A Very Good Premium Compact
By Love2Drive on
2005 Saab 9-2X Aero 4dr Sport Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
This is a quality entry in the premium compact class. First, identify what you want. If you love driving, have a preference for European cars or European styling, and don't want to spend a fortune, you have come to the right place. This car has been tastefully upgraded by SAAB, and is not really a competitor to the Subaru WRX, but a new entry in what is expected to be a rapidly growing category...the premium compact class. Think a fast Audi, with comparable handling, but at a base level Audi price. You will likely not find even the upcoming Audi A3 at this price, with this performance. This car offers very good performance and handling, huge utility, good looks, at a reasonable price.
Nice and fast with the 5 speed. Beautiful front end styling, good overall, but it is a hatchback/wagon. Very responsive handling in a nice small package, but with great storage. Interior very tasteful, charcoal and titanium accents. Excellent Xenon lights, heated seats, and sunroof. Nice snarl.
You have to like a sporty driving position as there is no armrest or doorest that still positions your hands on the wheel. Sport package makes ride very firm. Seats not as comfortable as other SAABS. Premium sound system isn't very good. The engine is nothing to look at, pure Japanese mess of hoses.