I’ve received some detailed 9-5 interior pics from one corner of the world and a quick test-drive review from another. I thought I’d match them up and post them here.
Firstly, Olav in Norway took a new 9-5 for a spin the other day. Olav’s particularly qualified to comment on the new wagon as he owns the direct predecessor – a 2005 9-5 SportCombi. It’s the one featured in the most recent Saab O The Week section. He’s planning on writing a more thorough review when time permits, but he did offer the following thoughts:
As mentioned earlier I was trying to get a test drive of the 2006 9-5, and then compare it with my own brand new 2005 9-5. I did not succeed the first time, but today I managed to grab one of the -06 NineFives and take her for a ride.
As a quick summary I can tell you that the -06 SAAB 9-5 is a very fresh car. Actually very fresh! In my point of view it is actually just as good as or even a better car than most of the comparable and younger cars I’ve been driven the last couple of months. I am also happy to conclude with that my brand new 2005 SAAB 9-5 Vector Sport Combi is still in the competition, it is running very well even compared with the 2006 9-5. But I can assure you that SAAB’s engineers have done a great job with the “newcomer”.
My local dealer could also tell me that they already have sold several model 2006 9-5s even before it’s being officially launched here in Norway. My SAAB-dealer is one of Norways biggest, and they have already managed to get a couple of 2006s 9-5 in their showroom. They sent me out tonite in a 2006 SAAB 9-5 2,3T SportCombi.
Thanks also to Marcel for the pics of what seem to be a new, black 2006 9-5 Vector SportCombi.
The black-room seats get contrasting stitching and inserts. Yum.