The base Turbo4 car comes eqipped with a range of features like a leather interior, power front seats that have memory controls, a keyless ignition, a two zone climate control system, a nine-speaker sound system, both USB and aux audio inputs, a Bluetooth connection, support for XM Satellite Radio signals, a power heated outside mirror, and its own fog lamps front and rear. Standard features for safety include include theElectronic Stability Program (ESP), a traction control setup, OnStar access, active head restraints, a series of six airbags, and its own breakaway pedals.
The Saab 9-5 Turbo4 Premium, the Turbo6 XWD and the high-end Aero XWD models ahave more things to them including 18-inch wheels, bright Bi-Xenon headlamps, a strong and wide power moonroof, a series of power-folding and dimming mirror, a keyless entry system, a remote starter and even a park assist feature. Most options will be in their own packages. This includes the Technology Package with a head-up display, a lane departure warning siren, and advanced park assist or a Rear-Passenger Package that has a three zone climate control, a rear audio and DVD system and more. Other options include a navigation system with a hard-disk drive and an 11-speaker Harman/kardon audio system while the Aero can use summer performance tires on 19-inch wheels and its own ventilated front seats.
Under the hood, there are two engine options, both turbocharged in the tradition of Saab's "jet inspired" lineage. The top rate Aero models are powered by the 300 hp 2.8L twin-scroll variable valve timing DOHC 24-valve aluminum V6 engines that are paired alongside a six-speed automatic (with manual shift capability) and an XWD system. Lower-priced two-wheel drive models get support from gas and E85 fuel in its direct-injected 220-hp 2.0L VVT DOHC 16-valve aluminum turbo four with the option to go with a six-speed manual or with a six-speed automatic system. The 2.0L engine offers a good 20/28 mpg fuel economy. The larger V6 goes with 16x27 mpg.
The noise is great to experience. This car is amazingly quiet. It has a 0-62 mph acceleration time at 6.9 seconds, thus making it a afst choice, but if you want something that accelerates fast there are some better choices. It goes fast and is best for tough weather, but the four-cylinder model shoudl be tried first.
For the driver who desires the luxurious interior and firm handling of a European sports sedan, but wish for something that stands out among the sedan crowd, the Saab 9-5 is just the ticket. With plenty of room, plenty of power and the rare sedan to still offer a manual transmission, the Saab 9-5 will appeal especially to drivers who value driving feel over flashy styling. The Swedish heritage is evident in the Saab's engineering, design and reliability, making it a contender in the midsize sedan market, but not a leader. The 9-5 excels at safety, comfort, fuel economy and performance, all without a price tag that will make you faint.
Saab's appeal generally lies in its iconic styling and unique design profile. Saab fans are died in the wool, and loyal to a fault. While the Saab 9-5 will never rise to the top of the midsize sedan market, it will likely always have a ready contingent of buyers who will like the car for its hardy Swedish heritage as much as its newly modern luxuries.