Oberösterreich Nachrichten tested the Saab 9-5. Even the headline “The most beautiful five meters in Sweden” makes us forgiving and is balm for our sore Saab soul. We have also driven the 160 hp diesel, the engine left us with mixed impressions in terms of running smoothness and power delivery. Our 9-5 at the time, however, we want to emphasize, was one of the very first to come to Germany. In the meantime, Saab has put some fine-tuning into the vote. A short Saab reading for Sunday.
The Swedish car maker Saab is doing very badly, he will only be kept alive by Chinese financial injections. The Saab 9-5 is not noticeable. On the contrary: The beautiful sedan is a coherent package.
The new Saab 9-5 has what it takes to lead the badly battered traditional Swedish brand into a better future - if it does not run out of (financial) air before.
The five-meter-long sedan can be seen in the truest sense of the word: The front-wheel drive is beautifully drawn - and reminds a bit of a coupe. Die-hard customers can be happy, because the thick A- and C-pillars, the steeply standing windscreen or the far forward roof are clearly Saab-typical.
Even in the interior, Saab friends immediately feel at home: the design of the dashboard or the ventilation grills are unmistakable. And the start button can be found where once the ignition was - on the center console between the seats.
Helpful night panel button
Thankfully, the Saab engineers have not forgotten about the "Night Panel" button: who presses this button, only the most important information (eg speed) is displayed, the rest is dimmed. This feature makes night driving a lot more bearable. Speaking of night driving: The instrument lighting is green - for an additional charge, there is even a head-up display, which projects speed and speed on the windshield.
These examples show that Saab, with the 9-5 model, succeeded in interpreting some of the traditions - some affectionately speak of quirks - in a modern way. Only partially modern shows the technology under the hood, which incidentally comes from the former sister brand Opel.
The 2.0-liter diesel makes 160 PS and is very economical: Overland consumption values below six liters of diesel are easily reached, the standard consumption of only 5,3 liters (equivalent to 139 grams CO2 per kilometer), we have missed. The test consumption of 6,6 liters can still be seen. Thanks to the 70-liter tank, ranges of more than 1000 kilometers are possible.
No start-stop automatic
However, we missed a start-stop system. It should be self-evident in this class and at this price level.
At the class level, however, are the comfort and space in the interior: Thanks to the long wheelbase prevails even in series two generous Kniefreiheit. Something disturbing is only the lack of clarity - especially after obliquely behind. And if you drive too far into the intersection, you have to bend over the steering wheel so that the traffic light can also be seen.
When driving, the Saab 9-5 is very confident, the car can be controlled exactly. And while driving are no drive influences felt. Especially on long distances, the Saab exudes great calm - which has a very positive effect on the passengers.
Saab 9 5 2.0 TiD M6 Linear
from € 39.000
CO2: 139 g / km
Eco Factor: 3 of 5 stars
Beautifully drawn limousine, very economical, comfortable, ergonomically perfect cockpit, engine well insulated.
Uncertain future of the brand, high loss of value, limited visibility.
Engine: Four-cylinder diesel, 1956 cc, 118 kW (160 PS) at 4000 U./Min., 350 Nm Torque at 1750 U./Min.
Usage: 6,9 / 4,4 / 5,3 liter diesel (city / country / mix) in the MVEG cycle.
OÖN test consumption: 6,6 liters.
Drive: six-speed manual transmission, front-wheel drive.
Performance: 0 at 100 km / h in 9,9 seconds, peak 215 km / h.
Dimensions: 5008 / 1868 / 1467 millimeters (L / W / H), 515 liters loading volume, 70 liters tank capacity.
Weights: 1725 kilo dead weight, 2180 kilo total weight, 750 or 1700 kilo towing capacity.
Warranty: two years, twelve years against rust.
Source: Upper Austria News