SAAB GOES DUTCH

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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