Where are the alternatives to Saab?

Saab drivers are very loyal to their brand. Of course, more than 8 years without new cars leave their mark. More and more often the Saab becomes a second car and a hobby. The question arises as to which brands Saab drivers change 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.

From conversations with former Saab drivers no trend can be deduced. They 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, another another has a long-cherished dream with an 911.

Besides, there are the returnees. After a longer Saab break, it goes on, and it pulls again a vehicle with the griffin in the domestic carport. Especially because it fits in with life now. Because you changed your job, got a company car, or because you retired.

Our survey is a bit more extensive for the first time. Because even visitors read the blog that have nothing to do with Saab, or are only now interested in the brand. We want to get to know the readers even better in order to be able to better classify their automobile 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. Here young and older fans, academics, pensioners, freelancers, students gather. Some drive Saab out of deep conviction, and they drive only Saab. The others drive their Saab only in fine weather, often with seasonal approval. For another group, Saab is already a thing of the past, but the connection to 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 be forgotten on this subject, the Swedish state at that time had a certain "political-financial" influence on industry; not to be compared with the past diesel scandal! As well as the generation at that time had other needs, since the market was generally still small compared to today's conditions and the vehicle market was still different from country to country. The vehicle was still treated as a luxury item, 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 to “car sharing”. The demands are probably higher, but less and less intensely differentiable, so that it is used and used as a disregarded fashion consumable, as long as it works or even mrs. And mr. As a result, a vehicle is less and less viewed as valuable property.

    Interesting statement in my family who have been driving Saab since 50 years, and since I drove Saab since 40 years, including while the 80ern was allowed to work with Saab for a few years, the relation to the old Saab's intensely strong, even if today little talked about it but only with great effort we take leave of our Saab's, if it must be. Also with difficulty we let ourselves be influenced as an alternative by a new product or even persuade. This was already noticeable when the 902 / 9.3 + 9.5 models were introduced, which already changed the Saab passion fundamentally. The only interesting topic in the last 15 years was the introduction of E85 engines, which led us to look for a more modern Saab. But these BP versions are politically no longer a future either, since nothing has been promoted recently, or even the speech is the E85 offer to reduce!

    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-distance vehicle and will 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 did not participate in the survey, could not attend ...

    The search for alternative new cars was unsuccessful a few years ago and I came to the conclusion that I would rather contest my automotive future with my inventory, other SAABs and “used” vehicles 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.


    9000ers are already preserved in the Saab Car Museum in THN and will remain 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 a little speedometer 460.000 km and is driven further. I would do the same with an 9000. The road (prefers long stretches) is its natural habitat. So drive, be happy and enjoy others. No scruples ...

  • very interesting to see the many different opinions and solutions

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

    The whole bread and butter nonsense of the late stages and the dilution of this great German brand, which is fortunately barely mentioned, have nothing more to do with real Saab ...

    So I do not quite understand the enthusiasm - and certainly not the connection with Saab - for Asian bread and butter cars (regardless of their excellent everyday value) and for the still so-called premium models (basically so deadly boring, overpriced longweiler cars ) of a big 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 fulfilled. 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 essentially limit it here 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 is coming again ...

    Otherwise: Saab's are still fully suitable for everyday use, so continue with the 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 are on the street, also special. It does not matter if it's 20t, but it's a sacrilege not to move great cars! Aslo, go for it!

  • Here also my Saab story: It started 2000 with a green stalked 9-3er I then 2004 for a 9-3 1.8t convertible exchanged (ebeialls with deer tuning - in lime-yellow). I drive this wonderful car today. In addition came from my wife of 2009 to an 9-5er Aero (99er Jahrgajg) of the unfortunately 2015 had to be shut down, 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; I hope the question will never have to be asked. Maybe Alfa? Jaguar? Hardly an EV; at most one plug in hybrid; if necessary, hydrogen, if then the technology is affordable. But for the first time to keep the Saabs as long as possible ....

  • Thank you for the compliment.

    For the TTiD and the topic E85 one could add that the CO2 balance of the diesel with bio diesel would be even better. We had that before and he unfortunately shares the fate of E85 in D ...

    Kära Hälsningar

  • That does not sound so bad, 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 at night. Motorway rest areas are rarely worth a stay and why do I have the Saab cup holder and a Stanley thermos flask?

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

  • Exactly! Add to that the great German electricity mix of coal-fired power plants, gas, nuclear power, etc. that you mentioned, and the rare earths. And that anyway only the people with the largest CO2 “footprint” can afford such a (huge) Tesla and an EV for their oh so pure environmental conscience: namely the homeowners. As a resident 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. (at least because of the desert solar energy better with the Tesla than with the other manufacturers) tarnishes the balance considerably!

    As Tom wrote so beautifully on the blog: The most environmentally friendly car is one that has already been produced! With this in mind, I drive my 2011 Saabs with a clear conscience: the E85 convertible that would emit hardly any 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 that you are back! Have missed your comments - and I envy you for your trip to Sweden! Unfortunately I have not made it this year yet.

  • 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.
    EVs certainly not. 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 are not many anymore)
    In my opinion, this engine is the most durable engine in 9-5. If the trappings are right, then he always walks on, very solid and relaxed. Also quite relaxed with 30.000km per year - what should happen to the engine already? 😉

  • LEXUS ?? Addendum !! I've been driving Saab (´´30 900-valve 8 PS´´ 145 Tu 900s Coupe´´ 16 CD 9000´´ 2.3 II 900 Tu Coupe´´ 2.0-9 I 5 Ecopower´´) for about 2.3 years and currently since approx. 6 1/2 years 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 there will probably be a few more years to come! 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
    So, 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 makes a lot of things good and beautiful. Otherwise I would try to escape the loss of value with a chic and everyday classic ... like the Imperial Starfleet a C107, the R129 currently diving at all-time low or at Saab with a 99 or with all of our darlings 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 2015 wedding 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 curious about the technology and 180DieselPS).
    Vehicle runs very well, but is more of a tractor compared to the petrol engine ...

    - At the beginning of July 2019, with a heavy heart I separated from my carefree 1.8t Saab with 260'000km.
    Why? because we do not need 3 cars.

    - Today: my heart is crying, I miss the petrol engine!
    BMW remains (for the sake of women), the combination 1.9ttid is sold, but it follows a Saab convertible 2.0t 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 ... whichever, the main thing is a petrol 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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