Saab 9-4x vehicle comparison table

I thought I’d put this together as a supplement to the writeup I’ve been doing on my time with the Saab 9-4x. One of the things that impressed me about the 9-4x was that it had a very high level of equipment. As I started writing up my report, I had the SaabUSA web page open to look up various bits of equipment to see if they were standard or optional. I was amazed to see that just about everything on the car was standard.

In fact, on the 2011 Saab 9-4x Aero there are only three options:

  • Panoramic Moonroof
  • Rear seat pack (audio, video screens, tri-zone climate control, heated rear seats)
  • Space saver spare wheel

That’s it.

Think of everything on this car – the powered tailgate, the XWD system, the satnav, HDD music system with iPod connectivity, Drivesense …… you name it and it’s standard equipment on the 9-4 Aero (and much of it is standard on the 3.0 Premium, too).

I thought it would be a good exercise to put together a comparative table, showing the 9-4x and how it weighs up against three of its European competitors: The BMW X3, the Audi Q5 and the Volvo XC60.

I’ve used the USA webpages from those manufacturers to specify similar levels of equipment to that which is standard on the 9-4x. In some instances, there are packages where you get more than the needed item, including some things that the Saab doesn’t have available (hello, thermal cup holders).

I think the exercise is a worthwhile one, showing just how good the spec level is on the Saab 9-4x Aero. We hold very little back and when you build up some competitors models to a similar level, the pricing is interesting to say the least.

Note: This is not a full spec sheet of features on the 9-4x or the other vehicles. Go to Saab’s US 9-4x website for that. This is just a list of some of the more interesting options and the contrasts between the four vehicles. There are common features amongst all of them that I’ve left off – e.g. electrically adjustable passenger seats – simply to save some time (it’s been a very time consuming exercise).

Motor (Netgain Warp 9)$2,395
Batteries (Thunder Sky LFP160AHA) - 45 in series as per recommendation$9,450
Battery Management System$295
Motor Controller (cheaper option - ZEVA MC600S)$1,295
Contactor (cheaper option - Nanfeng ZJW400A)$68.50
Fuse (Bussmann FWH Fuse - 400A)$86.50
Vacuum Pump (for braking)$335
Power Steering Pump$450
DC/DC Converter (optional, but recommended)$322.50
Emergency Stop (optional)$25
Inertia Switch (compulsory)$22.50
CableSold by the meter

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  1. Nice overview, Swade. I must say I’ve enjoyed reading your bits on the 9-4X.

    With a base price of € 75.000 on the Netherlands I doubt I’ll ever see one for real. I can see the value it offers if you’re living in the USA, though.

    I remember in one of the reviews that a journalist remarked that the 9-4X could save Saab by itself. It made me wonder what agreements there are with GM about the number of 9-4X’s that Saab can build and what the arrangements are between Saab en GM about the earnings en profits for the 9-4X. Can you say anything about that ?

  2. Swade, could you please clarify the optional “killer good looks” for the Volvo? The n/a for the BMW and Audi I understand… 😉

    1. I don’t mind certain angles on the XC60 and with the R-design stuff it looks pretty ……. OK.  The BMW is beyond help IMHO and the Audi is just a snooze.

  3. Trailer hitch is also optional…I don’t see it listed when you build your 9-4X on the Saab USA website, but it’s an option on the specification list.

  4. It would be nice to have a comparison with the base 9-4X as well.  I was curious what $34K buys these days and a nicely equipped Ford Explorer with leather seats already is $32K.  I think the base 9-4X is an exceptional value, even when it doesn’t have all the goodies like the Premium and Aero models.