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.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Saab 9-3 and Saab 9-5 live on

Here's a bunch of Saab 9-5 and 9-3 reviews that have popped up the last two days. And it is nice to see that despite all turmoil and uncertainty these cars still get great reviews.

First American Faimly car guide checks out the Saab 9-3:
An all-new 9-3 is in the works [...] but in the meantime the 9-3 actually remains a decent family choice... The 9-3 isn't for sport-sedan enthusiasts, but it still has a lot of appeal for families looking for a comfortable, manageably sized, European-flavored sedan—and something different than staid German rivals.
We like the size of the 9-3 and think many small families will, too; it lands between compact and mid-size by U.S. standards, and feels small and maneuverable enough in the city yet has an interior that feels notably roomier than the likes of compact sport sedans like the Audi A4 or Volvo S40.

British Fleet news has taken the Saab 89-3 SportCombi for a spin and will soon come with a test:
Hidden among the 2012 model year upgrades for the 9-3 Sportwagon is the news that the CO2 emissions of the car have been reduced to below 120g/km.[...] This is equivalent to fuel consumption of 62.8mpg on the combined cycle. 
I last drove a 9-3 after its mid-life facelift in 2007, so it was good to reacquaint myself with the car and discover the performance of the 180bhp twin-turbo diesel. First impressions suggest it’s surprisingly refined and marred only by a laborious gearshift.

Irish Herald says that the 9-5 lives on:
BioPower is one of those concepts that doesn't ram the whole Green agenda down your throat, but it does give you a choice (ethanol or petrol).More importantly than that though, the 9-5 is one of the fastest improved cars on the planet - a thrill to drive, with great poke and performance which makes it the Darren Clarke of motors - a heavyweight performer which many thought was long past its best, only to make a sensational comeback.

Australian Car Guide likes most aspects about the Saab 9-5 Aero:
It's an impressive car to look at particularly around the three quarter rear section and from straight on. The interior is awash with electronics and plenty of luxury kit including lashings of leather and woodgrain fascia and an impressive audio system. 
The engine is a sweet sounding Holden 2.8-litre, petrol, twin cam V6 with a twin-scroll turbo fitted.

Due to its abundant equipment, the Aero is a weighty beast tipping the scales at close to 2.0 tonnes but the way it goes and handles belie this.