The all-new Saab 9-5 is smooth, quiet, comfortable and very well built. It's different enough to stand out, but generally understated in exterior design. It's the roomiest Saab sedan ever, with the most high-tech features. The four-cylinder, front-wheel-drive 9-5 Turbo4 is adequately powered, more than competent in every aspect of its dynamic performance, and surprisingly fuel efficient. The V6 all-wheel-drive 9-5 Turbo6 and Aero models are more exciting. In objective terms, the 9-5 is arguably the best, most advanced Saab yet. Saab loyalists should rush for a look at this car.
NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent J.P. Vettraino reported from Detroit.
Model Line Overview
Saab 9-5 Turbo4 sedan ($38,525); Turbo4 Premium ($43,435); Turbo6 XWD ($48,030); Aero XWD ($49,565)
220-hp 2.0-liter inline 4; 300-hp 2.8-liter V6
6-speed manual; 6-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):
front-impact airbags, front passenger side-impact airbags, rear passenger side-impact airbags, curtain-style head protection airbags for all outboard seats, active front headrests, roll-over sensor, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control with traction control, OnStar automatic crash response, tire-pressure monitor
Safety equipment (optional):
bi-xenon active headlights, park sensing sonar, lane departure warning; all-wheel drive
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Saab 9-5 Aero XWD ($49,565)
leather-trimmed, heated power front seats with driver memory, dark titanium metal trim, AM-FM stereo with nine speakers, single CD, XM satellite radio receiver, USB port and Bluetooth device connection, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote keyless entry with proximity key and push-button start, power windows with one-touch operation, cruise control, tilt-telescope steering wheel with audio and climate controls, auto-dimming rearview mirror, universal garage-door transceiver, cooled glovebox, three 12-volt power points, aluminum pedals, folding rear seat with trunk pass-through, panoramic sunroof, power-folding outside mirrors with auto-dimming, bi-xenon active headlights with washers, fog lights, automatically variable suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSRP):
navigation system with eight-inch screen, voice command and 10-gigabyte storage drive ($2,395); Technology Package ($1,695) includes head-up display, advanced park assist and lane departure warning; harman/kardon surround audio with six-disk changer ($995); 19-inch alloy wheels with summer performance tires ($750)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
2.8-liter dohc 24v turbocharged V6 with variable valve timing
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
300 @ 5500
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
295 @ 2000
6-speed automatic with sequential manual shift feature
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
18.2 cu. ft.
independent, with struts and anti-roll bar
independent, H-arm with coil springs and anti-roll bar
vented disc/vented disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of November 01, 2010.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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