2007 Saab 9-7X Review
This review was written 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.
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 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 "Don't let the sleek styling fool you: With its truck-based underpinnings, outdated drivetrain and drab interior, Saab's all-wheel-drive 9-7X is an archetype of yesterday's midsize SUV -- powerful and comfortable, but inefficient and rough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.com. Kelley 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.