Saab 9-5 in the engine press: Saab 9-5, BMW 5er, Audi A6 diesel comparison at Autobild

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Autobild had the new Audi A6 compete against the Saab 9-5 and the 5er BMW. For the Saab 9-5 TTID one writes the following:

The largest is the Saab. He offers so much space in the back that he would be eligible as a chauffeur car, one would not have to laboriously when boarding under the flat roof spar durchfädeln.

However, size can also be disturbing in parking garages and tight city centers, for example. There, it is annoying enough that the 9-5, under which sheet metal Opel Insignia technology is inserted, with its 5,01 meters the BMW by eleven and the Audi by 9,5 centimeters. On top of that, it is also the most unmanageable: wide roof posts obstruct the view just as much as the windows in the loopholes format.

While the Germans keep their technological wealth manageable with sophisticated user interfaces, the Swede forces his driver to come to terms with a difficult-to-understand mix of mysteriously labeled keys and touch-sensitive on-screen menus. Inglorious for a former aircraft manufacturer who always wanted to distract the pilot as little as possible.

Okay, even if we do not like to hear the permanent Opel chatter, with some criticisms, the autobild is right. For example, on the subject of former aircraft manufacturers and clarity. It continues like this:

The Saab 9-5 amazes with a surprising mobility for five-meter ships, but buys them with wooden hardness. Even the damper adjustment (1490 euros) only partially alleviates this weakness. In “C” like “Comfort” it can be endured. The sport mode is only fun until the lumbar vertebrae go on block for the first time. No deep pothole is required for this; a simple manhole cover is enough.

The diesel in the 9-5 is the strongest of the trio. However, he can neither play his horsepower advantage, nor does he benefit from the response of the two series-connected turbos. Since the Saab also has the most bacon on the hips - with 1850 kilograms he is 166 kilos heavier than the Audi -, he is also significantly behind in saving: 7,0 liter test consumption are the highest value in this comparison. However, the Swedes - unlike Audi and BMW - have neither start-stop automatic nor (such as Audi) built a switchable efficiency program that supports executives on the eco-trip with a softer gas curve and a throttled climate performance.

Also in Sweden, at Saab, one is not happy with the tuning of the suspension and will therefore incorporate changes into the new model year. And that the Saab is too heavy, well, some have already noticed at the premiere.

Who the complete article with Autobild like to read, please. A confident Saab rider will not be deterred by the idea of ​​buying a Saab as a Swedish alternative to mass produced goods from Ingolstadt and Munich. And we can live with the criticism.

Source: Autobild

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One thought on "Saab 9-5 in the engine press: Saab 9-5, BMW 5er, Audi A6 diesel comparison at Autobild"

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    I “loved” the article and I miss fair reporting.
    For example, that the Saab 166 kilo is heavier and thus has disadvantages in gas mileage and acceleration seems clear and should be improved, absolutely. Also, that the comfort is less good than the competition, I can still accept (even if I would like to convince myself).

    If the car is big (bigger than the competition) it is too big, if it were smaller it would definitely be too small! You can turn and turn that as you want. But the most unfair thing I find the price comparison, no transparency in terms of equipment. Comparing the BMW with 17 ″ rims to the Saab with 19 ″ rims (for a surcharge) doesn't seem very fair to me, with the best will in the world I can't imagine that Saab (compared fairly) is more expensive than BMW and Audi. Well, you can't expect more from a German magazine, I just hope that buyers will make more objective decisions 😉

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