Saab in the engine press: New Swede - Saab 9-5 short test

The Wirtschaftsblatt from Austria has tested the Saab 9-5 sedan in the 2.0T version with four-wheel drive and writes about it:

New Swede!

Saab 9-5. The new “9-5er” is all-round fun - as long as you don't look at the fuel gauge.

So there it stands, the new 9-5er from under new flag (namely that of the Dutch sports car manufacturer Spyker) driving home Saab. And he's a real bastard, a feschak. Our test vehicle was all in black, which seemed particularly cool in connection with tinted windows. So on the outside there is nothing to complain about. Should one think so. For hardcore fans of the Swedish brand miss the traditional originality in design and see the new 9-5er a pseudo-Audi or something else. We say there is worse than compared to the German luxury brand, though not really confused.

Speaking of which: Comparing with German premium level, the Saab also largely withstands the interior. This pleases with high quality workmanship and consistently solid materials, whereby Saab - apart from the typical ventilation applications - is not as unique as it used to be. We deduct deductions for the green lighting of the radio and some of the fittings, which were very bright and the dimmer was apparently defective.

Outgoing drinking

Otherwise brought us the recently just Dutch Swede, in which even an American heart (ie an engine of the old owner GM) beats, but a completely successful driving pleasure. Rich acceleration and excellent driving characteristics are really enjoyable. However, one passes when looking at the consumption, you can literally watch the tanker needle fall. In test mode, we have come to more than 13 liter combined. This is no longer acceptable today, and here Saab is miles behind the German competition.

Is Saab really lagging behind the German competition in terms of consumption? A comparable Audi A6 quattro is specified in standard consumption with 8 liters, the Saab with 9,9 liters. We know that the standard consumption is considerably reduced and the real consumption of the Audi should be 10.0 L / 100 km. The Saab, moved sparingly, will land at 11,0 - 12,0 l / km, which is due to the higher vehicle weight and the lack of gear in the 6-speed automatic compared to the 7-speed dual clutch transmission of the Audi.

But can individual driving pleasure outweigh this extra consumption? Quite possible, we mean. Because a Saab has always been an individual decision.

Source: Wirtschaftsblatt

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