SAAB GOES DUTCH
It is: All-new roomy fiveseater large saloon from Trolhattan, Sweden.
Motors: Choice of two diesel and three petrol turbo motors sourced from GM.
Test car: £29,235 with automatic gears and navigation.
Good: Attracted favourable comment and lots of glances so there is an audience out there. Spacious interior and luggage carrier. Leaves the old-shape 9-5 behind but retains some signatures such as the flat roof line over the doors.
Less good: Comfort and refinement lacking on country roads and surface-related intolerance, which may be ameliorated with the regular 17in wheels and deeper tyres. Automatic gears savage the carbon emissions. Turbo whine is irritating.
Economy: Saab quotes 30.3mpg urban, 53.2mpg out of town and 41.5mpg overall. On test: 20mpg urban, 45mpg motorway, overall 38mpg. CO2: taxed at 179g/km.
More: 01234 756824.
Or: BMW 520d SE from £28,155 plus £1,495 with eight automatic gears. It produces 184hp for a 0-62mph time of just 8.1 seconds and with CO2 emissions of just 137g/km seals the fate of the Saab diesel auto with business users who are taxed on CO2.