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, June 8, 2011

The Saab 9-4X, one of the best crossovers on the market!

As previously mentioned, the first Saab 9-4Xs started shipping out from Ramos Arizpe, Mexico destined for US dealers Thursday last week. Several dealers have aklready listed the 9-4X in their inventory so it shouldn't be long until you can take one of the cars out for a test drive. But until then, let's take a look at the latest 9-4X review that has popped up. This one comes from MSN Autos.

First they comment on the design:

Placed squarely between the 9-3 and 9-5 in the Swedish automaker's stable, the 9-4X brings some unique Scandinavian style to a platform shared with the Cadillac SRX. As a crossover, the new model successfully merges utility and space with the ride of a passenger car. However, it may have a hard time getting anyone's attention, as the company seems to have dialed back the visual impact.
They like the interior:
The interior of the 9-4X is classic Saab, right down to the green-lit gauges and between-seat ignition, which is now just a start/stop button. It is evident that Saab took its materials, fit and finish seriously when creating the interior for this car. If any elements were found to be not up to Saab standards, they were redesigned or sourced elsewhere.
And the space:
No seat inside the 9-4X feels cramped or otherwise uncomfortable. A large rear cargo area offers either 29.2 cubic feet of storage space or 61.2 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. Ambient lighting, not available on the base trim, adds the finishing touch to an already nice cabin.

The engine has enough power and the car handles well:
We recently had an opportunity to spend some time with the 9-4X's sporty Aero variant. It took actually sitting behind the wheel to appreciate this new crossover. It is fun to drive, all things considered. We were immediately impressed with the surge of power from the twin-scroll turbo.

The 9-4X's steering has a solid feel and ably communicates road subtleties to the driver. Another plus is the Sport button, which immediately and noticeably tightens up the suspension, making for decent handling around curves.

Overall MSN Auto proclaim the 9-4X one of the best crossovers on the market:
The Saab 9-4X is a solid package, not too remarkable or particularly groundbreaking, but capable nonetheless. In fact, it's a lot better than we were expecting it to be, and is easily one of the better crossovers on the market. If you appreciate build quality and technology, and you're looking for something with plenty of space but don't want to feel like you're in an episode of "Ice Road Truckers," you'll be pleased with the new 9-4X.

In other words, another great review for the Saab 9-4X! If you are in the market for this car, then you might want to check out the other reviews as well. And of course, call your dealer and book a test drive as soon as the car has arrived!