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Saab 9-5 SportCombi Review: 2008 Saab 9-5 SportCombi: An offbeat auto

Sports cars have always been the fascination for everyone over their conventional counterparts. However if a normal car has the features of the sports one, it is even more captivating. Cars coming out from the Saab stable sometimes have a perfect blend of both the categories. Same is the case with their recent launch, 2008 Saab 9-5 SportCombi 2.3T.

Most experts believe that the first look or the exterior of the car is the most important aspect for a buyer to get attracted towards it. With attractive looks and rocking control panels, 2008 Saab 9-5 SportCombi 2.3T seems perfect. Its front and rear bumpers are so well crafted that not only do they add to its looks, they also have the capacity to absorb and suppress impacts at the speed of 5 mph. Its rearview mirrors are body colored and power adjustable.

2008 Saab 9-5 SportCombi 2.3T has a 16 valve 2.3 liter I4 standard engine with a power of 260 hp. It gives 18 mpg within the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Again, its transmission can be 5-speed automatic and adaptive, which is the conventional option. However on option, it could be manual and interactive. The steering column within the car has tilt and telescopic properties.

Interior of 2008 Saab 9-5 SportCombi 2.3T is covered with carpet with separate ones being provided for front and rear. To keep the interior air clean and healthy, air filters are used. Again, separate climate control is provided for both the front and the rear portion of the car. The interior of the car is illuminated on entry and is well lit.

Comfort is always a primary concern while taking a long drive and in case of 2008 Saab 9-5 SportCombi 2.3T, it is properly looked at. The seats are made of leather having bucket type front seats along with adjustable headrest and armrests. Apart from the leathered seats, it has an illuminated as well as lockable glove-box. There are black rails on the outside along with 4 cup- holders inside. Console storage is located on the floor along with storage space mounted on the doors and behind the seats.

There are other power outlets at both ends with distributor-less ignition along with independent suspensions at both ends having shock absorbers and coil springs. The braking system is supported by electronic brake-force distribution and ventilated disc brakes control system for vehicle stability.

Safety is well taken care of in 2008 Saab 9-5 SportCombi 2.3T by providing airbags, both for driver as well as passenger along with crumple zone and powered door locks. There are front-side airbags for protecting the head. Stolen-vehicle tracking system, anti-theft radio and remote controlled gadgets are amongst other important accessories of the car.

2008 Saab 9-5 SportCombi 2.3T is a true combination of a luxury car with sporty features and is bound to leave an impact on your mind after the first test drive.

Tech Specs

Body: 4-door wagon

Engine: 2.3 liter I4 260 hp

Transmission: 5-speed automatic (conventional) or 5-speed manual (if desired)

Torque: 258 units

Power: 260 hp

Tires: SBRP235/45VR17


For: Its comfort feature and sporty look are bound to leave you captivated

Against: Its transmission features can be increased for making it to stand out tall amongst its competitors


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