The Saab 9-5 was first seen in 2005; since then its first upgrade only came in 2010. Despite the long wait, the latest Saab sports a look that it should have had a long time ago. At the same time, the design features some of the classic elements of Saab cars.
The Saab 9-5 comes with a wide range of engine choices. You can either have one of the two diesel options or any of the three petrol engines. All of the latest engines sport a better fuel economy than the previous model. There’s the 1.6-litre petrol engine at 176bhp and with 230Nm in pulling power. Expect the sprint from zero to 62mph to happen in 9.5 seconds. For faster performance, there’s the 2.8-litre V6 that packs in 296 bhp and pulls at 400Nm; it can also arrive at 62mph in just 6.9 seconds. The 2.0-litre diesels are available in two power outputs—there are the more powerful 187bhp that has 400Nm pulling power and the lower powered 158bhp that pulls at 350Nm. The former can go from 0 to 62mph after 8.8 seconds. You have the option of either getting an engine with six-speed automatic or manual gearboxes. But the 2.8-litre petrol offers the automatic gearbox as the standard.
If you’re after a motorway cruising experience, then the Saab 9-5 is the vehicle for you. We recommend getting the optional Drive Sense Control for sharper handling by the chassis. The system improves handling via three modes: comfort, sport, and intelligent. We recommend the Intelligent mode so that the car can adapt the suspension according to the drive’s acceleration and braking. The Saab 9-5 also impresses on long journeys.
Being a vehicle meant for long trips, all the seats sport good lumbar support for the back. The sportier models feature seats with side supports, assisting drivers as they turn into sharp corners.
The latest 9-5 features several improvements, such as more rear legroom, a U-shaped track on the boot floor, and more stowage spaces for better luggage distribution at the boot. This adds to the Saab 9-5’s main draw as a vehicle for long road trips.
The Saab 9-5 performs quite well on the road, but isn’t the best machine for high speeds. As previously mentioned, you’ll need the Drive Sense Control for improved handling on the chassis and suspension. Otherwise the vehicle performs well for basic drives around town and while going on motorway speeds.
The Saab 9-5 is a smart choice for those after an affordable yet comfortable cruiser. Looks wise it stands out, being a sure product of Saab. Its equipment and new features also impress and is a smart alternative to the pricier BMW and Audi counterparts. But if you’re after full on luxury, then you’ll have to be ready to invest in the higher-ranking brands. Compared the industry leaders, the Saab is limited in engine performance and luxury equipment. But otherwise you can benefit from the basic and advanced features of the latest Saab 9-5. From the diverse engine range, luxury upholstered seats, to the sleek new design that is disitinctively Saab, you can't go wrong with this long term investment.
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