However at 52k its not very comparable, thats teh base price. Factor in the premium package, sport package, premium audio (in fairness the 5 has a pretty good base audio, so w/e), adaptive suspension, ventilated seats, navigation, heads up display, lane departure warning, advanced parking (don't even know if they offer that on the 5) the 9-5 a good price for what you get. IIRC that puts the 5 at close to 60 if not more.Sorry. I am referring to the Aero spec which starts at $49,565. The comparable BMW 535i xDrive starts at $52,400. Both have AWD and similar hp/tq and mpg numbers so they're usually the best models to compare.
But yeah you're right, the base model 9-5 being reviewed here starts at a hair under $40k.
EDIT: Just built a 535xi on bmwusa.com
A car equipped package wise as close to the 9-5 as possible (wasn't able to option the premium audio on the 535 without adding the 4000 premium package 2, and ventilated seats aren't an option without gettings the multicontour seats which are really expensive because of the adjustments and massage, so i left that out). The 5 series comes out at $71350 for the similarly equipped 9-5's $58225 (loaded aero minus the u-rail). Pretty substantial difference. The Saab has ventilated seats in this config, the BMW does not, i added the 4 zone climate control on the 5 because the 9-5 has a 3rd zone with the rear entertainment pack. So advantage BMW for 1 extra zone of climate, and yes, the bmw is more refined, and the quality of the interior IMO is higher.... However, its not $13000 more IMO.
Advantage, Saab overall IMO.
Feature differences FTMP, Saab ventilated seats, BMW no. Bmw 4 zone climate, Saab 3.
Otherwise they were very comparable.
Spec sheets below
SaabMy 535i xDrive SedanDetails
3.0 liter, 6-cylinder engine with TwinPower Turbo technology
xDrive, intelligent all-wheel-drive
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Venetian Beige Dakota Leather
Dark wood trim
Driver Assistance Package
Dynamic Handling Package
Sport automatic transmission with shift paddles
4-zone automatic climate control
Comfort Access keyless entry
Heated front seats
Split fold-down-rear seat
iPod and USB adapter
Satellite radio with 1 year subscription
Park Distance Control
Destination & Handling:
BMW Ultimate Service™
A suite of premium benefits that are included at no cost with all new BMW Vehicles.
4 Years/50,000 Miles Warranty
4 Years/50,000 Miles Maintenance Program
4 Years/Unlimited Mileage Roadside Assistance
4 Years/Unlimited Mileage BMW Assist™ Safety Plan
Total MSRP as Built$71,350
also you'll notice more stuff checked off on the 5. Theres more stuff listed as standard on the 9-5, i tried not to let anything out, or overequip either, i think its a pretty fair comparison. As i said before i do think the BMW is a better overall vehicle at that equipment level, just not worth the extra premium.
- 1. Model
- 2. Trim Level & Engine
- 3. Exterior & Interior
- 4. Options
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Saab 9-5 Sedan Aero Turbo6 (300) XWD Aut$ 49565
Exterior & Interior
Arctic White solid Leather sport ventilated upholstery, Parchment / Cabin: Jet Black$ 695
Alloy wheel 10-spoke Turbine 19 x 8.5"$ 750
Saab Infotainment Navigation$ 2395
harman/kardon® Surround Sound system$ 995
Technology package (Aero)$ 1695
Rear seat package$ 2130
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