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2007. - 2010. Production 2006. - 2010.
E - Luxury car Vehicle class E - Luxury car
wagon, 5 door Body style wagon, 5 door
4 x 4 Wheel drive Front
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4843 mm
Length 4841 mm
1846 mm
Width 1792 mm
1491 mm
Height 1459 mm
500 liters
Boot (min) 416 liters
1650 liters
Boot (max) 1490 liters
70 liters
Fuel tank 75 liters
Engine
Petrol Fuel Petrol
6 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Turbo
2996 cc
Displacement 2290 cc
218 hp
Power 220 hp
270 Nm
Torque 310 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1695 kg
Vehicle weight 1525 kg
8.2 s
Acc. 0-100 8.3 s
233 km/h
Top speed 230 km/h
11.8 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 12.8 l/100km
6.4 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.4 l/100km
8.4 l/100km
Cons. (average) 8.8 l/100km
201 g/km
CO2 emissions 211 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 6 gears
automatic - 5 gears
1715 kg
Vehicle weight 1560 kg
8.5 s
Acc. 0-100 9.2 s
230 km/h
Top speed 225 km/h
11.7 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 15.5 l/100km
6.5 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 7.3 l/100km
8.4 l/100km
Cons. (average) 10.3 l/100km
201 g/km
CO2 emissions 247 g/km
Expenses
10500 EUR
Price from 4800 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

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the SAAB being a slightly better choice apparently. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. 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, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the German car offers a considerable difference of 11% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that SAAB does have a slight advantage, at least on all of the models level. These are the official statistics, 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. Some independent research have also placed 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. 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. 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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