Saab 9-5 Aero XWD Sedan


The 2011 9-5 Aero XWD is Saab’s first flagship sedan to be released under Spyker cars. As we all know by now, General Motors sold its Swedish subsidiary (Saab) to Spyker. It should be noted however that the 2011 9-5 was practically a finished product before the sale. It is not surprising therefore that strong presence of its former owner is still felt in its presentation. At a base price of $ 48, 390. 00, the 2011 Saab 9-5 is equipped with a 2. 8L turbocharged V6 engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, XWD Cross wheel drive system, electronic limited slip differential, 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS, 18-inch wheels, tire pressure monitoring system, push-button start, leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, steering wheel-mounted shift controls, power front leather sport bucket seats, heated front seats, power windows/mirrors and locks, auto-dimming rearview mirror, split folding rear seats, rear seat pass through to trunk, AM/FM stereo with CD player, USB port, XM Satellite Radio, 9 speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, Xenon cornering headlamps, headlamp washers, rain sensing wipers, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, tilt/telescoping steering column, and the dual zone climate control. The engine provides 300 hp @ 5500 rpm and torque of 295 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm. Options include the navigation system with 8-inch color screen, Harman-Kardon surround sound audio and the 19-inch alloy wheels. It s pretty hard to determine at this time whether Spyker made the right decision in buying the Saab brand as well as in making it its first entry in the market. Saab is one of the very few which has not undergone any redesigning for quite some time. For 13 years, the 9-5 relied on its original design. Today, it is gearing up to the challenge of adapting some changes while retaining the distinct Saab tradition. Its spacious and aircraft-inspired interior refers back to its history. Inside the vehicle, you will get to see signs of quirkiness specific to the brand. The ignition can still be found on the center console but his time it is in the form of start/stop button instead of the key insert. Saab’s night panel is found where the engine start/stop buttons of other vehicles are usually found. The control functions are easy enough to use except that they require some getting used to because of the positioning. The engine is one of the strongest points of the 9-5 Aero. The car itself is much better than its predecessor but it appears to have lost the Saab-feel along the way. Other positive points include the sharp and well-weighted steering, nicely isolated cabin, and its agility in relation to its length. Someone has got to give it the Saab identity without allowing it to look outdated.