Saab makes a series of changes to a key 9-5 model following criticism about its ride

Saab has announced a series of chassis changes for one of its key new 9-5 variants following criticism from the automotive press.

The Saab 9-5 158bhp 2.0-litre TiD with a six-speed manual 'box, which was awarded just two stars in its Autocar road test with particular criticisms being directed towards its ride quality, will now have a comfort-orientated chassis configuration as standard, instead of the original sport set-up.

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Together with new 18-inch alloy wheels, Saab says the changes "improve the overall dynamic behaviour of the vehicle" and do much to improve the ride quality.

The changes, which don't alter the car's 139g/km CO2 emissions, show "how the small independent Saab engineering team can respond very quickly to market requirements", accoridng to Saab's UK boss Jonathan Nash.

Saab has also announced new upgrades for its 9-5 Vector SE models. All 2011 Vectors now feature leather seats as standard and the car's original 17-inch alloys are replaced by 18-inch ‘Carve’ alloy wheels for a more aggressive look.

Prices for Saab's 9-5 Vector remain unchanged, starting at £26,495.

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15 December 2010

forgive me for being sceptical, but its hard to believe the best way to improve ride comfort is to swap 17 inch wheels for 18 inch ones.

15 December 2010

I hope it helps them and as the cars are now also even better value hopefully they will sell more . Have not seen many on the roads hopefully that will change do . It is a classy and stylish car and maybe with it been set more comfort oriinted it should do better now .

15 December 2010

Have seen a few in Nottingham city centre out and about. I hope the changes do help to give it better reviews, its quite a crisp refreshing design in the flesh. It will be quite a bargain in a few years time!

15 December 2010

[quote Sam_notts]It will be quite a bargain in a few years time[/quote] or six months...

15 December 2010

Good on Saab for responding to criticisms so early. It is a nice looking car let down by poor dynamics. All they need to do now is source a better derv and the car will be much more competitive.

15 December 2010

Unfortunately this is another case of a manufacturer releasing a car onto the market with out having sorted the ride out. These days they think that every car must have a 'ring sorted ride which usually means keeping chiropactors busy.

15 December 2010

[quote thebaldgit]Unfortunately this is another case of a manufacturer releasing a car onto the market with out having sorted the ride out. [/quote][quote thebaldgit]

Don't disagree here, the UK spec of many cars needs to be improved as our roads are truly awful compared with most European roads. Saab UK have taken this on the chin and turned around the spec changes very quickly - I hope the trade press will now reassess and advise the public of the improvements. This is a great car and exceptional value visavis the A6 (yawn) and 5 series (more yawns).

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15 December 2010

Why is it so hard for manufacturers to realise that their cars ride so badly on UK roads? Even cars which have allegedly been tuned for our roads (Kia Soul?) end up with poor ride quality. Maybe the message is slowly getting through, with Audi and BMW, for example, offering the choice of 'normal' or 'sport' settings on recently announced models, and recent revisions from Honda, and now Saab.

15 December 2010

The changes, which don't alter the car's 139g/km CO2 emissions, show "how the small independent Saab engineering team can respond very quickly to massive cockups such as thinking the UK has good roads", accoridng to Saab's UK boss Jonathan Nash.

15 December 2010

have to admit i saw my first new 9-5 a few days ago & i'm wondering where SAAB style has gone? to be kind to it i'd say its nothing special!

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