What is it?
This car is the UK market entry-level Saab 9-5, the model that needs to crack open the hard-fought corporate market for premium executive cars.
This car is priced to within a few hundred pounds of the entry-level 170bhp diesel Audi A6, but offers a slightly plusher spec (heated seats and front and rear parking sensors are standard) and a bit more space.
After struggling for years with the ancient first-generation 9-5, Saab is looking for conquest sales of all premium brand owners Audi drivers are thought to be the most likely to switch to Saab ownership.
It’s powered by the 2.0-litre, 157bhp, turbodiesel engine familiar from the Vauxhall Insignia, but the motor has undergone extensive changes to improve the below-par refinement.
Saab’s engineers have added extra insulation behind the dashboard and sound deadening in the oil pan as well changing the fuel pump’s mounting bracket.