Where are the alternatives to Saab?

Saab drivers are very loyal to their brand. However, more than 8 years without a new car naturally leave their mark. The Saab is increasingly becoming a second car and a hobby. The question arises as to which brands Saab drivers switch to if they do.

Saab 9-5 Aero model year 2005. What else parks outside the front door. Are there any alternatives to Saab?
Saab 9-5 Aero model year 2005. What else parks outside the front door. Are there any alternatives to Saab?

The first wave of emigration already started 2011 and 2012. Not in the direction of Volvo, as you might think. The company car drivers switched to Audi and BMW and only a few to the Gothenburg brand. In the meantime, some 3 leasing cycles have passed, and the question arises as to who drives only Saab from our readers, who does not, and what other brands are preferred.

No trend can be derived from discussions with former Saab drivers. You are still connected to the small brand from Trollhättan and read the blog. But the vehicles they drive are very different. One drives a Skoda, the other a Korean hybrid, and yet another has fulfilled a long-cherished dream with a 911.

Then there are the returnees. After a longer Saab break, it goes on, and another vehicle pulls the griffin into the carport at home. Mainly because it now fits into life. Because you changed jobs, got a company car, or because you retired.

For the first time, our survey is a little more extensive. Because visitors who no longer have anything to do with Saab or are only now interested in the brand also read the blog. We would like to get to know the readers even better so that we can better classify their automotive preferences. For this reason, the survey consists of several parts, in some cases multiple answers are possible.

Saab drive exclusive, or not?

The readers on the Saabblog are a colorful cross-section of society. Young and older fans, academics, retirees, freelancers and students gather here. Some drive Saab out of deep conviction, and they only drive Saab. The others only drive their Saab when the weather is nice, often with seasonal approval. With another group, Saab is already a thing of the past, but the bond with the brand is still there. And then there are the readers who are simply interested in cars from Trollhättan without owning one.

Saab drive exclusively. Or not?

  • I drive Saab. And only Saab! (49% 315 Votes)
  • Saab and another make. (37% 240 Votes)
  • At the moment I'm not driving Saab anymore. (9% 61 Votes)
  • I would like to drive Saab. (5% 32 Votes)

Total Voters: 648

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What are the alternatives to Saab?

What drives you as an alternative, if for some reason no more Saab drives? Because you have a company car, the employer does not accept an older car in the fleet? Because the Saab does not fit in the life situation at the moment. Which brand can replace a Saab, where is the trend going?

Is it the Gothenburg brand that could possibly replace a Saab? Or instead of Volvo but rather a German premium make? Are French cars an alternative or can Asian brands score points? The manufacturers attract with generous trade-ins, discounts, financing and leasing offers. Maximum 2 answers are possible. We are curious!

Alternatives to Saab? Which make do Saab drivers prefer?

  • Volvo (32% 276 Votes)
  • Other brand (13% 110 Votes)
  • BMW (8% 67 Votes)
  • Japanese manufacturer (7% 60 Votes)
  • Mercedes (5% 48 Votes)
  • Audi (5% 44 Votes)
  • Tesla (4% 36 Votes)
  • Citroen (4% 36 Votes)
  • Skoda (4% 34 Votes)
  • VW (3% 28 Votes)
  • Peugeot (3% 27 Votes)
  • Opel (3% 26 Votes)
  • Korean manufacturer (3% 24 Votes)
  • Porsche (2% 16 Votes)
  • Ford (1% 10 Votes)
  • Renault (1% 10 Votes)
  • Seat (1% 9 Votes)
  • Mini (1% 7 Votes)
  • Smart (1% 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 620

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74 thoughts on "Where are the alternatives to Saab?"

  • Interesting alternatives to Saab-Phylosophy at that time, to enable people to live up to their safety and longevity without offering senselessly wanted commerce, are practically non-existent today! Starting from the active and passive securities that almost no other car brand has used so intensively and even mostly made use of in advance, at least in the period from 70ern to late 90ers, nobody will be able to offer or replace so generously.

    These times are over, today we are increasingly suffering from the disposable society, and also in the automotive sector! Saab was strange and unique, usually always a nose ahead, not only ahead of the competition, but also against new and later introduced laws! Certainly, these examples know the older Saab drivers among us, it began a gradual year-long intensive vehicle development from model 99 to 9000, in some cases even to 9.5NG, although during the last Saab production years the parent company GM again and again slowed many things, too always the reasons were, most probably probably austerity measures, otherwise 9.3 + 9.5er would have improved in terms of quality and safety. Not to mention that Saab research was already doing research on electro-powered engines, but this topic was unripened at that time and intended only for specific purposes, such as those for a few electric-powered mail vehicles intended for parcel delivery; logically, this development was left in the drawer.

    Not to forget on this subject, the Swedish state shaped at that time, to a certain extent certain “political-financial” influence on the industry; not to be compared with the past diesel scandal! As well as the generation of that time had other needs, as the market was generally still small compared to today's conditions and the vehicle market still tended to differ from country to country. The vehicle was still treated as a luxury good, so all sorts of differences among the “few” automobiles were clearly visible. Today, a modern car, large or small, is a natural means of transportation, and for most of us it is almost unidentified; ie we are getting closer and closer to “car sharing”. The demands are probably higher, but less and less differentiable, so that it is used and used as a disregarded fashion consumable as long as it is possible or even gentlemen and women are not bored with the pleasure object, because leasing is a matter of course today. As a result, a vehicle is less and less viewed as a valuable property.

    Interesting observation in my family, who have been driving Saab for 50 years, just as I have been driving Saab for 40 years, including working with Saab for a few years during the 80s, the relationship to the old Saab's is very strong, even if little is said about it today will, but only with great effort we say goodbye to our Saab's, if it absolutely has to be. We are also laboriously influenced or even persuaded by a new product as an alternative. This was already noticeable when the 902 / 9.3 + 9.5 models were introduced, which fundamentally changed the Saab passion. The only interesting topic in the last 15 years has been the introduction of E85 engines, which has led us to keep an eye out for an even more modern Saab. But from a political point of view, these BP versions probably no longer have a future, since nothing was funded lately, or there is even talk of dismantling the E85 offer!

    Since today I no longer need a vehicle as a means of transport, and thus do not travel many miles, ie mostly only for private use, the brand alternative, after the disappearance of our peculiar and self-exploring Swedish car brand, actually never made aware, or Thanks to a collection of well-preserved old tu-16s models such as 901er and 9k, where the really sparkling Saab driving experience still comes alive in the day or at best for the modern environmentally friendly everyday life, where with us for a long time only BioPower engines were used, although these models do not embody an extremely big Saab philosophy! This is as long as E85 is offered, but luckily they also work with gasoline.

    Diesel was never an issue at Saab, as it was not originally Saab technology unless GM was in charge. This served only as a sales strategy to keep sales in the various countries stable, as the price differences between gasoline and diesel were artificially influenced by market conditions and the consumption values ​​were usually much more interesting in terms of price.

    For me there is no fair Saab alternative for a passionate Saabist, only a “workhorse” in the style of the Land-Rover Defender V8, although this is not a long-haul vehicle and will therefore never replace the Saab!


  • Really? Where else can you find E85 gas stations in D? I could not find a single one more and would therefore be very grateful for any hint! 🙂 And what does the liter in CH cost? I researched online and think that there should still be E85 at Agrola in (German) Switzerland. Since I will go there soon, I would be very interested!

    Thank you and have a nice Sunday!

    PS: In France it is very good to refuel E85. There, the network is currently being greatly expanded, retrofitted the cars and the liter is between 60 and 80 cent! 🙂

  • In this respect, I also landed on BioPower, as in Sweden the supply of E85 was better developed than in the rest of Europe, although probably there is no long-term future due to lack of E-85 demand; On the one hand, unfortunately, the Saab research has been missing since 2011, otherwise it would certainly have been able to look better all over Europe. In addition, there are still enough E85 gas stations in Germany + Switzerland, so that on my part mostly only E85 is fueled.

  • Can only attach me!

  • I am similar to you and Hans S.
    That's why I didn't take part in the survey, couldn't take part ...

    I broke off the search for alternative new cars a few years ago and came to the conclusion that I would prefer to pursue my automotive future with my inventory, other SAABs and “used cars” from other brands.

    Such a category (delicious baby, young and old-timers of all men's countries as a Saab new car alternative) does not offer the survey. But for me that is exactly the sexiest alternative and apparently I'm not alone with it. That's nice to know.


    9000s are already preserved in the Saab Car Museum in THN and will be preserved for posterity ...
    As a private person you are more responsible for the presence on the street - for making yourself and your fellow human beings happy in everyday life. I get a lot of thumbs up and see ecstatic faces when I'm out and about with my 49 year old Volvo 164E in everyday life.

    On 2.400 Km in Sweden, I have not seen any more this year and with the 9000 it was hardly better. 3 or 4 it was in total and I was very saddened.

    My 164 has now run almost 460.000 km according to the speedometer and will continue to be driven. I would do the same with a 9000. The road (preferably long stretches) is its natural habitat. So drive, be happy and please others with it. Just have no scruples ...

  • very interesting to see the many different opinions and solutions

    BUT: what was Saab really really like? extremely independent to sometimes bizarre, very fast (and sometimes very comfortable), very stylish (not necessarily classically “beautiful” but just a real personality), and rarely.

    All the bread and butter nonsense of the later phases and the watering down by this great German brand, which fortunately is hardly mentioned, have nothing to do with real Saab anymore ...

    So I don't quite understand the enthusiasm - and certainly not the association with Saab - for Asian bread-and-butter cars (regardless of their excellent everyday value) and for the still so-called premium models (basically dead boring, overpriced boring cars ) of a large European country.

    If one takes the emotionality and originality as the most central points of the Saab myth, then a worthy successor (if that's what it takes) must fulfill these same conditions. Therefore, in my view, only brands such as Alfa Romeo or Jaguar come into question.

    At Alfa Romeo, the central points such as emotionality, sportiness, independence, design etc. are absolutely met. Really great and (after a long dry spell again) a lot of fun (just like with Saab). This is also the case with Jaguar, but I allow myself the snobbery to restrict it here essentially to the old, “real” Jaguar phase, i.e. the design language of the XJ models or older (with these beautiful round double lights and curved lines ); maybe something really good will come here again ...

    Otherwise: Saab's are still fully suitable for everyday use, so keep having fun 😉

    had many different 900er convertibles series I and II, 9000 and 9-5; Currently I drive a 900 Convertible Series I, more follow again.
    For me the direct Saab successors were Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, Alfa Romeo 4c and for the sweet femininity a Jaguar X-Type (3.0), all very different, but wonderful cars!

    Cheers & ciao ciao

  • Cars belong on the street, even special ones. Whether it has to be 20t is another question, but it is sacrilege not to move great cars! Aslo, go for it!

  • Here is my Saab story: It started in 2000 with a green deer 9-3 which I then exchanged for a 2004-9 3t convertible in 1.8 (also with deer tuning - in lime yellow). I still drive this wonderful car today. In addition, from 2009 my wife had a 9-5 Aero (99er Jahrgajg) which unfortunately had to be shut down in 2015 because the rust prevention of the first 9-5 was not yet optimal. As a replacement, we were then able to import a 9-3X from Germany to Switzerland.
    Alternative to these Saab's? I have to think for a long time; hopefully the question will never have to be asked. Maybe Alfa? Jaguar? Hardly an EV; at most a plug in hybrid; at most hydrogen, if the technology is affordable. But for the first time keep the Saabs as long as possible….

  • Thank you for the compliment.

    Regarding TTiD and the E85, one could add that the CO2 balance of diesel would be even better with bio-diesel. We've had it before and unfortunately it shares the fate of E85 in D ...

    Kära Hälsningar

  • That doesn't sound too bad at all, I have to admit ...

    But our cottage had no Schukodose outside. Also, I already had remote cottages without electricity. This is incredibly comfortable and relaxing. Their ecological footprint should also be sensationally small and flat.

    The photovoltaic on the garage does not deliver at night, the green electricity mix exists only as Ökotarif on the paper and from the can still comes the dt. Electricity mix. Incidentally, the photovoltaic has a CO2 balance and that is by the factor 10 worse than that of wind energy.

    For a coffee in an ecologically “correct” plastic cup, I don't take any breaks on the way home in the dead of night. Motorway rest areas are rarely worth a stay and why do I have the Saab cup holder and a Stanley thermos?

  • My comment “Exactly!” was intended as a direct answer to Herbert Hürsch's.

  • Exactly! Then there is the great German electricity mix you mentioned, consisting of coal-fired power plants, gas, nuclear power, etc. And the rare earths. And that anyway only the people with the very largest CO2 “footprint” can afford a (such a huge) Tesla and an EV for their oh-so-pure environmental conscience: namely the homeowners. As residents of an apartment building without a garage (with the much better footprint, i.e. much lower emissions per nose), the vast majority of the population has no way of charging and owning an EV anyway. And the wear and tear of the batteries, the energy consumption during production, etc. (with the Tesla better than with the other manufacturers because of the desert solar energy) tarnishes the balance considerably!

    As Tom wrote so beautifully on the blog: The most environmentally friendly car is one that has already been produced! In this sense, I drive my 2011 Saabs with a clear conscience: the E85 convertible, which would hardly emit fossil CO2 if the crazy - and only oriented towards the automobile lobby and the current, factual argument-resistant hysteria - had not abolished the E85 German policy. And the 160 TTiD SportCombi, which consumes very little and has a much better CO2 balance than diesel anyway.

    I would be in favor of a fundamentally new and free, purpose-oriented rethinking. As you suggested, electrical energy could very well be used as immobile, i.e. for heating our houses. There are no memory problems there. In addition, solar panels on all roofs (even the large Art Nouveau apartment buildings all have huge roofs that cannot be seen from the street), use volcanic rock as storage (is currently being tested in HH). Reintroduce the E85 for mobile energy needs, use agricultural and forest waste on a large scale, as in France retrofit gasoline engines for 1000 euros, keep driving old combustion engines instead of scrapping intact cars at the expense of the climate and building millions of new ones , and increasingly rely on hybrid in addition to EV for new vehicles!

    PS Nice to have you back! I missed your comments - and I envy you your trip to Sweden! Unfortunately, I haven't made it this year.

  • In the 4 years I was traveling from Nordkapp to southern Germany. On the way, the loading works smoothly on the supercharger network, you have to plan anyway from time to time a stop to eat or for a coffee. At the house can be loaded with a reduced line to Schuko, home is a box in the garage and in the carport. Zero time to connect / disconnect, charging happens automatically at night, when otherwise little power is needed. No German electricity mix is ​​loaded, but electricity from water / wind power. By the way, half the roof of the garage with photovoltaic power supplies power for loose 10-15.000km per year.


    I'm just from Sweden. I saw a lot of Tesla there. But hardly any charging stations and certainly not at the holiday homes. I could not have made my trip with an EV. For that reason alone, no EV comes so quickly into my house, because the holiday in BioPower was fantastic.

    I drove the 2.400 Km on site with E85 and emitted less fossil CO2 per kilometer than a Tesla in the German power mix. The drive home was relaxed and speedy and yet I was only at home at 3 in the morning. A charge on the road is a horror performance for me.

    The infrastructure for this I saw during a short pause break on the brand new rest area Deminer Land at the A20. There were a transformer house, several huge control cabinets and 5 unused charging stations. I, too, was grateful I did not need them, left them on the left and just went home.

    During the relaxed drive on empty roads I pondered on how many charging stations, transformers and control cabinets it would need everywhere in addition to supply and power generation (at home, at the cottage and on the road), to allow an EV the same mobility, for burners without loading times and longer compulsory breaks are so completely natural.

    The space required, the effort and the use of resources for an electromobile infra- and charging structure are also part of the overall balance sheet and the environmental and mobility debate. A few gas stations here and there are measured against a fly and the 200Wh / Km are unfortunately only half the truth.

    The ecological zero tariff provide certainly not burners - and be it with biofuel.
    But certainly not EVs either. So much honesty has to be ...

  • After more than 2 decades with Saab 9000 (2.0 Turbo and Aero) 2015 replaced the Aero as an everyday car for me (even if it is still logged out in the garage). I drove Saab because it was eco-friendly, safe cars. In addition, in the case of the 9000 Turbos still powerful, spacious and practical. In the summer 2013 I had the opportunity to test drive a Model S. From then on, it was actually clear what the replacement would have to look like, which embodies exactly the values ​​that once stood for Saab. At the end of 2014 the four wheel drive models were presented and since June 2015 I drive one as S85D. Today I would probably buy a model 3 (unfortunately without the practical hatchback). Over 4 years and well 75.000 km drove the model S with approx. 200Wh / km, thus from the energy content with 2l gasoline / 100km. Despite more than 2t and the good double performance compared to the 9000 Aero. Regardless of the brand, a gas burner would not come to my house.

  • Kia E-Niro

  • Where does the described 9-5 2.2 TiD come from? (there aren't that many anymore)
    In my opinion, this engine is the most durable unit in the 9-5. If the trappings are right, then he always goes on lively, very solid and relaxed. Even quite easy with 30.000km a year - what should happen to the engine? 😉

  • LEXUS ?? Addendum !! I've been driving Saab for about 30 years (´´900 8-valve 145 PS´´ 900 Tu 16s Coupe´´ 9000 CD 2.3´´ 900 II 2.0 Tu Coupe´´ 9-5 I 2.3 Ecopower´´) and currently for approx. 6 1/2 years ago a 9-5 Aero 2.3 Tu Sport-Kombi with 306.000 km “// You can see from this list how difficult it would be for me to switch to another brand! But until then it will probably be a few more years! Next up is the 9-5 NG ... on the wish list in the Saab vehicle list.

  • Jaguar's top end attitude, stops many pre-SAAB drivers considering them
    Also, where is that driveablility, that does not require a massive V8 ……….

  • 30 years I drive only Saab and I hope it stays like that for a while. Currently I am expanding my fleet to distribute the Km on as many Saabs as possible. Currently a 9-5 NG 2.0 Turbo, in summer the 902 Turbo Convertible, a second convertible for my wife is in the works. Next spring, the 9000 CC 2.3 Turbo is finally ready and comes back on the road. So I hope to continue driving the Saab Feeling for the next few years.

  • It makes me crazy every time I see people torturing themselves to work and sending their money to China. Volvo would never come as an alternative for me, something I would not even touch if it would be given to me and put on the doorstep, with a monthly bonus of 1000 € a month on top.
    Subaru is very personable, Mazda has already been recognized, PSA also does a lot of things well and beautiful. Otherwise, I would try to escape the loss of value with a chic and everyday classic car ... such as a C107 from the Imperial Starfleet, the R129, which is currently in the all-time low, or at Saab with a 99 or our all favorite 900.

  • My Saab story started in 2006 when I treated my first vehicle (Saab 9-3 Sedan, 1.8t, 2004).
    There followed many trips and was always reliable.
    - After the wedding in 2015 there was a BMW X5 (E70, 2012) addition.
    We still ride that today, but my heart and joy have always been the Saab.

    - In 2017 I bought an additional Saab 1.9 ttid (2008 because I'm curious about the technology and 180DieselPS).
    Vehicle runs very well, but is more of a tractor compared to the gasoline engine ...

    - At the beginning of July 2019 I parted with my carefree 1.8t Saab with a heavy heart with 260km.
    Why? because we do not need 3 cars.

    - Today: my heart is crying, I miss the gasoline engine!
    BMW stays (for the sake of the woman), the 1.9ttid station wagon is sold, but a Saab 2.0t convertible will follow from 2008 ... sometime in the next 8 months!

    Which vehicle will I personally move for the next 10 years?
    Of course it will be a Saab ... whatever, the main thing is a gasoline engine.
    Why? Every other car (and I've tried many brands, including business) does not make me happy, even if it seems more modern or advanced.



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