear-window. The fuel we are driving on is E85 and the fuel comsuption was 10.1 litres/100 km and the total distance was 108 km at an average speed of 58 km/h.
Later in the evening the weather turned better and we were able to drive with the top down.
This morning I hopped on a train to pick up the 9-5 Hirsch Performance for a two day SaabsUnited test drive. Later this week I’ll come up with a complete report but what I can already say is that today it was all about endorphine…
Friend and fellow Saab enthusiast, Graeme Lambert, has recently taken delivery of of his latest long term test car and it just happens to be a Saab 9-5 TTiD Aero. As you may know Graeme is a journalist for the British Car Weekly Auto Express. He will be writing about his new Saab on a regular basis and will let us have the links to his latest entries online.
Having recently sold his old 900, the 9-5 fills a huge void in his life. If you couldn’t tell already, Graeme is very excited about the 9-5 as you will see if you pop over to his page at Auto Express.
Robin asked what we did over the weekend. Well, I was invited by Hirsch to attend the “Continental Tuning Day.” Continental is one of the biggest tyre manufacturers, and we certainly went through a couple of tyres this weekend.
On Saturday evening there was a nice dinner with some known German tuners like AC Schnitzer, Brabus, TechArt, and others, among those there was Hirsch. Each of the tuning companies came with one of their creations, and Hirsch was there with a Saab 9-5 Turbo6 with engine upgrade and the first prototype of the body Kit.