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New Saab 9-5 2.0 Tid Vector SE Review

The new Saab 9-5 2.0 TiD Vector SE is the most affordable version of this striking executive saloon.

By Stephen Turvil
Jan 10, 2011
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The new Saab 9-5 2.0 TiD Vector SE is the most affordable version of this striking executive saloon. So, whereas high-end variants can cost up to £37,795, this beautifully crafted four-door diesel could be yours from only £26,495. That's excellent news for lovers of quality saloons, so let's climb aboard and explore this Swedish beauty.

The Saab 9-5 2.0 TiD Vector SE, as well as having a sensible purchase price, pampers wallets further by consuming less fuel than a solar-powered bike. That means this 158bhp saloon averages 53.2mpg and manages up to 64.1mpg on the extra-urban cycle. On this basis its emissions are lower than a plummeting stock market, so this robustly constructed machine sits in road tax band E/£110. Not bad for an executive cruiser that hits 62mph in roughly ten seconds.

The new Saab 9-5's handling is safe and secure, and the silky smooth ride makes it a tremendously comfortable motorway cruiser. Whereas this variant has no ambition to be a sports saloon, the steering is sharp enough to inspire confidence and the body roll - so long as there are no excessive heroics – is minimal. It simply wafts along without fuss and cossets its luxury loving occupants.

Standard specification includes leather seats, climate control, an electronic stability programme, cruise control, Bluetooth, and parking sensors to prevent motorists from reversing the 515-litre boot into a fence. Optional extras include metallic paint for £525 and an electric sunroof for a further £500. There is certainly no shortage of kit on this reliable motorway mile-muncher.

The new Saab 9-5 2.0 TiD Vector SE is competing against several more fashionable vehicles such as the Audi A6, and many motorists will be tempted to spend their cash on a more prestigious marque. However, the 9-5 is for those who do not need the ultimate status symbol, and simply want a worthy understated workhorse. Sign me up.

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By Stephen Turvil
Jan 10, 2011