The Peugeot 605 competes against a Saab for the second time. In this video, his opponent is the then new Saab 2-9 in SE equipment. The Peugeot had been on the market for a long time at the time, but is now freshly revised. The first Test he hadn't survived quite so well against the Saab 9000. But the French followed up and eliminated the greatest weakness. There is now a 2 liter turbo engine under the hood.
France versus Sweden
A new edition of the old duel France against Sweden. Who tests? It is the SWF Rasthaus Redaktion, the oldest German car magazine. There is something historical in the comparison, the program was available from 1961 with interruptions and under other names into the current millennium. Can the 605, which has been in production since 1989, stand up to the brand new Saab? The Saab is much more expensive, there are several DM 1.000,00 between the opponents. He comes up with innovative ideas such as the active headrest. It is very well made, well equipped. However, anyone who has expected the Swedes to march through will be disappointed.
The Peugeot flagship may be of older origin. But it has been cared for and refined and is still up to date. Its biggest shortcoming, the outdated drive technology, has now been eliminated. The 2 liter engines from Peugeot and Saab are both turbo-charged and their performance is comparable. A draw? Not really. The surprise comes, because the 605 depends on the 9-5 in terms of performance, and the Frenchman also scores clearly when it comes to fuel consumption. What happened? Has Trollhättan lost its lead? Because it was the modern engine technology that ultimately brought Saab forward in other tests and ensured economy, coupled with appealing driving performance.
A duel between the generations
The comparison is a duel between the generations. The large Peugeot is a product from the 80s. Large - but also light. The Saab, on the other hand, fits into the 90s generation. It is safer than a 9000 or even the 605, but it buys that with an added weight. In plain language: A 9-5 weighs 240 kg, almost 5 hundredweight, more than the Peugeot. This makes it clear why the Swedish sedan doesn't stand a chance in terms of fuel consumption and mileage.
Both opponents did well in the final test on the Opel test field. The Swede has the better-tuned suspension, but the Peugeot stays close to it. In the end, the Saab wins in the rating of the SWF Rasthaus editorial team - despite its proud price. She thinks the Peugeot is boring again and is not alone with her opinion. The test is ultimately fair, and that it runs out for the Saab, too. Because the topic of security is really a domain of the 9-5.