2011 Saab 9-4X
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2011 Saab 9-4X Interior
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Reviewers note that the Saab 9-4X’s interior quality and list of standard features stand out among other luxury carmakers. They appreciate that the interior is very distinct from the Cadillac SRX’s, with which the 9-4X was co-developed. However, the auto press has mixed feelings about the placement of the keyless ignition button in the center console by the driver’s right thigh. Some are glad to see that this traditional Saab feature has carried through to a new model, while others feel that the location is so ergonomically frustrating that the button should be moved.
- "In stark contrast to the heavy controls is the level of luxury Saab has built into the 9-4x. Saab is shooting for big players like Audi and BMW, so there was no room to compromise. From the very top, designers started with a large panoramic roof. Even under dark, rainy D.C. skies, the interior feels light and open. Even if customers don't opt for the giant roof, Saab's traditional wraparound cockpit greenhouse allows for plenty of outward visibility.” -- Motor Trend
- "Observed fit and finish on our charcoal-cabined prototype was very good, though the 9-4X suffers from the same poor 'Night Panel' switchgear placement (exactly where most people expect to find a start button) and somewhat somber character.” -- Autoblog
The 2011 Saab 9-4X seats five. Reviewers say that the front seats are both supportive enough for sporty driving and comfortable enough for an everyday commute. Heated and ventilated front seats are standard on Premium and Aero trims, and heated rear seats are options on the two higher trims. The back seat can recline, which is unusual in this class, and reviewers say that rearward passengers will have plenty of head room. Seats in all trim levels are covered in perforated leather.
- "That higher roofline means even adults have plenty of headroom in back. Our towering marketing engineer couldn't complain about leg- or headroom in back for his day of journalistic-driven terror. It was so roomy, we even let him in the front passenger seat so we could experience life from behind the DVD monitor-equipped headrests.” -- Motor Trend
- "Seating is firmer and more supportive than the Caddy, but remains typically Saab comfortable.” -- Autoblog
Reviewers feel that the Saab 9-4X offers a surprising amount of value and quality for the money. All trims come with standard push-button ignition and keyless entry, since a center console-mounted push-button ignition is a feature that’s key to Saab’s brand.
The base 3.0i model comes standard with faux wood trim, leather seats and door inserts, Bluetooth, a USB and auxiliary audio input and a long list of optional equipment. Options like front and rear park assist, rear seat entertainment and navigation are unavailable on the base model. If features like these are important to you, you’ll have to upgrade to the Premium trim. This will increase the price from about $33,400 to about $37,300, not including destination fees. Stepping up to a Premium 9-4X will get you standard auto-dimming outside mirrors, keyless passive entry, power-adjustable pedals and a power liftgate. The top-of-the-line Aero trim starts at about $48,000 and adds a 10-speaker Bose sound system, navigation with rearview camera and front- and rear-obstacle detection sensors.
- "All versions come well-equipped, although certain popular options and packages, such as navigation and keyless entry, can be found only on the Premium trim and above.” -- MSN
The Saab 9-4X features 29.2 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the rear seats and 61.2 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded flat. A center pass-through in the rear seats helps accommodate longer items like skis, and a U-shaped track with a cargo divider in the trunk makes it easier to keep cargo from sliding around in the back. In-cabin small items storage is plentiful, with multiple door pockets, a two-tier front glovebox and center console storage in both the back and front seat areas.
The 9-4X’s maximum of 61.2 cubic feet of cargo space is about average for a luxury midsize SUV. The Infiniti FX can only hold 24.8 cubic feet of cargo behind the rear seats but is able to carry a maximum of 62 cubic feet of stuff with the back seat folded flat, and the BMW X5 can carry as much as 75.2 cubic feet. If you’re looking for a midsize SUV that will accommodate even more stuff, you should take a look at the Acura MDX or Mercedes-Benz R-Class, which can haul a maximum of 83.5 cubic feet and 85 cubic feet of cargo, respectively.