<title> The 9-5 Aero XWD is Set to Revitalize Saab </title>

The 9-5 Aero XWD is Set to Revitalize Saab

Remember when the Saab was cool?  There was time, not so long ago, when these boxy little Swedish automobiles were the status symbol an entire generation of the young and upwardly mobile (less expensive than a beamer and so much better than dad’s old clunker hand-me-down).  Since then, they have pretty much become the province of the Swedish death-metal teenager (who can somehow cram five of his closest long-haired friends into the tiny cab).  However, with the introduction of the 9-5 Aero XWD, the company that started in aerospace seems poised to make a long-awaited comeback and reclaim their status among elite automakers.

Saab 9-5 Aero XWD 2011

Saab 9-5 Aero XWD 2011

By all accounts, the exterior of the latest in the Saab line is far sleeker than previous iterations.  With a body style somewhere between a Toyota and a Bentley, it still retains a bit of its signature flair with a slightly snubbed rear end and curved window, as well as “ice block” headlights, but it has undergone a very modern update.  If you saw it on the road, you might not realize the striking sedan you were craning your neck at was actually a Saab.  In short, they have re-imagined their automotive line in keeping with their penchant for distinctive design, but with a new eye for the mainstream consumer.

Saab 9-5 Aero XWD 2011

Saab 9-5 Aero XWD 2011


Saab 9-5 Aero XWD 2011

Saab 9-5 Aero XWD 2011


The interior has received an equally luxurious transformation, with crazy-comfortable contoured seats (including well-conceived head and neck support), plenty of rear leg-room, and the in-dash ignition (push-button start) which has recently come into vogue (although it has been a Saab trademark for years).  And with plenty of airbags, rollover sensors, and anti-whiplash technology, you can feel safe as you ride in elegance and ease.  Add in buttery-soft upholstery, just the right touch of chrome and brushed aluminum accoutrements, and the unique U-Rail trunk system (which easily adjusts to secure luggage, etc.), and you’ve got a car that’s on-par with other luxury vehicles in its class.  Cool extras include navigation, MP3 capabilities (with a 40 GB hard drive), and a heads-up display (HUD) unit that allows you to check otherwise in-dash vitals (speedometer, odometer, etc.) without taking your eyes off the road.

As for performance, the 9-5 is admirable, but not over the top.  The 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 produces about 300 horsepower and goes from 0-60 in a fairly decent 6.9 seconds.  The automatic transmission is smooth as silk and there’s hardly a hiccup between gears, even when the engine is gunned and the turbo kicks in.  And the alternate paddle shifters thankfully offer true manual control, unlike other “smart” shifters that try to do the job for you.  The Aero XWD model also comes with a feature called DriveSense that allows the driver to select chassis settings such as comfort, sport, or a continuously adaptable intelligent mode.  All-wheel drive, ABS, traction and stability control, and ventilated disc brakes round out the roster, making for a drive that is altogether fun and comfortable.

And while the price tag is a bit high by Saab standards (with an MSRP of $49,165), the slightly less-endowed model (front-wheel-drive, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine) will shave about $10,000 off the initial cost.  However, the price is in keeping with the class, and the Saab appears to deliver a comparable package to rivals like Acura, Lexus, Infiniti, and even BMW and Audi.  So for the luxury-car seeker looking for something a little different (but still terribly tasteful), the new Saab 9-5 Aero XWD could be just the ticket.

Guest post by Karen McCall of Car Insurance Comparison.

Enjoy the rest of the gallery of New Saab 9-5 Aero XWD below:

Saab 9-5 Aero XWD 2011

Saab 9-5 Aero XWD 2011


Saab 9-5 Aero XWD 2011

Saab 9-5 Aero XWD 2011


Saab 9-5 Aero XWD 2011

Saab 9-5 Aero XWD 2011


Saab 9-5 Aero XWD 2011

Saab 9-5 Aero XWD 2011


Saab 9-5 Aero XWD 2011

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