New Saab 9-5 (almost) ready to roll

Saab 9-5

Saab 9-5

The new Saab 9-5 has been a long time coming. In fact, we weren’t sure we’d ever have the chance to get behind the wheel such was the stickiness of the Swedish manufacturer’s financial wicket.

So it’s great to see Saab’s chief test driver, Peter Johansson and his team of chassis experts are putting the final touches to the way the 9-5 drives. But don’t just think that all they have to do is play around in the snow of Sweden or pound the Nurburgring for hours on end. Oh no.

The purpose of the half-million kilometres of testing that have been undertaken hasn’t been to find the ‘sweet spot’ once – with a whole range of engines, two types of suspension, automatic and manual transmission, front- and four-wheel drive, not to mention the various wheel and tyre combinations to take into consideration, every permutation has to be fine-tuned.

We’ll have to wait until later in the year to find out if Peter and his team have managed to inject the car with the requisite ‘Saab-ness’, something that has been missing from its products for far too long.

By Owen Ready

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4 responses to “New Saab 9-5 (almost) ready to roll

  1. WOW!!I really like the front lower facia and rims.sweet looking ride.I can’t wait to test drive it.

  2. I think that’s a great car which will be most useful in countries where snow dominates!

  3. alan jones

    I previously owned a smart passion,700cc 6 speed petrol, it was superb, 55-60 mpg around town, 70mpg on the motorway, with just 24k miles on the clock I was convinced by Mercedes staff that the new model was superior on fuel consumtion ,so march 08 I bought the new 1litre 5 speed smart passion. It was rubbish on fuel, it was supposed to do 60.1mpg combined journey, I was getting 40mpg,I was told by various Mercedes managers that the car would improve after 2K miles, 5K miles and 10K miles, at 20K miles it was doing the same as the day we bought it, despite being regularly serviced. So 2 weeks ago I bought a Smart Passion Diesel( £10,190) it is supposed to do 85mpg, well on my first tankful it is doing 54mpg, 31mpg short, this amounts to 210 miles per tankful less than Mercedes claim. How can these car companies get away with making unrealistic claims about fuel consumption, duping the customer into buying a car with such ridiculous claims. I have recently read an article by the Daily Telegraph and they were getting 54mpg out of the car they tested. If the figures come from testing a vehicle on a rolling road then this method should be stopped, a proper test with realistic figures should be conducted in order to give customers a more accurate set of figures in order to make a decision on which car they buy.

  4. Beautiful stuff. Can’t wait to get behind the wheel!

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