2007 Saab 9-7X

2007 Saab 9-7X Review

Note: This review was created when the 2007 Saab 9-7X was new.

The 9-7X delivers a unique exterior look and a spacious interior, but can't match the safety, performance or value of others in its class. If you're in the market for a luxury midsize SUV, you should also consider the highly rated Lexus RX and Infiniti FX.

5.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 4.7
Performance: 6.4
Interior: 6.9
Safety: 7.7
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Generous interior space
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Outdated four-speed automatic transmission
  • Truck-based platform compromises performance

2007 Saab 9-7X Overview

The 2007 Saab 9-7X, according to most reviewers, is a solid attempt by its manufacturer to enter the SUV market. MSN calls it an "overdue" endeavor for Saab, praising the 9-7X for being "distinctive and fun to drive," and the Chicago Sun-Times notes its "upscale interior." However, as U.S. News' reviewer Rick Newman writes, "It falls short in some areas where luxury vehicles should do better."

Many reviewers feel that the 9-7X does not compare favorably with the competition. "Don't let the sleek styling fool you: With its truck-based underpinnings, outdated drivetrain and drab interior, Saab's all-wheel-drive 9-7X is an archetype of yesterday's midsize SUV -- powerful and comfortable, but inefficient and rough around the edges," says Cars.comKelley Blue Book adds, "Saab engineers have produced a vehicle that looks the part, but falls somewhat short of the mark in the areas of ride comfort and engine refinement. Still, for Saab loyalists looking for something bigger than a SportCombi, the 9-7X has much to offer, including an off-road and towing ability no Saab car can possibly match."

Opinions are mixed on whether or not the 2007 Saab 9-7X is a good value. According to U.S. News' Rick Newman, "you don't have to pony up a lot of extra cash to get the 9-7X outfitted the way you want." New Car Test Drive agrees, writing "Overall, the Saab 9-7X offers a lot of value for $40,000, which comes in the form of luxury and safety features." Automobile Magazine adds, "It's loaded as standard, and the V-8-engined 9-7X is substantially cheaper than a comparably equipped Volvo XC90 V-8." However, Car and Driver calls the 9-7X "overpriced" and IntelliChoice gives it a "worse than average" value rating for its predicted five-year total cost of ownership, compared to other vehicles in its class.

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