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?"

  • Great written Uli! I see the same with the new cars.
    And that with the Panhard is already a real treat. Such a PL17 I would record immediately! By the way, the PL17 won 1961 the Rally Monte Carlo, even before the Saab!)

  • I would find it hard to drive so many kilometers now, if the car has been moved only 21 000km so far, the car would rather pick up for special rides, Especially considering that there are only so few 9000er, he gets through the new condition even more exclusive. If possible, get a cheap diesel Saab and drive the kilometer with this. Diesel Saabs are also fun.

  • Hello, everyday Saab 9-3 || , 1,8 gasoline combi 2005. Super reliable worker. TOI Toi Toi !
    With seasonal license. Saab 9-3 || , 2.8 Turbo, Kombi Aero, Hirsch Kombi 2005. Sometimes workers, but mostly pure fun! Also toi, toi, toi!

  • Good idea! I would also do it like this: Drive a lot and enjoy, but maybe not in the “too salty” months.

  • Also from my side a contribution to my previous “Saab career”:

    - Uninterrupted Saab since 1980 until today: 2 x Saab 96, 3 x Saab 900 I (GLi and i, each> 550.000 km)

    - once a "third-party product" (next to one of the three 900s at that time): Citroen Xantia (signed off with 490.000 km, extremely reliable if the timing belt is changed regularly and the green hydraulic fluid is changed every two years)

    - Currently: 2 x Saab 9-5 I: station wagon with 335.000 km (season registration) / 4-door with 230.000 km / 900 I convertible, built in 90 with 23.000 km / Saab 96, built in 1979, 69.000 km

    New vehicles are out of the question for me (aggressive, boring unit styling, especially the German ABM cars, too many annoying bullshit and assistance systems, etc.).

    Used vehicles: besides Saab only Lancia (Thesis), Citroen (C5 / C6) or - very far back in the past - Panhard PL 17/24.


  • Moin, Hans!
    Thank you and in anticipation ...
    VG from Northern Germany!

  • Have saab discovered only last year for me and decided that will not be the last, even if the 9-5 2.2tid sc of 2002 I have not been treated very carefully by the previous owner and I still have a new bmw in the garage.
    I have never been so comfortable and relaxed in a car as in the saab. I'll probably get a 9-5 NG and a 9-3 convertible at some point. The only problem is my 30tkm I drive in the year and I'm curious how long the 9-5 still holds out.

  • Hello Helmut
    Moving the 9000 with the extremely low mileage in everyday life is in view of the position of the 9000 in the community (although it is highly valued as a “workhorse”, but is unfortunately never as loved as a 901) plus the extreme rarity of a 9000 with such low mileage a sacrilege! Of course, a SAAB belongs on the road ... even the 20 km per year are not a real problem.
    Approach: Why not use the 9000 as an everyday car in the salt-free months? And leave the winter months to the 9-5 NG? The life expectancy of the 9000 would be stretched almost infinitely with this approach ...
    By the way, I'm a huge 9000 fan and have been driving the model for 17 years.
    Keep Saabing

  • I now drive my 9-5 Aero sports suit on season plates .. and am now on an Opel Ampera 2012 landed as an everyday vehicle. And I have to admit, the Ampera convinces all along the line!

  • Almost three years ago I bought a 2001er 9-5 combi 2,3 liter for my everyday 2007er 9-3 diesel combi diesel so that I could enjoy Saab driving for as long as possible. The diesel should be spared, but by the diesel debate, the diesel is now driven in everyday life. He is also used to pull horse trailer.
    The only alternative to my Saabs I see only a third Saab to buy.
    @ Tom, I would love to find the Saab with the highest mileage.

  • I fully agree - among the current manufacturers, Mazda seems to me to be the car brand that is most likely to go its own way, has character, and seems sincere. For me, Volvo is too detached from the actual virtues, Subaru is too arbitrary for me, viewed deeper, Jaguar has also become inauthentic in my opinion ... there is not much left in smaller brands.
    In addition to all the SAAB I drive a reasonably reliable Opel Omega B Caravan, which pleases me with his simple mind and very relaxed.

  • We are currently only Saabs in use and hopefully will remain so for a long time, we still want a convertible and a 9-5NG. The numerous reports here could also be an 9000 in question.

    What I think of the alternatives to Saab say I say so, I guess the car Saab but also the whole thing around, the greetings fans (unfortunately not everyone greets), the meetings, the Saabblog and the special in the Saab workshops, all this is you probably find in hardly any other brand. Anyone who decided on a Saab then and now has also bought something very individual and rare. It has something on a large parking lot or even in the district to be the only one who has this model.

    If I had to choose an alternative, I would resort to something again, which is not that often. I think VAG cars are not bad, some of them are also pretty, like an Arteon or very practical Superb or Kodiaq, but still boring and can be seen on almost every street corner.
    I also like the French, Talisman and 508 are beautiful cars, but with the 508 I could never get used to this strange cockpit when coming from Saab.
    Japanese cars are all very good, as there would be a lot I would like, because there are Lexus, Infiniti and Subaru with which I could make friends.
    Alfa and Jaguar would still be an option
    Tesla would be a bit difficult, because I would like to invite home. But a model S100D I could imagine.
    And last but not least Volvo would be a very interesting alternative.
    And although I'm still one of the younger readers, I too could imagine an SUV, preferably Saab. A smaller 9-4X with everything that makes Saab would be a dream.

  • Yes, difficult. Lovers Saab I have three, even the then 2005 newly purchased 9-3 SC may sunbathe for a long time already in the status.

    When the 2008 Saab 9-3 SC business car went out of lease there were no new ones. Successor was then a Volvo V60, then (by employer change) a BMW 3er GT, after switching back a Volvo XC60. Then a Land Rover Discovery Sport, now a Subaru XV is coming soon (after the kids are out of the house, which is smaller).

    Seems like nothing has excited me permanently since Saab no longer exists ... ...

    And somehow breaks the survey format 😉

  • I had a Saab sports suit in noctunblau 1.9TTiD Vector equipment and much more than company car BJ 2009.

    Unfortunately, the upcoming change 3 years later Saab was no longer there and I had to look for the long-planned trip to Nordkapp an alternative. Since the selection is limited to German brands and daughters, it was an A4 Allroad station wagon. The Nordkap he has done and except for the various software commands he drove quite well, but the consumption was much higher (according to list identical to the Saab) and the car had no soul.

    Then came the diesel scandal (the Audi EA189 engine fully affected) so it should be something else. Unfortunately, the selection of German brands is quite limited; none is innovative in the drive concept. So it is, a Skoda RS sports combi has become 180hp diesel and manual transmission. I also know a car from the fraud company, but Skoda is a very old brand and I have known it since childhood and has an S at the beginning of the name 🙂 I am very satisfied, the car fits like a glove (like my Saab) and creates a grin to conjure up my face (like my Saab). Unfortunately Skoda is complete. depending on VW and so the successor models have become worse (voice control, optics, etc.). Since the WLTP test, VW has also prevented the Skoda from being able to supply various hand switches and petrol engines. So I have to see what the alternative will be.

    Volvo is since the sale by Ford, unfortunately, no German mark more, hand switch and about 180PS performance is now looking like the needle in a haystack and independently is anyway nothing in the German mainstream.

    Very interesting I would find one of the Hyundai models with hybrid or hydrogen drive, because a pure electric vehicle makes no sense on my routes. Above all, his production is not exactly clean, let alone the generation of electricity.

    As long as in Dtl. If coal is used to generate electricity, CO2 emissions will not decrease. Only if you let the power generators sheet metal like GB, but that will probably not work ...

  • 2 SAAB, 1 Volvo
    Actually, I first came to the brand SAAB through Volvo. The Volvo is still in use as an everyday Swede and the SAABs no longer need to fear road salt.
    But at Volvo spare parts and software prices are already partly steep. The repairs at the 900ers were there (so far) always cheaper, if only because the software is completely eliminated 🙂

  • Yes, the Saab Festival was at the origin of the journey. From there then the entire Atlantic route in Norway, incl. A few days Lofoten. Simply gorgeous!
    Report follows.

  • The Volvo affinity of some readers seems very strong if you follow the survey. The Saab - Volvo topic was discussed a few years ago. At that time, we decided against it for good reason.

  • Hello, I'm really looking forward to the report on the “tour of violence” including the Saab Festival in Trollhättan - the visit was part of it, right? (Is there actually a blog report coming? I'm looking forward to it ...) Over 9.000 km in one tour, that sounds really huge! And no wonder that the beautiful convertible goes along without complaint, I've never had anything to complain about mine. Beautiful and extremely reliable!

    Incidentally, I find Norwegian energy policy pretty bigoted: playing a pioneering role as a climate protector, promoting electric cars and demonizing combustion engines - all of this can of course be afforded very well because of the wealth earned with crude oil and natural gas (which is still ongoing)!

  • That's always an exciting question with the alternatives. After my everyday 9-5 was flat, I too was faced with the question. I could have bought one again, but needed a four-wheel drive horse for little money. So SAAB was out and a Hyundai Terracan was in the running. Comfortable, well equipped, pulls away three and a half tons and the best thing: if you drive with the low beam and then switch off the engine and pull out the ignition key ... .. all lights go out, including the parking lights. I'm always happy about that, because it's a little SAAB feeling for me. I think it's a great car and I've never regretted buying it. So the alternatives are enough for me and all the 900s and 9000s are moved alongside.
    On the subject of Volvo: I have not been so keen on Volvo for a long time (and do not need it), but had some time ago the opportunity in a 2 years old V70 diesel ride and can not deny that I was very impressed.
    And I don't find Mazda uninteresting, precisely because they don't follow the mainstream ...

  • Currently 5 Saab, four of them as everyday life, the 96er as Oldie. These are joined by two Lancia (of course, these are no more everyday cars). My partner still has a Suzuki SX4 4WD, a vehicle that impresses with a very good price / performance ratio. It is in our eighth year and there is nothing to mekern!

    I have just returned from my violent tour of the North Cape, totally 9395 km, with the 9-3 convertible built in 2004. The car just went from good to good, everything accepted without complaint and survived absolutely without any problems!

    In Norway and Sweden, the big, new station wagons from Volvo are something of hipp, you can see the V90 enmasse. Are great cars, look good, are also very large (and enormously expensive). In Norway, especially Oslo and Trondheim, tons of Tesla. That's a real prestige car there.

    I will occasionally write a report on my extended Nordland tour and provide the saabblog.

  • Good question. In the past I would have said: Put it away and move moderately. But times change - and so do my opinions. I would register it and drive it regardless of the mileage.

  • Such surveys are always an attempt. Do readers like this form, how far do they go with their answers and are they interested in the subject at all? Also, I still learn to add, after 8 years blog, every day. The topic will find its deepening and perhaps one or the other consequence.

  • It's only a minimal survey, I would have expected more questions, for example why 2 brands are kept ...? In my case, Saab was no longer permitted as a company car; When I bought my first Volvo on business, I said to the Volvo saleswoman: “For a Saab lover, Volvo is the least possible evil” - the lady almost fell off her chair.
    Now I have the 2. Volvo official car (V 40 D 4) and must confess: never before I drove a better diesel.

    Oh yes: Jaguar could have been specified as an alternative brand ...

    So PLEASE: re-evaluate with more in-depth questions, if possible!

  • In addition to my 9-5 NG with now 195.000 km on the beautiful hump (still very attractive, fast and reliable), I drive a 900 convertible 1991 and a 96 V4 1968 (almost completely restored). In the last 14 months I have (unfortunately) sold 4 great Saab, also to keep the peace at home. Now I was offered a 9000 CSE Turbo, almost in the new
    condition, with 21 km. Not exactly cheap, but again cheap because of the unique condition and the opportunity. Now comes my dilemma: putting it away and conserving it is not possible for me, I have to drive such a car regularly and because of the performance and the pleasure I would also use it for business. That would mean about 000 km per year, in addition to the 20.000-9 NG, and to relieve this. Is it now a sacrilege to turn such a collector's item into an everyday car with inevitable signs of use or is it right in terms of the subject and attitude to actively use it?
    What does the blog and the readers value?

  • I had to hand over my Saab (Company Car) from 3 1 / 4 years ago. Unfortunately I have no space and can afford me no second car. At the time I thought a lot and looked. VW Group (Skoda, Seat, VW) are quickly eliminated with me. Bad advice no interest in advice. Mazda (CX-3) and Ford (C-Max) have also failed at the dealership. I'll never forget the young salesman's face, why do not I buy the car? But there's just a bit more to it than talking to the girlfriend on the phone. Finally, I ended up in a Hyundai branch (small cottages). The Tucson had liked the look and look there. Without appointment, of course I can look at the car, test drive, no problem without appointment. That convinced me.

    I cry after my Saab on some points, were just trivial things, but they were really great. But I got used to my Tucson meanwhile. Only occasionally do I think, too bad, my Saab did that more or less alone. But since the workshop plays an important role, I am satisfied. They are almost as good as my Saab workshop in Bad Tölz.

  • Mazda is holding a very exciting course at the moment, as things are developing contrary to the mainstream. The brand is currently very interesting!

  • Hey there!
    I drive my 9-3 II Cabriolet (YOM 2008) daily. It is my only car. Meanwhile, thoughts come up, whether I send him not in partial retirement. 😉 Right now I'm thinking more about a Stromer and I'm looking forward to the IAA and the presentation of the VW ID 3. I do not think I'll buy a gas burner.

    The SAAB remains the pleasure car.

    Greetings from Bad Salzdetfurth

  • My story about the Saab driver is a long love that I was not allowed to live out for professional reasons. At the beginning of the 1980s, I was a highflyer at Daimler-Benz. Of course it was not exactly opportune, if not frowned upon, to drive something other than the then really good cars with the star. And I had it as a business vehicle in all variants and shades. And my girlfriend and today's wife drove him in the shape of our private 190 D 2.5.

    After reorienting myself in the middle of the 1990 years and hiring DAF Trucks for the parent company Paccar, my personal car world became more spacious. And again it was not a Saab but a VW Passat, followed by another such. Saab never let me go anyway. And as in my days at the Daimler, where I spent many happy moments at the Geneva Motor Show on the Saab stand, I turned my head every time a Saab convertible came along again.

    After many automobile turmoil, then turned the tide for good two years ago and I have a Saab 9-3 convertible model year 2002 indulged. He came from a clearance sale of a garage in Winterthur. They had to quickly get rid of many cars, because the landlord had terminated their premises and the new garage and parking space was only half that size. I had bought a car with a large maintenance jam, as it turned out later. Gradually, the garage Buser in Augst fixed all things that had to be fixed and I organized the overhaul of the steering gear at the specialist improved.ch itself, which I can only recommend, because a new Max Buser could not raise more.

    I also drive my Saab professionally and he makes my job much easier, because when people see me rolling in, he always puts a smile on their face. And if any of you in the railway industry should work, then he knows what that means.

    My oldest son, who took over the company a few years ago, is not very fond of the Saab. So he has as a reserve and to pull the trailer, which we regularly need a Hyundai Santa Fé with 2.2 liter diesel engine purchased. With that, I also drive from time to time. I had also regularly drove a Hyundai i30 diesel in front of the Saab. Without envy I can say that today Hyundai is the car brand, which was Mercedes-Benz to the W123 and W126 times and partly to the W124 times.

    At some point, my Saab convertible gets company from an 9000er. I know that all of a sudden I'm going to get in the right car. And if I retire at the end of the year, this will probably be the case. The Saab gods will be gracious to me and I will continue to drive only Saab.

  • Any vehicle can be an alternative to Saab. You just have to get involved and not think dogmatically. Ultimately, a Saab is “just” a pile of sheet metal with wheels on it. A Saab can do certain things better than others, but others can do certain things better than Saab. I don't drive my Saabs because it says Saab on the front and back, but because I like them. If I stood by my 901 Volvo or Peugeot, I wouldn't care either.

  • All right - that was my mistake! Thanks for the information! 🙂

  • The last time I looked at Mazda was. Sometimes technically different ways, a little different from the others, some quirky decisions - a touch of Trollhättan ...

  • I am still driving Saab. My 9-5 Aero from 2004 is the perfect travel machine! Last year I did about 8000 km in my parental leave, especially on vacation and before that I did almost 3500 km the week before! (all with lpg 🙂) The car is only driven once every two weeks. I only ride my bike in the city.
    For me, the only alternative is Subaru. Too bad it did not make it on the list.

  • I drive SAAB 93 convertible and it will stay that way. However, I bought a Lexus as a company car. The design language I find not aggressive but failed and the hybrid drives wonderfully.

  • At the moment there are 4 SAABs, 3 of my own and my beauties. No matter which car I sit in, from Alfa to Volvo, I don't feel that well in any of them. I can then live well with Opel, Renault or “Whatever” (like before my SAAB fever) and keep my sandwiches alive for as long as possible with the money saved.

  • Volvo is clearly leading at the moment ... A real surprise. I also see the brand as a possible addition, because from a Swedish point of view, what belongs together would grow together.

  • LEXUS ??
    Unfortunately, the brand ´LEXUS´ is missing from your alternative list to Saab! For me personally, the LexusGS 450h is interesting! It is an older model ... I was allowed to test it for 2 days a few years ago. The vehicle fully convinced me ... the specified consumption values ​​are also absolutely realistic. I had a cumulative consumption of 2 liters in the 7,9 days, which is considerable with a vehicle weight of 1850 kilos. However, these vehicles are so popular that it is almost a 6'er in the lottery to get a car in top condition and portable mileage.

    ps: I am less enthusiastic about the current models from Lexus ... this aggressive design is not my thing!
    / keep it up ... there is always something new to discover on the saabblog !!

  • In 39 years 27 Saab driven (company / family). Everything except the sonnet was there.
    Then Volvo XC 60. Great car nothing to moan, heart elsewhere. Now in retirement. Little Japanese
    because mainly short distances. Great car, heart somewhere else. Maybe it will be something again
    with a Saab.

  • Interestingly strong VOLVO faction here. Would not that be an additional topic for the blog and would not Tom at least once for discussion?

  • interesting survey; I / we have 6 Saab`s and drive all. I actually have problems even to imagine an alternative, except such old love to Maserati (everyday use but rather not-the older years of construction);
    I hope at least 1-3 Saab's until ...? to be able to keep alive. I see a big problem with politics, how much longer we can….

  • We only drive Saab, yet. 9.3 Cabrio, 9.5 Kombi, 9.5 NG Unfortunately, the vehicles are getting old despite regular maintenance. Unfortunately, there is no alternative in sight.

  • Volvo XC 60 as an everyday car - Saab 900i Cabrion 2,1 liter EZL May 1991 230.000 km season number 5 - 10 for sunny days

  • With response 2 the naming of up to 2 makes is possible. Shown is the number of votes cast, not the voters. Hence the difference.

  • I would have called Alfa Romeo, but the current product range of AR (no estate, but ugly SUV) and the poor future prospects (in the direction of electric comes from AR nothing), AR probably to a dead end.

  • Interesting idea, such a survey! However, I understood the second question to mean that you only tick something if you are already driving a different brand - in addition to or instead of the Saab. So not what you could theoretically imagine if you had to. As a result, as a convinced driver of two Saabs (nothing else comes into my garage!) I didn't tick anything on the second question. Or have I misunderstood that? Since the voting numbers for the second question are about exactly as high as for the first, but where about 60 percent say they only drive Saab, I have probably misunderstood that ... (??)

  • I have been driving Saab exclusively since 1987 (returning from the USA) (2x9000CD; 3 × 9-5 Hirsch Troll; since 2011 9-3 Aero Hirsch), and in early summer I also do short trips with a 900 L (1978, 60,000 km) and during the summer months a 900 convertible (1991, 160000 km).
    Alternatively, today I could imagine a Tesla Model 3 next to a Jaguar XE.

  • Of course not, even if you could accept it. Little mishap in the form, Volvo is now visible.

  • Jaguar is an individual brand that I consider an alternative….

  • Hello Tom, is it your intention that you did not plan on Volvo as an option?

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