Inside, the dashboard has elements that recall Saab's cars — like crisscrossing air vents and a center console-mounted keyhole — but the overall shape still took form six years ago in a TrailBlazer. A third-row seat is not offered. Moisture entered through the door and caused the issue. The Saab 9-7X also comes with sport-tuned suspension as standard equipment. In back, the three-seat second row sits low to the ground, which left me short on thigh support. It turns effortlessly, rendering course changes without undue sloppiness, and it firms up at higher speeds, imparting more carlike responses. The 9-7X's raft of standard features, including an electronic stability system, deserves some credit, but many competitors offer similar equipment — not to mention a third-row seat, better front crash-test ratings and superior gas mileage.
I had no trouble hustling from 60 to 70 mph in fourth gear at 2,200 rpm. You'll need to flip the cushions forward to stow the flaps, then repeat the whole maneuver next time. Find sources: — · · · · May 2008 Saab 9-7X Overview Manufacturer Production 2004-2008 2005-2009 Assembly , Body and chassis 4-door , Related Powertrain 4. A touchscreen navigation system was available as an optional feature. Steer through a twisty corner too fast, and the rear wheels can slip even while the suspension maintains its poise. In 2008, the electrical system in the doors were covered in plastic to protect them.
The steering wheel feels more communicative than most in this class, but that isn't saying much. On all but the smoothest pavement, highway speeds are accompanied by a discomforting case of the jitters. The remain the same: A 4. Most of the exterior styling on the Saab 9-7X and on the Buick Rainier was a direct transfer from the discontinued Bravada, except for a front fascia designed to resemble other Saab vehicles. Even with a cylinder deactivation feature that cuts fuel delivery under low-load conditions, the 9-7X 5. In back, however, it's the same old story: The tailgate leaves considerable gaps where it shuts, and the fender flares are little more than molded strips.
The 9-7X's gas mileage ranks about even with its truck-based competitors but is noticeably worse than the crossovers. My test car had the V-8, which proved to be an excellent motivator. There is no hiding the fact that the 9-7X is built on dated architecture. Thanks to the engine's prodigious torque, the transmission seldom needs to downshift, so passing power is seamless. Partly to blame is the four-speed automatic.
For the 2006 model year, the Linear trim level was renamed as the 4. Anyone more than a few inches over 6 feet could get cramped, however, as the seats don't move back very far. Inside, all outboard seats have. Saab had also added a lower ride height, firmer springs and shock absorbers, larger brakes with steel front calipers, a strengthened frame, steering revisions and a thicker front stabilizer bar. With the second row folded, the 9-7X offers 80.
Its frontal crash-test ratings leave something to be desired, too. Five- and six-speed transmissions have rapidly become the norm, and they offer incrementally better fuel economy — as high as 8 percent better than four-speed gearboxes, according to Automotive News. Obviously, he is not a journalist. The front seats feel comfortably wide and good for the long haul. The Saab 9-7X also comes with standard 18-inch sport wheels with 18-inch tires as well.
The four-speed automatic wastes little time reaching top gear, though its shifts sometimes feel abrupt along the way. Both engines team with a four-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive is standard. All Saab 9-7X vehicles came with all-wheel drive as standard equipment. A self-leveling rear air suspension was also added. Legroom in the outboard seats is adequate. These sorts of detail lapses might be acceptable from a lesser brand, but luxury shoppers expect more.
The Saab 9-7X equipped with the V8 engine has the capability to tow up to 6,500 lb 2,948 kg. The HomeLink system with the garage door opener and a voice recorder was standard on the Saab 9-7X as well. After a moment of accelerator lag, there's plenty of oomph right from the start, and the power builds smoothly as you speed up. Its frontal crash-test ratings leave something to be desired, too. This article needs additional citations for. There isn't much storage space, either, with a small glove compartment and narrow door pockets. All Saab 9-7X vehicles come with all-wheel drive as standard equipment.