The insurance company Folksam publishes the ranking of the safest vehicles every year. A tradition since the year 1983 and particularly exciting for Saab drivers. Because their cars are getting older. Are you still sure?
The Folksam Report is based on real accident data. 292 vehicle types were evaluated for the study. 170.000 accidents from the years 1994 to 2016 provided data, the evaluation is exciting.
Because the Saab vehicle population is aging, and the recent new releases of Saab were no longer included in the report. The reason is obvious. Saab 9-5 NG and 9-4x are too rare and thus hardly represented in the accident scene. Representative data that could be evaluated does not exist.
All Saab 9-3 generations, Saab 9-5 I, Saab 9000 and both Saab 900 variants were rated.
Folksam Report 2017, the result:
- Saab 9-5 I, 98 - 09. Good security. At least 20% better than the average
- Saab 9-3 II, 03 - 12. Good security. At least 20% better than the average
- Saab 9-3, 98 - 02. Good security. At least 20% better than the average
- Saab 900 II, 94 - 98. Good security. At least 20% better than the average
- Saab 9000, 85 - 98. Average security
- Saab 900, 79 - 87. Below average. 20% worse than the average
Amazed? Almost all models from Saab can still be considered as above average safe. The 9000 cuts, as a car from the year 1985, also surprisingly brave. And that the classic 900 is no longer up to date, should surprise anybody and grieve no one. Because his result is respectable.
The relationship? There are differences in security.
Especially when we take a look at vehicles beyond the Saab world. The Saab 900 II is based in part on the bottom section of the Vectra A. There must be greater differences in this family relationship. Because the Vectra cuts at Folksam catastrophic. Its safety is 40% below the cut, and thus below the level of the older Saab 901.
And even the Vectra B wins no fame for the traditional Opel brand. He donated his bottom group to the 9-5 I. It was thoroughly revised in Sweden. And so the Saab 9-5 is still 20% above average and is a very safe car. The Vectra B is only average safe.
What do you learn from it? On the one hand, that a Saab is not an Opel and that the Swedes thoroughly understood their craft. That gives a good feeling. On the other hand, that even an above-average product does not guarantee the survival of a brand.