All-new saloon will cost from £26,495
24 March 2010

Saab has revealed the prices for the all-new 9-5 saloon, ahead of the cars arriving in UK showrooms ‘this summer’.

Saab dealers are accepting orders for the car from today. Prices kick off at £26,495 for the entry-level 163bhp 2.0 TiD diesel model.

Production of the 9-5 began at Saab’s Trollhattan HQ on 23 March, the first cars to be produced by under independent ownership since GM bought a controlling share in Saab in 1989.

See pictures of the new Saab 9-5 rolling down the production line

The initial 9-5 launch programme will feature just two trim levels, Vector SE and Aero. Saab is taking immediate orders for the £26,495 163bhp 2.0TiD or the £28,195 216bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol model.

In Aero trim, just two petrol-engined models are immediately available, a £31,195 216bhp 2.0-litre turbo and a £37,995 294bhp 2.8-litre V6 turbo, which also gets Saab’s torque-vectoring all wheel drive set-up.

This summer buyers will be able to order three new ‘2011 model’ versions of the 9-5 for delivery in the autumn. In Vector SE trim there will be a 196bhp 2.0 TTiD twin-turbo diesel model and in both £28,495 Vector SE trim and a £31,495 Aero versions.

Perhaps the most intriguing 2011 model will be the £26,695 176bhp 1.6-litre turbo petrol 9-5, described as ‘carrying forward Saab’s rightsizing engine strategy’.

The Vector SE trim level looks well equipped, offering leather/textile trim, front and rear park assist, rain-sensing wipers, 17in alloys, electronic climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth, auto-dimming rear view mirror, ipod integration, heated front seats and push-button starting.

The Aero specification adds sports chassis tuning, 19in wheels, specific ‘Aero’ front and rear bumpers, twin tailpipes, bi-xenon headlights, electric leather sports seats, alloy pedals.

Other options available include an automatic gearbox, head-Up display, adaptive bi-xenon lights, a Harman Kardon audio system, DAB radio, adaptive cruise control and keyless entry. Prices for the auto box have yet to be set.

The 9-5 arrives a fortuitous time for Saab, just as Audi’s current A6 reaches the end of its life. During the development of the new 9-5, Saab’s marketing experts emphasized that most ‘cross shopping’ by its target audience was between the Audi and Saab brands. Saab is hoping to steal a significant number of ex-Audi owners with this new car.

The Saab 9-5 Sport Combi estate is expected to make its debut in the first half of 2011.

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24 March 2010

Glad to see this car getting the light of day! however it does start off at a hefty price, i hope its successful though! getting fed up seeing Audi's on the road lets hope it does become a familiar site on our roads

24 March 2010

Given the cost of the same-platform Insignia (£20K) and equivalent Mondeo (£24K) the Saab looks rather expensive.

What happened to all the dealers? Are they still running a Saab franchise? If I were the M.D. of one I'd have jumped ship long ago.

24 March 2010

Pricing is certainly high, but I'm sure it won't be long before they are available with big discounts.

Looking forward to seeing the new 9-5 in the showroom, but it looks like it's going to be much longer than the outgoing model.

24 March 2010

I'm sure I would be right in thinking that the majority of Audi customers are not going to just jump straight in the new SAAB. I think SAAB are fully aware of that too. A lot of old SAAB customers have defected to Audi over the years and it's these customers who SAAB will be looking to try and win back.

At £37,995 the 300hp 2.8 Aero with XWD starts £240 more that Audi's 290hp 3.0i Quattro in S-line trim. There's a lot of factors at play and questions will be asked to whether the perceived extra money is warranted? The new 9-5 has the power advantage and the torque-vectoring AWD system is apparently the market leader; yes it's reported to be better than Quattro.

Spec the 2 cars identically and the A6 comes out being £2,850 more than the 9-5 at nearly £41,000. However; the Audi does produce 50g of CO2 less per 100km and that may just be a winning factor for company car owners. Although on the other-side; driving the 9-5 will give you the exclusivity a car in this price range deserves.

24 March 2010

Anyone at Autocar able to give a clue when the car will actually be driven?

24 March 2010

What's the space like in the back? Is it as roomy as a Superb?

24 March 2010

ok SAAB, this is how it goes, few people believe you'll be around for very long, so in order to get people into the showroom, price your new 9-5 at a sensible level, so you can actually sell some & generate cash flow, sorry this might be a technical business plan, but hey it might work. If you price the 9-5 too high, people are going to go past your dealerships & head for actual premium brands such as BMW/Audi/Merc etc....

24 March 2010

[quote marktobin]ok SAAB, this is how it goes, few people believe you'll be around for very long[/quote] I think this takeover is the most convincing we've seen for a long time. It's the passion of the Spyker guy that I think will drive SAAB forward. I think prices for the 9-5 are a tad on the high side (base Audi A6 costs £25820), but it looks very well equipped, and it certainly looks more unusual than an A6 or 5-Series. I'd be happy with a 9-5, just knowing it's something a bit different, with some interesting technology. However, I think the Estate will be quite a looker, so I'm looking forward to seeing that. Well done SAAB for pressing on with the launch, though.

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24 March 2010

[quote ThwartedEfforts]

Given the cost of the same-platform Insignia (£20K) and equivalent Mondeo (£24K) the Saab looks rather expensive.

[/quote] Indeed, much as the A6 looks pricey compared with a Passat or Superb, but then the 9-5 and A6 are presented as premium cars, rather more exclusive, and in the Saab's case, better spec'd versions of a similar sized family car?

I'm sure you don't mean to be naive, but this is a platform engineering world we live in now, indeed VAG are the masters of sharing underpinnings and presumably you're OK with that, so why the problem with Saab making use of the (recognised) superior Insignia underpinnings?

24 March 2010

[quote saaby]

I'm sure you don't mean to be naive, but this is a platform engineering world we live in now, indeed VAG are the masters of sharing underpinnings and presumably you're OK with that, so why the problem with Saab making use of the (recognised) superior Insignia underpinnings?[/quote]

"Superior" to what and in whose eyes?

What's naive is the belief that Saab can pin a 5-Series-sized price tag to this car as a means of legitimising its status as a desirable product. People won't buy it - in all senses of the word.

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