Saab 9-5 2001 review | carsguide.com.au

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Saab 9-5

2001 review

The 9-5 is an car that does a good job strengths that real want in a real car, for life.

Paul Gover tests and reviews the new 2001 9-5.

The Saab Estate is a comfort to around. Having the newest, car in the cul-de-sac isn’t always as as it looks. There’s a lot to be said for a car built to do a job.

Or work a family.

The Porsche 911 Turbo is a machine, but it could be a nightmare if you had kids. That’s why so many end up driving a family Falcon, or like the Saab 9-5 Estate if have the cash to splash in the class.

The Swedish family wagon has around since 1999. never been the trendiest car on the but it’s still a nice way to and comes loaded with The 9-5 is about the same size as a wagon, but lives in the land of air-con, electric leather and truly classy CD sound.

If you go all the way to the Aero Estate, you get alloys, a body kit and real wood

Motivation is provided by a force-fed four that shows why has led the trend toward turbo in the search for speed with and fuel economy. The high-output 169kW four is a hard It has plenty of top-end go, even if the box on the back is a relatively low-tech without the latest touch-change

Saab has had to use the 9-5 Estate (it’s an tag for wagon) to combat a range of four-wheel drives that caused mass defections traditional wagon families, as as classy luxury rivals, the Volvo V70, Audi A6 and BMW’s classy-but-costly 5-Series

The Saab Estate is never It starts at $59,900 and that can like a lot of cash. The Magna is and so is the Toyota Camry if you like big made fridges, but the 9-5 is a cut above in both style and substance.

the long haul, the Saab do its better job for much longer when secondhand prices are the 9-5 badge is good to have on side.

Our Saab wagon is more just a one-week wonder. most test cars, booked in for six months and is already halfway through day-to-day that have included from dump runs and dog to upmarket party arrivals and pick-ups.

It has run trouble-free and low-key for to 7000km, apart from an wind whistle around the door at about 105km/h. an honest car that does a job. It’s never to win a beauty contest or a racetrack but it has the sort of strengths real want in a real car for real

The Aero has the flash and dash as with the turbo motor and kit, but the same basics for far less cash and that’s the way 9-5 Estate shoppers should be It has a cabin that’s comfy for adults, and bulletproof mechanicals.

Any Saab is still a little with the key between the seats of on the steering column, but the estate as well as the sedan and there’s no wind-noise penalty from the box on the Our test Aero’s turbo is a real winner and it has huge of overtaking urge, thanks to of torque. Fuel consumption is litres/100km on average but as good as 7.9 on a trip.

The auto does much to encourage keen though it shifts smoothly. The shortcoming, literally, is in the too-short sports springs. They the nose to bang and crash at but the car is beautifully balanced in corners and has grip.

The $80,000 price tag also big benefits in the sound system, is one of the best on the road, as well as leather seats, sound and controls on the steering wheel, electric sunroof and alloy The back end is great at any price. are plenty of folding choices for the seat, tie-down hooks for and a big, blunt-shaped area for

Looked at on its own, the Saab is a No question. And that means it squeezes into four-star But the Volvo V70 is newer, a little just as practical and drives

The Audi A6 Avant is more to drive, but less practical, and the BMW wagon is lovely – if you a big budget.

So the Saab isn’t a but it’s the sort of car you can live for a long time.

SAAB 9-5 ESTATE AERO

$80,900 as tested

Engine: four-cylinder with high-pressure and intercooler

Power: 169kW/5500revs

330Nm/1900-4000revs

Transmission: Four-speed front-wheel drive

Body: station wagon

Dimensions: 4808mm, width 2042mm, 1497mm, wheelbase 2703mm, 1522mm/1522mm front/rear

Fuel Average on test 10.4

Steering: Power-assisted rack and

Suspension: Fully independent front MacPherson struts and rear with anti-roll

Brakes: Anti-skid four-wheel

Wheels: 17-inch alloy

225×45 R17

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