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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
fine headroom and legroom
the tailgate leaves considerable gaps where it shuts”
Falls somewhat short in the areas of ride comfort
Kelley Blue Book
The 2009 Saab 9-7X suffers from a few atypical oversights—again, because this is merely a dressed-up, outdated GM SUV design—but otherwise exhibits Saab’s usual high-quality accents.
The 2009 Saab 9-7X offers a quality ride and comfortable surroundings for its five passengers, but it didn’t appease all reviewers. ConsumerGuide praises the "fine headroom and legroom" up front, as well as the "good headroom and knee space" found in the backseat. However, they point out that the "generally comfortable" rear bench seat "disappointingly lacks the supportive contour found in Saab's 9-3 and 9-5 cars." Kelley Blue Book finds that the "sport-styled seats" are "comfortable," though ConsumerGuide feels that "firmer cushions would give better support."
According to Cars.com, the 2009 Saab 9-7X provides impressive amounts of cargo space, saying that the 9-7X boasts "80.1 cubic inches of maximum cargo volume—more than most of its competitors" with the second row folded down. ConsumerGuide agrees, finding that "cargo room is OK with the rear seatback in place and generous with it folded," and the front cabin features "a nice array of small-item storage space."
Unfortunately, build and materials quality on the Saab 9-7X is a haphazard mix, reflecting the compromises between Saab’s improvements and the original GM vehicles that it’s still assembled alongside. Edmunds.com finds that the interior of the 9-7X Saab has received a pleasant makeover, but it is definitely possible to "recognize the vehicle's GM underpinnings—which tend to cheapen the Saab 9-7X next to stylishly sophisticated rivals like the Touareg and XC90." Cars.com points out that "the tailgate leaves considerable gaps where it shuts, and the fender flares are little more than molded strips. These sorts of detail lapses might be acceptable from a lesser brand, but luxury shoppers expect more." On the other hand, reviewers at ConsumerGuide rave about the sound characteristics of the 2009 Saab 9-7X, which they say has "more sound insulation than its GM cousins" and "noticeably less wind and road noise than many crossovers or traditional SUVs."
The 2009 Saab 9-7X is reasonably comfortable, but it doesn't live up to the quality or reputation of the brand.