2011 Saab 9-5 Aero XWD first drive review: break out the aquavit – National auto review | Examiner.com

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Anyway, known the guy for a long time, so he tells us something, we can believe it. And he us that he can rarely stop at a gas without being approached by owners of BMWs, Audis and who know exactly the car he’s 2010 Saab 9-5, of course–but many questions, requests to inside and of course ask how much.

Our p.r. guy related how one BMW 7-Series owner enthused over the new 9-5 and then asked the price.

What? Do you know how much 7-series cost me!?

BMW’s plan to sell to Saab should be reconsidered.

In the of actually getting anywhere, our friend can’t offer a drive. And anyway, that’s a dealer’s job.

We were able to grab a or so miles in a top-of-the-line 2010 9-5 Aero XWD, one of about 600 in before the 2011 arrive, should be right about The new 9-5 Aero XWD will be accompanied by two new levels below the top-of-the-line the Turbo4 and Turbo4 Premium, by the 2.0-liter turbo four used in the Saab 9-3.

The new 9-5 was designed during the General era and as a result, is made from pulled from the GM parts suitably massaged to make all together, a Saab. Although on GM’s Epsilon II platform also 2010 Buick and 2009 Opel Insignia), the is unmistakably a Saab design, its grille to modestly (speaking curved windshield, tapered windows and concave rear reminiscent of the Saab 99 (built one of the features that makes the new 9-5 immediately identifiable as a Saab and the new 9-5 at The A-pillars are blacked out with trim, giving the roof a appearance.

Designers went all out to make the new 9-5 look like a Saab’s. The Saab instrument panel and stack merged into an L with the other side of the well away from the a particularly roomy feel. The bits such as the steering stalks are fresh from GM.

not a bad thing, however, because GM has doing that sort of very well lately.

Our drive was too short for familiarity all the knobs and switches, but the layout much of the center stack estate rather plain and underdeveloped, as if the automotive interior slept in that day. The panel, however, was quite with bright green on black dials with lettering. A boost gauge is featured.

We’ve always that instrument was fairly but for a make well known for its expertise it’s an appropriate

Saab has also been for its floor-mounted ignition switch, a shift lever lock as an to the steering column lock as the anti-theft device. With the new 9-5‘s proximity key system, no key switch in the center console, but has honored tradition and placed the button where the key would been.

Seats are something else does well and the 2010 9-5 Aero XWD we drove is no different. The are supportive, with large bolsters. IKEA should be notes.

Also honoring is a turbocharged engine. In this it’s a GM-derived 2.8-liter V-6 rated at a healthy 296 horsepower at rpm and 295 lb-ft torque plateau 2300 to 5200 rpm. powerful and smooth but there’s a gravelly growl under

The six-speed automatic transmission was unobtrusive.

The engine is mounted up front, and the base 2011 9-5 Turbo4 will have drive as standard equipment. The 9-5 however, has Saab’s cross-drive and it tames any potential front-drive steer. In fact, the 9-5 Aero is so accelerating that it’s boring.

We’d like to hustle grand tourer to see whether it those certain German dynamically.

It’s a tough that Saab wants to and one that mercilessly chews up wannabes and introduces sport pretenders to a German sausage In the economic boom times of the Saab was able to ride to a peak record sales of but was hit hard by the economic downturn and out at about half that years later. But Saab climbed mostly unnoticed the latter half of the Nineties and the Aughts during the General reign, almost equaling of go-go Eighties before again following GM announcing its to terminally ground the Swedish

Saab has the misfortune to attempt in economic hard times are showing little sign of any time soon. What is whether Saab distinctiveness can Saab quirkiness, whether reputation of spotty reliability can be and whether the new Saab 9-5 can lure BMW to remake Nordic into the New We’ve seen the 2011 9-5 Aero XWD and briefly experienced the Swede, and our initial take is the product, even that under GM, is there.

Break out the Und ein bier.

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