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Make
Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2006. - 2010.
E - Luxury car
sedan, 4 door
Front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2004. - 2008.
E - Luxury car
sedan, 4 door
Front

Dimensons & Volumes

4836 mm
1792 mm
1448 mm
500 liters
500 liters
75 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4916 mm
1855 mm
1459 mm
546 liters
546 liters
70 liters

Engine

Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
2290 cc
185 hp
280 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Volkswagen
2.4
Petrol
6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
2393 cc
177 hp
230 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1470 kg
8.3 s
230 km/h
12.8 l/100km
6.6 l/100km
8.9 l/100km
212 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1525 kg
8.9 s
231 km/h
14.3 l/100km
7.1 l/100km
9.7 l/100km
233 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 5 gears
1505 kg
9.5 s
225 km/h
14.8 l/100km
7.2 l/100km
10.0 l/100km
238 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
cvt - gears
1555 kg
9.2 s
226 km/h
13.7 l/100km
7.1 l/100km
9.6 l/100km
229 g/km

Expenses

4800 EUR
428 - 529 EUR
Price from
Tax
5900 EUR
428 - 465 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the luxury car segment and utilize the same 4-door sedan body style and the front wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific petrol engine choice they offer. The first one has a SAAB-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 185hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 177hp engine designed by Volkswagen.

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 luxury car segment, which is generally a very good thing safety-wise, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. On the other hand, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the German car offers a marginal difference of 4% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that SAAB does have a slight advantage, when all the models are taken into account. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of SAAB with an average rating of 4.1, and models under the Audi badge with 4.2 out of 5. Independent research findings rank 9-5 4% below average, and A6 39% below the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the Swedish car rank it on average as 3.0 out of 5, exactly the same as the other one.

Performance & Fuel economy

SAAB is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.6 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 230 kilometers per hour, 1km/h less than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the Swedish car, averaging around 8.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (32 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 9% difference compared to the German car.

Verdict

SAAB is apparently more reliable, not too much, but just enough. 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 German 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. Anyway, that's the most objective conclusion I could've came up with and it's based solely on the information found on this website. Aspects such as design, practicality, brand value and driving experience are there for you to measure them out. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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