The all-new 2011 Saab 9-4X is the one of the last vehicles designed before the break from GM, but it does not have enough reviews at this time to receive a valid Total Car Score.
The 9-4X is built in Mexico alongside its former family members, but reviewers noted the unique quirks based on the “Born From Jets” heritage of Saab vehicles. Wraparound seating, aircraft-inspired vents, green-lit gauges and unique control buttons are designed to evoke the feeling of being a pilot, while Saab describes the exterior sheet metal as “fuselage inspired.”
The brand-new 2011 Saab 9-4X also gets compliments for its styling, but a lack of interior space and a price that can easily exceed $50,000 for the top-of-the-line Aero trim hurts its ability to compete in the Entry Luxury SUV class.
Unfortunately, the limited reviews available are not very positive about either the 3.0-liter V6 or the turbocharged 2.8-liter V6, with complaints focusing on a lack of responsiveness and 0-60 times around 8 seconds (slow for this class of vehicle).
The 2011 Saab 9-4X is available is three trims: 3.0i, 3.0i Premium and Aero, all of which are available with Saab’s “XWD” full-time all-wheel-drive system (3.0i and 3.0i Premium versions are also available in front-wheel drive).
The 3.0i model come equipped with standards features like a power driver’s seat, OnStar, Bluetooth for phones and a 7-speaker audio system with USB and headphone jack inputs. The Premium trim adds remote engine start, keyless entry, a Bose 5.1 surround sound system with 10 speakers and heated front seats.
The top-of the-line Aero trim gets all the Premium features along with the turbocharged engine, sport-inspired interior trim and a standard rearview monitor. All trims include unique safety features such as Saab active head restraints, anti-pinch windows and breakaway foot pedals.
Two engines are available for the 2011 Saab 9-4X, a 3.0-liter V6 with 265 horsepower and 223 pound-feet of torque on 3.0i models or a turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 good for 300 hp and 295 pound-feet of torque on Aeros. Both engines are connected to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual gear selection.
Both the 3.0-liter V6 and the turbocharged 2.8L V6 use Regular octane fuel. The 3.0-liter FWD trims are rated at 18 mpg city/25 highway/20 combined while the 3.0-liter trims with AWD are rated at 17/23/19 mpg. The turbocharged 2.8-liter AWD Aero is rated 15/22/18 mpg.
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