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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
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2010. - 2012.
E - Luxury car
wagon, 5 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2013. - 2016.
E - Luxury car
wagon, 5 door
front

Marketing

Dimensons & Outlines

5010 mm
1868 mm
1484 mm
527 liters
1600 liters
70 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4814 mm
1861 mm
1547 mm
575 liters
1600 liters
70 liters
2010 SAAB 9-5 Estate
2013 Volvo V70

Engine

Opel / General Motors
2.0 A20NHT
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1998 cc
220 hp
350 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Mazda / Ford
2.0 LF-VD Turbo
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1999 cc
240 hp
340 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1710 kg
8.3 s
235 km/h
l/100km
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
 
kg
s
km/h
l/100km
l/100km
l/100km
g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 6 gears
1735 kg
8.7 s
230 km/h
l/100km
l/100km
8.7 l/100km
206 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 8 gears
1580 kg
6.7 s
230 km/h
9.0 l/100km
5.4 l/100km
6.7 l/100km
156 g/km

Expenses

8800 EUR
Price from
10000 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 5-door wagon 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 Opel-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 220hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 240hp engine designed by Mazda.

Safety

A starting point here would be to take a look at the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests which were performed on both of the cars, 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, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? Furthermore, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, 9-5 offers a marginal difference of 8% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, 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 Volvo badge with 4.6 out of 5. The same official information place 9-5 as average reliability-wise, and V70 is more or less at the same level.That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as 9-5 rank it on average as 4.3 out of 5, exactly the same as the other one.

Performance & Fuel economy

Volvo is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.6 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 230 kilometers per hour, 5km/h less than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be V70, averaging around 6.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (42 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 16% difference compared to 9-5.


Verdict

SAAB 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, 9-5 offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different direction, with Volvo being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. 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 Volvo. 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. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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