The 2011 Saab 9-5 is an executive car manufactured by Saab Automobile AB, Sweden. The car was introduced in 1998 in the U.S. as the model for the year 1999. It was intended to be the replacement for Saab 9000. The second generation of the Saab 9-5 was introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009 with its production starting in June 2010. The second generation Saab 9-5 was the first car to be presented under Spyker Cars' ownership, although it was developed completely under GM’s ownership. The latest model of 9-5 series is the 2011 Saab 9-5. The Saab 9-5 is also available in a Station wagon model.
Reliability has not been an issue with Saab 9-5. It is an elegant vehicle with good styling and equipment. The inherent quality of design, choice of alloy wheels, and layout of seats, instruments, and dashboard has made 2011 Saab 9-5 a good vehicle in every aspect.
Body Styles: midsize luxury sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder; 2.8-liter V-6,
Transmissions: six-speed manual, six-speed automatic
Models: Turbo4, Turbo4 Premium, Turbo6 XWD, and Aero.
Less expensive Turbo6 six-cylinder trim and a Base model have been added to the lineup.
The 9-5 is a unique looking car and different from other Saab cars. The trademark grille has been emboldened and enlarged. The Saab 9-5 outshines rival brands in looks as well as in performance. The 2011 Saab 9-5 lineup has new additions such as the Turbo6 XWD that shares the power-train of aero model.
The Aero version of Saab 9-5 has a sport-tuned chassis and leather upholstery. All standard features of Saab 9-5 sedan are also available in the Aero Version. The Saab 9-5 series is also the first car in the executive class to have extensive side protection. The Saab 9-5 was one of the few cars that had torso and head airbags for the front seats.
Performance & Handling
The 2011 Saab 9-5 is powered by B205 and B235 straight-four engine producing 107 hp of power. A high-powered version of the 2011 Saab 9-5 known as Aero is fitted with B235R engine generating 260 hp of power and 258 lb-ft of torque.
The Turbo4 is also a new entrant in 2011 Saab 9-5 series featuring a powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine generating 220 hp of power and 258 lb-ft of torque. Although a bit expensive at $40,000, the 2011 Saab 9-5 expected fuel economy eases things for its buyers. More expensive, but fully loaded 2011 Saab 9-5 Aero model is available at $50,000. However, when you compare that care with its competitors, which cost around $10,000 more, the Saab 9-5 appear to be a more worthy option.
The Saab 9-5 has inherited plethora of safety features from its predecessors including ventilated seats with active headrests and several others. Besides, the 9-5 also has Saab’s innovation ‘Night Panel’ that only illuminates the panels displaying essential information, resulting in less distraction while driving.
EPA Fuel Economy
2011 Saab 9-5: 15/23 mpg city/highway
- Solid performance and handling
- Interesting interior and exterior design
- Lots of cargo space
You Won't Like
- Not quite up-to-par with expectations for German engineering
- Lacking headroom
The Saab 9-5 is a good choice for people who want a luxury sedan with fun equipment.
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