Saab’s new 9-5 has a lot of responsibility resting on its shoulders. As the first new model launched under new ownership, it’s crucial to the Swedish brand’s fortunes and future.
It’s just as well that it’s a particularly large car, then. At over five metres, it’s longer than its key rivals – the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes . It’s wider, too, and in the flesh the 9-5’s chunky styling reinforces the impression.
Against such tough competition the 9-5 needs to more than just big; it also needs to be clever.
What's on offer?
Every engine is turbocharged, but as well as the entry-level 2.0 diesel there’s a twin-turbo version, with a meatier 188bhp and the option of front- or four-wheel drive.
Starting point for the petrol engine range is a 1.6, with 177bhp. The next step up is a 217bhp 2.0, in front- or four-wheel drive format, The icing on the cake is the 2.8-litre V6, which has 296bhp, an automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive as standard.
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