I posted a poll yesterday on the 9-7x and the result was a pleasant surprise.
Now, most car companies would want 100% positivity for all their vehicles and I’m sure Saab’s no exception. The 9-7x, however, has been a very contentious vehicle from day 1.
I was expecting something in the order of 55/45 but a two-thirds majority is pretty good, really. Even better, the comments people entered were quite positive as well. Normally, the people that bother to voice their opinions are the ones that have a complaint.
Not so in this case. The comments on the poll itself were mostly positive too, as follows:
My last 7 cars are SAABs now a 9-5 Aero SportsCombi and I am really keen on a 9-7X. Unfortunately I live in the Netherlands and to the price of 70K euro I find it a little bit too much.
It has generated some $$$ for SAAB. However, I would still like to see a pure SAAB SUV. Something ready to take on the Range Rover Sport with its supercharger and the BMW X5…
Saab is bleeding. While it may not be the traditional Saab, is a truck/suv traditional to BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Cadillac, etc. I glad these “purists” don’t run Saab; it would be a collectors brand.
They should have given it a turbo diesel and SAHRs
It’s not ideal, but all reviews say it’s the best version of the platform
a very good looking car, i’d have one if i could. dont kill it.
sport utilities in one form or another will be part of everyones product plans. If the present 97X is a start for Saab to create marketshare and the next design gets Saab to where they really want to be…then it is a great move!
Design should be redone partially, and biopower or other fuel-alternatives would do good (and drop these dark tinted back windows.)
It will be better if 9-5 will be 4AWD
people buy SUVs
I actually own one.
In the US, customers were leaving SAAB for other brands who makes SUV’s. Like it or not, the US market is big for SAAB and continued poor sales could have meant its demise. Incidentally, the 9-7 sits almost 3 inch lower than its AWD sibling, the Rainer, The 9-7x has undergone suspension tuning by the Swedes.
Great summary, Swade. 100% agree.
If I was looking for an SUV, I would buy the 9-7x
Those were the comments attached directly to the poll.
Here on the blog, the comments section also had the following:
I have owned one for over six months and 10,000 miles. My last two cars were a 9-5 and a 9-3. I needed more room and AWD, but wanted a Saab.
The 9-7 has proven to be a good road car, much better than I thought it would be.
A true Saab SUV would be a better option, but this one wins over everyone who rides in it. It’s not 100% Saab, but the part that is keeps reminding me it’s there.
As far as I know, that’s the first comment I’ve had about the 9-7x from a 9-7x owner. Welcome Ray, and if you’ve got a great photo of your 9-7x then I’ll be more than happy to use it as a Saab O The Week photo.