Like many before it, this review serves as a pretty decent appetite-whetter for those that are hunting around in this market. Some of the quotable sections of the review:
While many baby boomers recoil at the thought of spending time in a wagon—visions of their parents’ fake wood-clad behemoths of the ’60s and ’70s forever seared into their brains—these Euro versions barely resemble what we remember wagons looking and acting like…….
…..Saab designers succeeded in giving the car a sporty look, due in part to a steeply raked windshield, short overhangs, small windows behind the C-pillars, and no roof rails. A lowered suspension adds to the aggressive look. The aluminum tailgate with integrated spoiler is also steep-ly raked, lowering the car’s roofline……
…..we can say at speeds greater than would be legal on U.S. freeways, the car felt stable and fast…….
…..GM has been cranking out great engines lately, from the 2.0-liter Ecotec found in the Cobalt to the 6.0-liter V8 in the new Vette, and this Saab motor joins that list……
…..Another plus: There is nary a wiggle of torque steer……
…..Wagons might never replace minivans and SUVs in American garages, but they can be a lot more fun to drive. Especially with 250 hp.
As an interesting aside, Autoweek also have the story of Rolf Jensen, a Saabnut for years, who got to live out what is a dream for many of us by visiting the Saab Festival back in June.
This ain’t Rolf’s car, but it’s from the Festival, so it’ll do….
Picture from Roger Hart – Autoweek.