It's been three years since I last used a Saab 9-5 TTID sedan test car was on the way. At that time it was a new TTID XWD from the stock of Saab Frankfurt, today is a very well-equipped limousine from previous ownership, which provides the car dealership Lafrentz. How are 3 years and 86.000 kilometers getting the Saab, do you notice the age?
Morning dew, the first harbinger of autumn, is still on the paint when I start my Saab limousine. Laser red, I notice, is not an entirely appropriate name for the color. Talladegarot would have been more appropriate, a rich, traditional Saab red that the Saab 900 already wore. And that suited him well.
The 190 hp diesel starts and leaves no doubt as to which type of combustion is present here. He nails, then after a few meters he falls into a calmer, sonorous run. I'm not exactly a fan of this machine, nothing has changed in the past three years. The engine behaves as you would expect it to; Competitors' diesels do not behave any differently. If you are looking for an economical, yet powerful machine in the 9-5, you've come to the right place.
The 6-speed gearbox shifts with sufficient precision, you don't feel that the Saab has already run 86.000 kilometers. Which brings us to the most important point of the test.
86.000 kilometers, 3 years and 9 months old. Rattle free.
The Saab 9-5 TTID is equipped with very comfortable, soft premium leather and has a panoramic roof, which creates a wonderfully bright ambience. Nothing on the vehicle indicates the age or the kilometers run. The interior feels good, there is no rattling or creaking noises, despite the large panoramic roof. Saab has delivered an extremely rigid body structure here, even vehicles that are now scratching the 200.000 kilometer mark are still absolutely rattle-free.
Anyone who has seen a Saab 9-5 NG disassembled will get an idea of how it was done in Sweden. As an example, there is a massive, impressive strut between the dashboard and the bulkhead. As a layman, I would call it a strut brace in XXXL format. In addition to a good feeling, such details also convey the certainty that you are traveling in a particularly safe vehicle.
The 9-5 TTID sedan has no drive sense, but rolls smoothly through the area on the 18 ″ rims. On the one hand this is due to the fact that the tuning of the chassis got better and better as the production time increased. On the other hand, it is due to the fact that a HiPerStrut chassis was built into this TTID. That makes working with the 9-5 even more pleasant. Saab wrote about it in 2011:
The advanced HiPerStrut system offers driving characteristics similar to an architecture with double triangular wishbones. Compared to the McPherson front axle, the spread, length and offset of the spindle have been shortened. This largely decouples the steering from disruptive forces, the car gets more grip and the handling and braking properties are improved.
What was true in 2011 will also apply in 2014. From a technical point of view, the 9-5 TTID drives absolutely unobtrusively through the world - the right characterization for 90% of the properties. In a positive sense, it proves inner values and robustness in terms of the body and workmanship. The somewhat growling engine doesn't make me happy. He deserved an automatic that would also have come in later model years. Everyone has to decide for themselves whether they like the machine or not. There are now quieter diesel engines on the market, but also machines that are louder and less sophisticated. The Saab is in the midfield in its class.
What makes the Saab stand out from the automotive mass, the remaining 10%. The extraordinary design still makes the 9-5 stand out. Especially when he is traveling in the traditional Talladegarot, which is actually called Laserrot. The passers-by are happy to see the individual Swede pass by. The Saab Pilot has his pleasure with head-up display, jet style row tacho and the large panoramic sunroof. What everything on board would be, what the Saab heart desires. Pure Saab, even after 3 years, 9 months and 86.000 kilometers.
A positive result! Which is not a given! At the presentation of the 9-5 NG and after contact with the first vehicles, which was not very flattering, I would not have expected it that way. Just like that there has been no production for three years. The tested 9-5 TTID is for sale in Kiel. If you want to deal more with the topic, you can use our big Saab 9-5 NG Buyer's guide to study.