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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 to have around. Having the trendiest car in the cul-de-sac isn’t as good as it looks. There’s a lot to be for a car that’s built to do a job.

Or with a family.

The Porsche 911 is a dream machine, but it could be a if you had four kids. That’s why so people end up driving a family or something like the Saab 9-5 if they have the cash to in the luxury 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 than just a one-week Unlike most test it’s booked in for six months and is nearly halfway through trials that have everything from dump and dog duties to upmarket party and airport pick-ups.

It has run trouble-free and low-key for close to apart from an annoying whistle around the driver’s at about 105km/h. It’s an car that does a good It’s never going to win a contest or a racetrack dash, but it has the of strengths real people in a real car for real life.

The has the flash and dash as well, the turbo motor and body but the same basics come for far cash and that’s the way most 9-5 shoppers should be looking. It has a that’s comfy for five and bulletproof mechanicals.

Any Saab is a little quirky, with the key the seats instead of on the steering but the estate drives as well as the and there’s no real wind-noise from the box on the back. Our test turbo motor is a real and it has huge reserves of overtaking thanks to 330Nm of torque. consumption is 10.4 litres/100km on but as good as 7.9 on a cruise-controlled trip.

The auto does nothing to encourage keen driving, it shifts smoothly. The other literally, is in the too-short Aero springs. They cause the to bang and crash at times, but the car is balanced in corners and has tenacious

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.


Price: $80,900 as

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Engine: 2.3-litre four-cylinder high-pressure turbo and intercooler


Torque: 330Nm/1900-4000revs

Four-speed automatic, front-wheel

Body: Five-door station

Dimensions: Length: 4808mm, 2042mm, height 1497mm, 2703mm, tracks 1522mm/1522mm

Fuel consumption: Average on 10.4 litres/100km

Steering: rack and pinion

Suspension: independent with front struts and multi-link rear anti-roll bars

Brakes: four-wheel discs

Wheels: alloy

Tyres: 225×45 R17

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