Mats is a good mate of mine living quite close to Trollhattan. He’s got fine automotive tastes, but as far as I know is yet to add a Saab to his garage. I’ve been waiting for him to drive the new Saab 9-5 for a little while now.
This is a good story, because it not only fulfills my wish to get Mats into a 9-5, it also sees his boss fulfilling a wish to finally buy a new 9-5 of his own. And it seems he’s very happy with it.
The two of them took the boss’ new 9-5 TiD (160hp) on a 450 mile trip – just enough time to stretch the legs :-).
Writeup and photos are below.
I told you my boss got his new 9-5 on the 28th of December… Yesterday we did a 450+ miles trip in the line of work and I have just one thing to say – What a car !
He originally wanted the TID with the automatic gearbox but that wouldn’t fit inside the budget so he went for the manual and added the HUD and Bluetooth. (I’m used to driving manuals but my boss’s last two cars have been 9-5 wagons with the 2.3 engine and automatic gearboxes and before that two manual 9-5’s)
The last weekend was warm here in Sweden so some of the snow had melted and this morning was the first morning with below freezing temperatures. The road was a bit slippery but the 9-5 never felt nervous, just solidly planted on the road despite running on unstudded winter tires. This car comes with the sport suspension by default and I think it handled great, firm but never rough, even on ice-caked roads it was never harsh in any way.
Out on the highway the first thing that hit me was how quiet this car is. There were three people in the car and we easily carried a conversation between the front and backseats doing around 100km/h or more. I drove it myself for a few hours and you really need the cruise control in this car, it disguises the speed to such extent that the risk of speeding is evident, luckily the cruise control is all handled from the steering wheel and very easy to use.
You also very quickly get used to the HUD and being back in my own car, looking down at the speedo, suddenly felt very awkward. As always in a 9-5, the seats were sublime. We spent around 9 hours on the road yesterday and it never made me feel tired like some cars do.
All in all….Saab have created a great car, the 160hp diesel engine performs well, I never felt the need for more power when passing trucks or other cars. Sure you have to downshift to 4th gear but I don’t mind….makes me feel more connected to the car…..
The tripcomputer is never reset so the 5.9 liters/100 km is the usage since it was new. Over 1900 km’s driven. Not bad for a brand new engine in such a big car!