See that very attractive Swede on the left? That’s the sweet ride I’ll be picking up tomorrow morning!
Following my drive of the 9-3 Aero last weekend, I’ve been provided with a 9-5 Aero to drive for a few days by our local dealer – Tony at Motors Saab. What a guy!
I thought it’d be a good idea to record my expectations beforehand. That way I can come back Tuesday and compare expectations to realities. I should point out that whilst my previous experience in a 9-5 cockpit is limited, I have driven a 9-5 Aero Wagon around a racetrack at reasonably high speed (check out the sidewalls!) – an experience that provides my frame of reference for the weekend.
So, the expectations?
- I’m expecting a superior level of cabin comfort. Superb seating and driving position and pretty low levels of road and tyre noise.
- I’m expecting the car to be pretty quick off the line and to have plenty of go when it’s needed, but I’m also expecting the car to be creamy smooth around the ‘burbs.
- I’m expecting it to have a little less road feel then the Viggen, much like the new 9-3 that I drove last week.
- I’m expecting it to be capable in the twisties, though a little less so than the new 9-3.
- I’m expecting that the 9-5 will absolutely excel as a distance cruiser. I can’t take it long-distance as I’ve got to keep the km’s down, but a trip to Richmond village should provide enough opportunity to get a feel.
Other than those, I’m not sure what else to expect. It’s going to be great fun for 2.5 days and I’ll be writing it all up, evaluating those expectations, next Tuesday.
(of course, regular posting will still be happening between now and then).