: '03-'04 9-5 Aero vs '00-'03 Audi S4

29th May 2007, 01:44 PM
'03-'04 9-5 Aero vs '00-'03 Audi S4

Any Input on which I should by? They are kind of in the same price bracket its just kind of hard deciding. Do I go for the Twin-Turbo all wheel drive or do I go for the Power + economy?

Along with pretty much the same performance stats:

Audi S4

Horsepower: 250 hp
Max Horsepower: 5800 rpm
Torque: 258 ft-lbs.
Max Torque: 1850 rpm

Saab 9-5 Aero

Horsepower: 250 hp
Max Horsepower: 5300 rpm
Torque: 258 ft-lbs.
Max Torque: 1900 rpm

29th May 2007, 04:02 PM
I would purchase the 9-5 and not look back. but my comparison isn't due to a couple ft lbs or hp here or there. the awd would be nice but I really prefer the 04 aero exterior and interior over the audi and I don't concern myself with a couple tenths of a second accelerating to 60mph either.

edit: now go ask this on an Audi forum... :p

29th May 2007, 05:06 PM
Are you replacing your current 9-5, or adding to it ?

Performance figures aside (not significant), to me it's a matter of state of mind. You obviously already know "The Saab Way".

If you are replacing your current 9-5, then you must decide if the Audi fits your style and philosophy ? If it doesn't, you might as well stay in the Saab fold and enjoy a higher level of performance than what you have now.

But if you are simply adding to your 9-5, then you may be tempted to just go for the Audi so you'll have one of each to play with :)

29th May 2007, 05:14 PM
I drive my girlfriends 04 A4 1.8T on a regular basis, we take it on road trips because she only logs about 5000 mile per year.

It's a very nice car but I MUCH PREFER my 02 Aero. I know there is a big difference in performance betwen 1.8T and the S-4 but the cabin is essentially the same less a few gadgets in her base model.

That said, I do not like the switches in the Audi; all the buttons are too small. The layout is decent enough but I really like the dedicated buttons and the logical layout of the Saab, it's much more driver oriented.

The fit and finish in the Audi is awesome, materials are first class no doubt. The sound system is excellent and I don't think she even has the top of the line system.

The seats are much firmer than the sport seats in the Aero but I find them comftorable on long trips.

I'm 6-1" tall and have no problem with finding a comftorable seating position in the Audi but the back seat is useless for a passenger if I'm driving. The cabin is a little snug for me at the shoulder and you can't really share the center armrest.

The handling is o.k. and ride quality is decent, but Saab has superior ride and handling. The Saab is also quieter at speed. I'm sure the S-4 is more on par with performance but probably sacrifice mileage?

I always look forward to driving my own car after we take hers on a trip!

Her lease ends soon and she will probably lease MY08 9-3.

My 2 cents..good luck.

29th May 2007, 07:25 PM
S4s are cool looking and nice cars, but I would say if you are going after performance, get the Aero. With recent winters, the Aero will be fine. Even in harsh winters, the Saab is fine but the AWD could come in handy. The 9-5 will out-accelerate the S4 everywhere except maybe to 60ish, where the Audi wins because of the AWD. The 9-5 is quite a bit roomier and more comfortable inside. Also much more exclusive/unique(/probably less available.)

29th May 2007, 07:34 PM
My friend has an S4 and has been through 3 bumpers in 2 years because its so low the ground potholes and regular bumps in the maine roads take them out. And they dont have those nice "self restoring" bumpers like saab has. Not sure how your roads are.

That and the layout of controls is not user intuitive. Saabs have a much nicer cleaner layout.

Saab seats are way more comfortable.

29th May 2007, 07:54 PM
To be honest I think the Audi seats are more comfortable...the interior is first-class all around. It is also quite rare and very sought after, so typical Audi depreciation doesn't hit the S-line cars as bad. That said, Audi reliability is....not the best. They're well-made cars, but something always goes wrong with them. The 9-5 is slightly faster, but the Audi is much more sporty overall. Another thing against the Audi is gas mileage (our A6 gets about 17 mpg overall, expect slightly worse from an S4).

Definitely drive both before you decide...Audi AWD is a love/hate thing, either you love the handling or think it's an understeering sled.

29th May 2007, 08:01 PM
Yea.. MY friends S4 reads around 20.1 MPG... Thats at least 30% worse the saab?

29th May 2007, 10:57 PM
Yeah once I saw the MPG difference I was like :o.Plus that is true that the 9-5 also has more interior room.

30th May 2007, 02:38 AM
I have some experience with a 2001 S4, and in my honest opinion - unless you're really hankering over the S4, I'd go with the Saab.

The S4 definitely has some desireable strengths. It's blazing fast, nice sound, a definite sports car, with a very sporty look imho. The AWD is a plus as well.

However I would take the Aero for the more interior room, better seats, and the better reliability.

I'll also go to say that when I go back home, if I don't find a manual 00-01 9-5 Aero, im most likely buying an A4 (until I can find the Aero of course ;) )