2006 9-7x review

I wrote earlier today that I think Saab are on a winner with the 9-7x. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but for those that are in the market for this type of vehicle, it seems that Saab have given you every reason to stay with the brand.

The Auto Channel have a useful review of the 9-7x appearing in it’s Arc designation. It’s the 2006 model too, which should hopefully be reaching NA showrooms sooner rather than later.

Here’s a few snippets. We’ll start with the usual bit about the Saab/Chevy/key in the middle thing.

Talk about vehicles with split personalities. The Saab 9-7X says “Saab” all over it, yet it’s a brother to the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, Buick Rainier, and GMC Envoy. It even has a GM 5.3-liter V8 under the hood, and that’s about twice as many cylinders as you usually find in a Saab.

Just when you begin to think it’s an American car (okay, it is built in the U.S.), you look for the ignition switch and, there it is, right in the middle of the transmission hump, just where any normal Saab should have it. Of course, the 9-7X does have traditional Saab styling cues so you won’t mistake it for a Chevy; trapezoidal grille up front with rectangular headlamp covers shielding projector headlamps, for two.

They even go on to mention the Saab research that showed that X% of people that left the brand……

Then we hit the road….

I had the opportunity to drive the 9-7X home from a GM introduction in upstate New York. With the trip scheduled, I put more than 120 miles on the vehicle, mostly on Interstates. But there was one section on the Blue Mountain Parkway that showed how the Saab could handle winding (and rough) roads. I thought the car had a solid platform. There were no rattles or unnecessary noises…..

….. Under the hood is GM’s new 5.3-literV8, pumping out 300 horsepower. You can also get the 9-7X with a DOHC inline six that delivers 290 hp, but the $2,000 difference in price justifies the larger V8.

Then on to practicalities….

Back on the home front, we used the 9-7X for a variety of jobs, including taking brush and leaves to the local compost site. The rear cargo area was large enough for all our leaf bags and would have been equally roomy had we chosen to put a few golf bags back there – or luggage, or goodies to take to the children or grandchildren. Saab lists the cargo volume as 80.1 cubic feet with the rear seats down. With them up, cargo volume is decreased, but even my wife would be hard-pressed to fill it up.

His wife must be either very small or quite unimaginitive.

It’s a good review of what everyone’s saying is a very good vehicle for the class. Here’s hoping that GM can ramp up production a little more. There’s only been around 1600 9-7x’s sold so far, with most of the problem being due to lack of supply.

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