First road test report of the new Saab 9-5

It seems one or two journalists might have snuck into last week’s premiere event that was (reportedly) VIP’s only. Autocar’s Hilton Holloway has published the first review of the new Saab 9-5.

Was it good? Yes, it seems it was very, very good.

Holloway reports only on 2.8T V6 Aero version so it’s unknown if he got to drive the others, but his thoughts on the V6 Aero are very encouraging.

It’s not a long piece – more of a first look than a full blown review – so here are a few short snippets only:

….in this range-topping form, the 9-5 is arguably the most purely-conceived Saab since the 9000 was launched back in 1985, with 70 percent of its part numbers unique to Saab.

….the 9-5 range probably offers more space than any other car retailing for under £50,000.

….there’s a satisfying sophistication to the drivetrain of this new Saab. The engine is very smooth and extremely refined under cruising conditions and the autobox swift to respond. The fact that it can get to 62mph in 6.9 seconds, despite weighing 1945kg gives some idea of its potency. The 9-5 can kick down and sprint past slower cars with ease.

Head on over to Autocar and read the full report for yourself. There are some great numbers and little factoids in there and I can’t wait to hear more as the rest of the world’s reports come out this week.

Thanks to Sven for the tip!

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