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Make
Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2007. - 2010.
E - Luxury car
wagon, 5 door
4 x 4
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2006. - 2010.
E - Luxury car
wagon, 5 door
Front

Dimensons & Volumes

4843 mm
1846 mm
1491 mm
500 liters
1650 liters
70 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4841 mm
1792 mm
1459 mm
416 liters
1490 liters
75 liters

Engine

Petrol
6 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
2996 cc
218 hp
270 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
2290 cc
220 hp
310 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1695 kg
8.2 s
233 km/h
11.8 l/100km
6.4 l/100km
8.4 l/100km
201 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1525 kg
8.3 s
230 km/h
12.8 l/100km
6.4 l/100km
8.8 l/100km
211 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 6 gears
1715 kg
8.5 s
230 km/h
11.7 l/100km
6.5 l/100km
8.4 l/100km
201 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 5 gears
1560 kg
9.2 s
225 km/h
15.5 l/100km
7.3 l/100km
10.3 l/100km
247 g/km

Expenses

10500 EUR
694 - 862 EUR
Price from
Tax
4800 EUR
428 - 529 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 5-door wagon body style within the same 'Luxury car' segment, the only major difference here really is their wheel drive configuration (4 x 4 for the BMW and front in the case of the SAAB). The first one has a BMW-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 218hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 220hp engine designed by SAAB.

Safety

The first thing to look into here would be the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests performed on the two cars. Good thing is that both vehicles got tested, with the SAAB being a slightly better choice apparently. 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 that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. Furthermore, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the German car offers a considerable difference of 11% 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, at least on all of the models level. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of BMW with an average rating of 4.3, and models under the SAAB badge with 4.5 out of 5. Independent research findings rank 5 Series 23% below average, and 9-5 19% above the first one. That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as the German car rank it on average as 4.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

BMW is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.1 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 233 kilometers per hour, 3km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 8.6 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (33 mpg), in combined cycle.

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 this case though, it seems that both cars show similar levels of passenger protection all together, so that won't break a tie. But one thing that actually could is the performance, with BMW offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! I believe that, when we take all into account, we have only one winner here - the BMW. 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. 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, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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