IMPORTANT NEWS: National Electric Vehicle Sweden has agreed to buy the assets of Saab Automobile and the sale is expected to be finalized during the summer.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Saab 9-5 a cure for traditional German luxury sedans

Australian Car Advice has tested the new Saab 9-5 Sedan and they like what they see:

Firstly, we have to consider the looks. Unlike the Germans, the Saab has a very unique character to it.

The 9-5′s front, although modern, is still very much Saab. ...
The rear end sports the ‘iceblock’ style taillights that go across the entire back and create a very striking characteristic for the vehicle at night. Saab believes its customers strive for uniqueness, so offering a vehicle with character and Scandinavian design themes was a must.
Overall you’re not going to mistake a 9-5 in traffic for a A6 or an E-Class. Its unique factor is probably its biggest drawing card against the mighty Germans.

And how it drives:

Behind the wheel, the Turbo6 is a very lively car to punt around. In Comfort mode it’s very stable around poor quality roads, but put it into Sport mode and it will eat up mountain roads with ease. ...
The Turbo4 does present a hint of torque-steer if accelerating out of corners, but it’s unnoticeable when driven sedately. As far as ride and handling goes though, it’s pretty fun to drive. It’s a plush ride around town but can also be driven with a bit of enthusiasm if the time comes.

And overall they are satisfied: 
Overall, the 2011 Saab 9-5 is a very worthy contender in the luxury large-car segment. Its striking looks, driving dynamics, list of standard features and competitive pricing strike a great combination for buyers that are looking for something with a bit more character. 

It's nice to see that the Saab 9-5 Sedan starting to make the rounds down under!