Friday, September 18, 2020

Saab Reviews

All the latest Saab company car reviews are here.

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New Saabs are gone…but old Saabs pick up in demand

Failed Swedish carmaker still loved on the used car market
FINANCIAL events may have put an end to the carmaker Saab, but demand for used versions is on the up.
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New Saabs are gone…but old Saabs pick up in demand

Failed Swedish carmaker still loved on the used car marketSAAB. Alas, no longer with us, but always the car of choice by the individualist, the self-employed professional, small business owners...

381 – Recalls tarnish reliability crown

Toyota and Honda - normally bywords for reliability - have issued safety recalls. What's going on out there?


Phoenix Five finger more money; Saab deal deadSOMETIMES it seems there's no justice in this world. At the same moment that I learned via a tweet from Glass's that the infamous...

317 – Saab regains its voice

And a new sense of direction I WENT along to a special presentation on the new Saab 9-5 last night. You know. Where key people – top of the Christmas tree people...

228 – Saab goes back to Sweden

GM, owner of the Swedish Saab brand, has confirmed a memorandum of understanding for the purchase of Saab Automobile AB by Koenigsegg Group.This, hopefully, will secure Saab’s future. Now, there’s many...


Bryan Hatter, a former md of Saab (when the Swedes built proper Saabs), is becoming a regular Business Car Manager blogger. Here is his latest blog.I was interested to read Sam...

87 – Driving impressions of the Vauxhall Insignia

One former colleague I regularly stay in touch with is Bryan Hatter. Bryan is a former md of Saab (when the Swedes built Saab models as opposed to Vauxhall-derived cars). I...

Saabs go greener, go faster

Saab is offering a 1.8t BioPower engine on its 9-3 model line-up

The eco-friendly engine will be available on Sport Saloon, SportWagon, and Convertible 9-3 models.

The bigger 9-5 Saab range already has 2.0t and 2.3t BioPower options.

The BioPower cars are called flex-fuel. This is because they can run on either normal petrol or the more environmentally-friendly E85 bioethanol.

When running on E85 bioethanol the engine emits up to 70 per cent less carbon dioxide (CO2). Yet it produces more power: 175bhp compared to 150bhp for the normal car.

The cars are on sale now in both manual and automatic.

What are the benefits of bioethanol?

  • Bioethanol is produced from agricultural crops
  • Unlike petrol it does not raise atmospheric levels of CO2

New Saab 9-5 wants A6 action

SAAB'S all-new executive 9-5 saloon is targeting the Audi A6 with prices starting at around L24,000.

Although prices have yet to be formalised for the 9-5, Saab believes the A6 is a legitimate target for its all-new executive car, which goes on sale next year. The Audi A6 2.0 2.0TDIe starts at L24,900.

The Swedish built saloon will be available in three levels of trim: Linear, Vector Sport and topline Aero. A sports chassis is also available, with suspension lowered by 10mm.

Among the high-tech features on offer on the Saab 9-5 are: aircraft-style head-up information display (HUD) which includes sat-nav route guidance; adaptive headlights (Bi-Xenon Smart Beam) that can also react to oncoming vehicles so as not to dazzle; adaptive cruise control; Saab DriveSense adaptive chassis with real-time damping control; dynamic parking assistance with front, rear and side sensors – it won't park the car for you but lets you know if the space is big enough – and Saab XWD all-wheel-drive system.

There will be three choices of petrol engine, all turbocharged:

  • 1.6T 180hp, 230Nm
  • 2.0T 220hp, 350Nm
  • 2.8T V6 300hp, 400Nm

And two choices of turbocharged diesels:

  • 2.0 TDi 160hp, 350Nm
  • 2.0 TDi twin-scroll turbo 190hp, 400Nm

CO2 emissions for the 160hp diesel are said to be 139g/km, placing the Saab in the 19% company car tax band for 2009/10.

Managing director Jonathan Nash reckons the new Saab will appeal to independent free thinkers. "All the demographics suggest the 9-5 will appeal to highly creative individuals, and Saab's traditional heartland of doctors, dentists and architects," said Nash.

Over the next couple of years, the new Saab 9-5 heralds the start of a stream of new Saab product:

  • Saab 9-3X (an allroad style estate)
  • Saab 9-4X (an SUV 4x4 model)
  • Saab 9-5 estate
  • New Saab 9-3

Further information

Read more about the Saab 9-5 in the Editor's Blog Saab regains its voice.

You can save Lthousands on an old-model Saab. See Used Business Car story Big savings on current Saab 9-5.

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Stylish new estate expands Saab 9-5 range

CHECK out Saab's new eye-catching 9-5 SportWagon estate car, due to debut at the Geneva show.