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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2007. - 2012.
D - Large family car
sedan, 4 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2005. - 2009.
D - Large family car
sedan, 4 door
rear

Dimensons & Volumes

4647 mm
1802 mm
1450 mm
425 liters
425 liters
58 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4575 mm
1800 mm
1440 mm
378 liters
378 liters
65 liters

Engine

Opel / General Motors
2.0 Z20NET HP
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1998 cc
210 hp
300 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Petrol
6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
2499 cc
207 hp
252 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1435 kg
7.7 s
235 km/h
11.1 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
7.8 l/100km
185 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1570 kg
8.1 s
230 km/h
13.5 l/100km
7.7 l/100km
9.8 l/100km
231 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 5 gears
1460 kg
9.1 s
230 km/h
13.7 l/100km
6.5 l/100km
9.1 l/100km
218 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 6 gears
1560 kg
8.4 s
225 km/h
12.7 l/100km
7.0 l/100km
9.1 l/100km
214 g/km

Expenses

3190 EUR
Price from
4950 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Two significantly similar cars, no doubt about that. Still, each one has something different to offer. Having both cars powered by petrol engines and utilizing the 4-door sedan body style within the same 'Large family car' segment, the only major difference here really is their wheel drive configuration (front for the SAAB and rear in the case of the Lexus). The first one has a Opel-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 210hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 207hp engine designed by Toyota.

Safety

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the same number of safety stars gained in the process. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. Both vehicles belong to the large family car segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. On the other hand, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the Japanese car offers a marginal difference of 9% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Lexus does have a slight advantage, when all the models are taken into account. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of SAAB with an average rating of 4.1, and models under the Lexus badge with 5.0 out of 5. Independent research findings rank 9-3 as average reliability-wise, and IS is more or less at the same level.Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the Swedish car rank it on average as 5.0 out of 5, exactly the same as the other one.

Performance & Fuel economy

SAAB is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.4 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 235 kilometers per hour, 5km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy an obvious choice would be the Swedish car, averaging around 7.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (36 mpg), in combined cycle. That's 26% difference compared to the Japanese car!


Verdict

Lexus appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the Japanese car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different direction, with SAAB offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but SAAB. Nevertheless, let's not forget that people have different preferences and needs, so what really counts is your personal feel. I'm only here to help. I suggest you spend two more minutes in order to find out which car, based on your needs and budget, would be picked by the virtual adviser, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.

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