2002 Saab 9-5 Auto Review

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2002 Saab 9-5

Architecturally for performance, control, safety and

James M. Flammang on 01.01.2002

automobiles conceal their nature until they’re for a while. With others, it only a moment to uncover the Certain models-including Saab’s ooze excellence in every

New model designations are said to from architectural forms. The focuses on functionality, whereas the Arc is as a modern interpretation of classic Special features on the Arc include leather upholstery and heated

Version three, the high-performance was a member of the previous 9-5 generation. It such extras as a performance-tuned and 17-inch tires on three-spoke

A choice of three turbocharged is split among the three designations. In the lowest-priced Arc sedan and the 2.3-liter, low-boost-turbocharged four-cylinder 185 horsepower. Stepping up a notch, the models get an asymmetrically turbocharged V-6 engine that makes an 200 horsepower.

For all-out performance, the sedan and wagon contain a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder produces 250 horsepower-up 20 this

Saab 9-5s offer a of five-speed transmissions, either or automatic. A new Electronic Stability standard in Arc/Aero models, is a for Saab. Adaptive front technology also is new for 2002, a passenger-sensing system that deployment.

Newly optional bi-xenon are said to produce 60% broader spread. The special headlight includes dynamic leveling to the beams at proper level, as as high-pressure washer jets. wipers are another option.

assistance, which emits a when approaching an object backing up, also is available.

in nature and subtly elegant in milieu, the 9-5 sedan and wagon in virtually every significant Like most European and more than some, the Saab delivers an enticing of smooth ride, precise and quiet running. Better many of its major virtues are in all three versions, not limited to the upper-cost echelon.

Certainly, all is super-smooth and wholly when driving a manual-shift Seats are great: firm but inviting. Despite the Aero’s firm suspension, the ride is absorbent.

When tromping the the engine’s 250 horsepower springs to life, yielding energetic and response.

For a long trip, few drivers ask for more than an automatic-transmission midlevel 9-5 sedan and wagon. is vigorous (though hardly and occupants enjoy great and elegance, reveling in a perfectly ride and alluringly quiet V-6 Naturally, driver control quite match that of the Aero, but the level of precision is

Buyers of the lower-priced Linear need not feel slighted, Performance is close enough to the Arc to win over most drivers, and the does not lag appreciably in highway or easy around-town maneuverability.

of model, head and legroom are up front. Back seats ample headroom and good toe but leg space is less abundant. would be a lot more tempting if riders’ knees weren’t into a high position.

Still, the luscious aroma of a leather upholstery almost up for some of the snugness out back.

buttons are abundant enough to be a intimidating, suggesting consultation the owner’s manual-always a wise in any case-before setting out on the first One annoyance is the center console in front, which slides a little too easily if the driver’s is resting on it, and might even be hazardous.

Developers had four attributes in for the latest Saab, according to Dan president/CEO of Saab Cars performance, control, safety and Safety has long been a of Saab, Chaisins said. expects to sell about 9-5 models per year.

Aeros accounted for about 15% of sales in the past, but Saab would to see that proportion double. Saabs are produced in Sweden, the car is owned by General Motors.

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