The 2010 Saab 9-5 is the first all-new version of Saab's flagship
model for over 10 years. The previous model was updated repeatedly
over the years but it had long since become outdated, and technologically
it was well behind its rivals.
The Saab 9-5 shares the same platform as the Opel Insignia -
clearly showing that the model was developed during Saab's time
under the control of GM. Hopefully now the company is free of
GM it will be able to show of its potential instead of being
a starved and forgotten brand. However thankfully the Insignia's
platform is a good one and the Saab is no worse off for the
borrowed technology. The 2010 Saab 9-5 is 17 centimetres longer
than the previous model with a wheelbase increase of 13 centimetres.
This provides more interior space for the passengers and offers
a genuine large luxury car experience.
The styling of the 2010 9-5 is not going to be to everyone's
taste but there are definitely worse looking cars on the market.
And the fact the vehicle looks significantly different to other
offerings in the luxury sedan segment is no bad thing. One thing
is for certain, the 2010 9-5 has a sense of presence about it.
It looks solid and planted partially due to the thick C-pillars
which looks like they are solely responsible for holding up
the roof thanks to the blacked out A and B-pillars.
The jewel like LED headlights and U-shaped grille dominate the
front end and instantly define the car as a Saab. The turn signals
in the side mirrors are darkened in order not to interrupt the
lines of the vehicle.
The interior of the 2010 Saab 9-5 has returned somewhat to the
marque's roots with aircraft inspired touches and quirky details.
There is an engine start/stop button located in the center console
and the gauges are designed to look similar to those found in
aircraft. The 2010 9-5 is also equipped with a HUD (Heads Up
Display), auto park system, three settings for the chassis (Comfort,
Sport and Intelligent) Intelligent adapts to the driving style
of the driver, Bi-xenon-headlights, Keyless Go, road-sign recognition
system integrated into the Panasonic navigation system, touchscreen
display monitor and a sound system from Harman & Kardon.
Similar and related vehicles:
2005 Saab 9-5 HOT Aero