DTW is almost nauseously thrilled to be able to present this successor to the legendary Saab 900 ashtray.
A lot is revealed about the Saab 9000 merely by inspecting its ashtrays. The driver and front passenger can use a smoothly-actuating drawer-type unit with a capacity of nearly 200 mls. It’s very well situated and easy to open and close. In the back we find that
rear passengers are slightly less well-served: a horizontally hinged swing-type ashtray is situated in the back of the centre console.
It’s not really handy and while you’re sitting there you notice the seats (in leather) are such that you
feel as if you are perching on them not in them.
While we’re here, this is the driver’s area:
I had not had a chance to experience this before. This does not feel 30 years old. The Opel Senator from the same year (and any rear-wheel drive executive must have felt archaic in comparison). The driving position is excellent, as you’d expect from Saab.
It is disappointing that the rear ashtray is so basic and that the rear seats are less comfortable than they should have been. The velour upholstered seats might be better. What went wrong? The legroom is good and the door and centre armrests well located. Granada, 605, XM and R25 passengers would have felt cheated had they stepped into a 9000. Are the Thema seats as hard?