Lots of kit as standard, high-tech features, driver comfort, practicality
Not particularly sporty, still lacks the brand appeal of its German rivals
The new Saab 9-5 has been a long time coming, especially as the last model was originally launched back in 2005. The new 9-5 looks like a Saab should (unique) and is styled in the mould of Saab cars from a bygone era.
While the design taps into Saab's heritage, the 9-5 is fitted with some high-tech gadgets. This includes head-up display, which not only projects the car's speed onto the windscreen but also the engine revs and sat nav directions. It also comes with the latest adaptive headlights, that swivel to better illuminate upcoming bends and automatically change light intensity according to weather and driving conditions. While Saab has struggled to match premium German rivals in terms of brand appeal, the new Saab 9-5 plays the value card as it comes with plenty of standard kit including sat nav and DAB radio.
Servicing and warranties
In November 2011 Saab went into administration so there will be inevitably concerns about warranties and maintenance. The company is under new ownership so it does have some sort of security. Under a new deal called ‘Saab Secure’ extended warranties are available and this new arrangement allows owners to buy cover of up to five years even if their car is outside the original manufacturer warranty. Existing free servicing deals will also be honoured and an unlimited-mileage service plan that offers owners access to official Saab parts is available from less than £500. Customers can find their nearest authorised repairer through the Saab website.
An alternative choice
So the Saab 9-5 is a bit left-field but that may well work in its favour for buyers looking for an affordable and comfortable cruiser with sleek looks. The addition of modern technology will also be attractive, although rivals from German brands are moving forward with technological advancements that will date the 9-5 very quickly. It is what you would consider an ‘alternative choice’ but expect used prices to be lower than similar offerings from Audi and BMW. Read our full Saab 9-5 review to see why we think there is a place in the large premium sector for this car.