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.

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Australian tests the Saab 9-5 Sedan

Here on Life with Saab several Australian tests of the new Saab 9-5 have already been presented. And today we have one more. This times it's The Australian which has gone for a test drive. One thing the tests seem to have in common is that the testers like the Saab 9-5! So without further ado, here is another Aussie test.

They like the chassis: 
The underpinnings are good. Although they're shared with lesser brands such as Opel, the car's composure and chassis tuning feel up to segment standards. It feels solid and substantial.
And the design:

Besides turbocharging, other Saab signatures are realised through the car's sheet metal, which has a distinctive cabin shape with visor-like glass. It looks like a Saab even without the liftback rear that used to be part of the formula.
And the interior:

Inside, the asymetrical speedo, grid-pattern vents, shapely seats and cockpit-style centre console also echo brand strengths. It's a pleasant place to be.
And they seem excited with the whole package: 
But on a first taste the 9-5 exceeded expectations. In a very real sense, the only way was up. The 9-5 must redefine the brand for a new generation of buyers and it is at least in with a chance. 
In other words, yet another good Aussie review for Saab!