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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
Diesel Fuel Diesel
6 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo Aspiration Turbo
2993 cc
Displacement 1910 cc
197 hp
Power 150 hp
400 Nm
Torque 305 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1745 kg
Vehicle weight 1555 kg
8.1 s
Acc. 0-100 10.7 s
228 km/h
Top speed 205 km/h
9.1 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 9.0 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.6 l/100km
6.9 l/100km
Cons. (average) 6.8 l/100km
184 g/km
CO2 emissions 184 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 6 gears
automatic - 5 gears
1755 kg
Vehicle weight 1590 kg
8.3 s
Acc. 0-100 11.7 s
228 km/h
Top speed 200 km/h
9.2 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 10.4 l/100km
5.7 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.9 l/100km
7.0 l/100km
Cons. (average) 7.6 l/100km
187 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 (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 197hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 150hp engine designed by FIAT.

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, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. Furthermore, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the German car offers a considerable difference of 12% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that SAAB does have a slight advantage, all the models observed together. 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. 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 2.6 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 228 kilometers per hour, 23km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 6.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (41 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 being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... It's really tough to make a final decision here, but if I'd need to, I'd say SAAB. 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. 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 thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.
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