Having already ordered my car I came across some of the reviews on the What Car website and was worried about what I'd let myself in for. Having now had the car for a few months I felt I should add a review to try to address some of the points raised by previous reviewers. On the plus side the car is very comfortable to drive, handles & breaks very well. In other reviews some concerns were raised about economy - not achieving figures quoted by the manufacturer. I had the same experience when I first drove it but I have found through experience that fuel consumption is affected quite significantly by the external temperature & when the weather is warmer I can easily exceed the quoted figures on the same journies. I'm glad I bought the leather interior and privacy glass as this improves the interior. The only real downside that is bourne out in other reviews is a cheap feel to some of the plastic fittings - they don't rattle (in fact the whole drive is very quiet) but the finishing could be better. My biggest concern has been the quality of the sound system. I did not upgrade from the basic package as I thought it would be OK - and it is OK for the radio but not for other sources (CD & MP3) which sound rather thin as there are no speakers in the front doors with this version. Overall I'm happy with the car, it looks good, its cheap to run and I enjoy driving it. The down sides are all things that can be easily assessed before purchase once you know what to look out for.
I own this car for a year and 21.000 kms already. It is an auto, with navigation and 16 inch tires. We have also some other cars for the company but I can tell you that this is a lovable car. It has a character and attitude, but lacks some aspects of compact executives so could not hit the target.
So far I have not had any problems, but the built quality and material is below rivals. Has to be improved. But the design of the interior is nearly perfect for my taste. I hope I will not be hearing noises from the interior plastics in the future.
It is good to drive on long distances but steering could have a better feel. It is not perfect for driving inside the city.I strongly recommend the auto gearbox, it nearly upgrades the car. The seats are perfect, and it is silent enough inside.
Finally te navigator. Please change it please! It is very clearly behind..It is from the times when this was launched but it is not very smart and it is very slow..All the system has to be upgraded.
If these changes are made at face-lifting, then there will be a new car in the executives competition.
I have had my car a 1.9TiD SW 150 Vector Sport, with the sports suspension and dark rear glass options for two months now and I have to say its fantastic, if anyone is considering getting the Hirsch conversion 150 to 175 bhp and a massive 370nm of torque go for it. It’s a real flyer the worst mpg I’ve had was 33 and that was 'trying 'the car out. I have achieved 64.3 @ a steady 50mph. However my average is 54+. This is down to the Hirsch conversion. More power, more speed + better mpg =one happy driver.
Got the car nearly a year ago. The care packed up after 26 miles and had to be taken to dealer. Many problems since. As with most other drivers, poor fuel economy(42-44)given that this mostly is out of town driving the figures are terrible compared to those published. Spoke to SAAB Technical who say that is should average 52.3 and to take it to local dealer. Local dealer says 42 is about right????. Cabin layout is good but quality is poor. Especially when compared to Audi A4 I had previously. SAAB need to do a lot to catch up with the Germans. Just want SAAB to take it away and put it right.
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