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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
Rear 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
Diesel Fuel Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo Aspiration Turbo
1995 cc
Displacement 1910 cc
163 hp
Power 150 hp
350 Nm
Torque 305 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1575 kg
Vehicle weight 1555 kg
8.9 s
Acc. 0-100 10.7 s
218 km/h
Top speed 205 km/h
8.3 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 9.0 l/100km
4.8 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.6 l/100km
6.1 l/100km
Cons. (average) 6.8 l/100km
162 g/km
CO2 emissions 184 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 6 gears
automatic - 5 gears
1595 kg
Vehicle weight 1590 kg
8.9 s
Acc. 0-100 11.7 s
218 km/h
Top speed 200 km/h
9.6 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 10.4 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.9 l/100km
7.1 l/100km
Cons. (average) 7.6 l/100km
189 g/km
CO2 emissions 204 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 diesel 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 (rear for the BMW and front in the case of the SAAB). The first one has a BMW-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 163hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 150hp engine designed by FIAT.

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 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 it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. Furthermore, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the German car offers a marginal difference of 1% 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. 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. The same official information place 5 Series 23% below average, and 9-5 19% above the first one. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the German car rank it on average as 4.5, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.2 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

BMW is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.8 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 218 kilometers per hour, 13km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the German car, averaging around 6.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (46 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 11% difference compared to the Swedish car.

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, the Swedish car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different direction, with BMW being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! It's not difficult to say then that if I'd need to make a choice, it would definitely be the BMW. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. 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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