2008 Saab 9-7X

2008 Saab 9-7X Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Saab 9-7X was new.

The 2008 Saab 9-7X is a handsome SUV with European refinement. Unfortunately, it can't match the safety, performance, or value of others in its class and ranks near the bottom.

5.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 5.0
Performance: 6.3
Interior: 6.9
Safety: 6.6
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

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  • Outdated four-speed automatic transmission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

2008 Saab 9-7X Overview

According to most reviewers, the 9-7X is a solid, yet imperfect, attempt by Saab to enter the SUV market. U.S. News' reviewer Rick Newman explains: "It falls short in some areas where luxury vehicles should do better. First, the 9-7X gets only a three-star rating, out of five, on the government's frontal crash test for the driver's side -- the most important seating position. That's the same rating the TrailBlazer gets -- and it's not good enough. And as comfy as the 9-7X is, competitors like the Lexus RX330 and BMW X3 are slicker, with better road manners."

  • "Overall, the Saab 9-7X offers a lot of value for $40,000, which comes in the form of luxury and safety features." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "It's loaded as standard, and the V-8-engined 9-7X is substantially cheaper than a comparably equipped Volvo XC90 V-8." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The 9-7X is an unconvincing and overpriced badge job of the Chevy TrailBlazer. However, its revised suspension calms excess body motions, and a quicker steering ratio helps on-center feel. But the 395-hp TrailBlazer SS also benefits from these upgrades and is better in every way." -- Car and Driver
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