It was my personal favourite when I went to the new Saab 9-5 launch back in June and it’s definitely winning hearts and minds as deliveries start to customers and dealers around the world.
It’s the four-cylinder 2011 Saab 9-5 2.0T.
This hit my inbox this morning, from Carlos, in Spain.
I sent you an e-mail in september regarding your impression about the new Saab 9-5 2.0 T FWD + Drivesense + Automatic transmission, that I had ordered at the end of July.
Now, after driving my new car for one week I can confirm you this is a really magnificent car. I’m tremendously happy with this car, each time I’m driving it I have a big smile in my mouth……………. 🙂
I would like to thank Saab for designing and making this fabulous car. We all have to have faith and hope in the future of this unique and special brand. Saab up!
Cheers from Spain,
And this comment came through from Steve C a few days ago. He attended the open-house at Reinertsen Motors in Denville, New Jersey on the weekend. Reinertsen deliberately waited for the 2011 models before doing their big 9-5 launch.
….the Turbo4 is just what current and past owners would hope for in a new Saab. After a few minutes, I felf like I’ve been driving this 220 hp, 6-sp manual for months. Part of that was the familiar feel of what we like so much in our past Saabs — only even better on many levels. You didn’t want to stop driving!
Torque is incredible, even at 1.5K in 4th gear! Acceleration was surprisingly brisk. Clutch and shift action couldn’t be better. Great handling without a harsh sound or abrupt feel of rough sections of road. And, this was the first time seeing the panoramic sun roof. Spoiler Alert: test drivng this car will have you wanting to spend more time with it and you won’t want to give it back!
The great thing about the 2.0T version of the car is that the engine is much lighter. As a consequence, the car feels a lot more nimble than you expect and in a true Saab tradition, it does things that you don’t expect it should do. In the Saab 900’s case, that was carrying ride-on lawnmowers in the back. In the Saab 9-5’s case, it ends up being a big car that feels like a much smaller car on the road.
The Saab 9-5 2.0T Premium (or whatever your market calls the equivalent) should be a very good seller for Saab.
It’s the sweet spot.