2009 Saab 95 | new car review
Saab introduced the 9-5 way back in 1997, and underneath the more modern trimming, the 2009 model is essentially the same executive car. At the time, it was considered a big jump in quality from the Saab 9000 that it replaced, but technology has moved on a great deal in 12 years and the 9-5’s underpinnings now verge on the antique. However, as with most Saabs it remains a good-looking machine, noted for its smooth ride and comfort. Visually, it shares a great deal with the 9-3, although it’s larger. The same is true of both exterior and interior, with the dash aping the cockpit instruments of an aeroplane, reflecting the Swedish manufacturer’s aviation heritage. The front-wheel drive saloon is available in three trim levels, with a choice of three engines. The entry-level powerplant is a 2.0-litre turbocharged unit developing 150bhp, while two 2.3-litre engines are also available. The first, badged as the 2.3t, makes 185bhp and the other, the 2.3 Turbo, puts out 260.
The higher-powered unit is only available on the top-spec Aero version of the car, while the other engines are only to be found in the Linear and Vector models. All models come with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard, although automatic transmissions are also available. The Linear comes as standard with 16-inch steel wheels, although 16 and 17-inch alloys are options. Fabric seats are standard, with leather an option, while cowhide adorns the steering wheel and gearknob. The wheel has controls for the stereo on it as standard. Comfort features include electric windows, automatic climate control with a cooled glove box and a cup holder, while the rear seats fold down and feature a ski hatch for long items.
A comfort package, which includes rear cup holders, floor mats, a front armrest with storage space in it and double sunvisors, is available as an option. Such features are standard on the rest of the range. The Vector trim adds 17-inch alloys and front fog lights, with the option of specifying tuned sports suspension. It also comes with half-leather seats, dark-steel effect trim inside and a sports steering wheel and gearshift. Cruise control is standard. The Aero comes with top-level 17-inch alloys and a bodykit with a sports exhaust. The sports chassis is included as standard, as are leather sports seats exclusive to the Aero. It gets its own design of steering wheel and gearshifter, and a dark-metal effect interior trim, as well as an automatic tyre pressure monitoring system.
Like the 9-3, the 9-5 is old, but smooth and comfortable. Its very limited appearance in the region should tell you something about how it fares against the competition – it’s by no means a bad car, but it’s well overdue a replacement. Specification
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Price Range (AED) 165,000