Sep 14 2009 Peter Hayward
Sleek Saab points to bright future
WITH its up-coming sale to a new owner and the launch of a new 9-5, Saab looks set for a brighter future after having been a little neglected while in the care of GM.
The sleek new 9-5 has been a while getting here, but it promises all the excellent qualities of the Vauxhall Insignia, on which it has been loosely based.
The sleek new shape is unmistakably Saab and the company claims all the latest technologies are under that skin.
These include a head-up information display, where the main information is reflected on the inside of the windscreen close to the driver's view, adaptive cruise control, electronic damper control from the driver's seat and keyless entry and starting.
All models will have dual zone climate control, dynamic parking assistance and some have four wheel drive
All engines will be turbocharged and bioethanol power will be available as well as petrol and diesel, with emissions down to a best of 139g/km.
Petrol power comes from two and 2.8 litre units and diesels are the same size.
Inside all is driver-focussed, with more space all round and class-leading rear legroom. Options include a top quality stereo system and an eight inch screen sat nav, and there will be connections for every conceivable type of input for music.
Saab 9-5 2.0 diesel
Price: About £21,000.
Mechanical: 160bhp, 1956cc, 4 cyl turbodiesel engine driving front wheels via 6 speed manual gearbox
Max speed: 130+mph
0-62mph: about 9 seconds.
Combined mpg: 50+
Insurance group: 13
CO2 emissions: 139g/km
BIK rating: 15 per cent
Warranty: 3 yrs, 60,000 miles, 6 yrs anti-rust, 3 yrs breakdown.
Marks: Looks like 9/10 at least.
Main Rival: BMW 5-series.