This is a British road test of the new 2006 Saab 9-5, but with a slight tilt. We hear a fair bit about the 260hp 9-5 in the US and the Biopower 9-5 in Sweden etc etc. What we don’t hear much about is the 9-5 diesel in the UK. This could even be the first time I’ve read a review on it (cue the British sales guy to add a comment about how it’s a new addition to the lineup and why don’t I do my research).
Anyway, back to the story.
This paragraph here should be enough to get all you US customers that are hankering for a diesel all riled up:
So, distinctive, strong, well built, roomy, refined, comfortable and different. But the biggest reason to buy the Saab 9-5 is the addition of the new 1.9-litre four-cylinder direct-injection common-rail turbo-charged diesel engine.
It’s a British review and so it seems quite natural that they’d love it. And they do. The styling is seen as quite bold, albeit in a love it or hate it kind of way, but the quality and refinement of the car seems to shine through.
Who am I to argue with my new-found respect for the 9-5, learned the hard way on the track last weekend?
The interior is large — a true and comfortable five-seater. It looks very up-market and is clearly a quality product…..
…..The installation of this engine is superb. It is very quiet — even at tickover — and very responsive…..
…..the 43mpg returned by my 5-speed test car for day in, day out driving on motorways, stuck in traffic and for short journeys was decidedly impressive…..
…..Why wouldn’t you buy one? Its looks — although, paradoxically, they are as much a reason to buy. And it is not quite as sharp in some
ways as similar-sized rival German brands. However, overall it’s roomy, refined with excellent safety and good equipment levels. Definitely one for the discerning driver. And very capable.