Yesterday was the first day of our Saab dealer tour and the kick-off was very promising. It came to me for the first contact with the Saab 9-4x. An SUV in Hamburg city traffic is an interesting opportunity to get to know this type of vehicle better, but is it the optimal location?
Although the 9-4x is a stately car at first glance, it gets on very well in the city. Whether on the narrow hotel grounds or in dense Hamburg city traffic.
The Saab 9-4x is very handy and I would say it is sporty to drive. The active reversing camera makes parking a breeze, even in the tightest of spaces. Some readers wanted to know how the Swede from Mexico feels and were worried that the 9-4x might not be “Saabig” enough. The fears are unfounded, because on the one hand you notice that the 9-4x was developed with a great deal of attention to detail, on the other hand that Trollhättan was in charge and self-sufficient.
Saab can, as you can see on the 9-4x, build cars anywhere in the world that have all the Saab genes in them and are the Saab.
Back to the driving impressions. The Saab 9-4x has, you can feel the first few meters, a lot of fun potential and he will significantly change the perception of Saab in Germany.
With the pressure on the start button, the V6 comes to life with a very sympathetic sound. The engine is excellent on the throttle, the 6 automatic transmission and the engine harmonize perfectly.
The tuning of the Saab 9-4, our test vehicle is a North American model from the model year 2011, is pleasingly direct and very handy. The model year 2012, then with German versions, will be a tad better, promises Saab. The interior I really liked, also here a lot of detail improvement will flow into the new model year.
Something is coming up to us. First, it is a Saab that attracts a lot of attention. Whether in front of the fish stall in the harbor, while refueling or on the road in the city. Everywhere the photos were taken and there were clear comments. The Saab 9-4x will bring customers to Saab who have not been on the shopping list for our favorite brand yet.
Saab Germany plans the Saab 9-4x with very small numbers, because the more important model is the new Saab 9-5 sport combination. However, I think that the Saab 9-4x will sell much better than planned.
On the one hand the price is very attractive, on the other hand the design is typically Scandinavian. This makes it the alternative to all sorts of designs from German manufacturers. There are clear statements about this. Because as the young man said yesterday at the Shell petrol station in Halstenbeck, "... simply great". Clear. Nothing to add.