Fuel consumption figures for the Saab 9-5 Saloon range in mpg (litres /100km): Urban 17.4 –40.9 (16.2–6.9), Extra-urban 38.6–64.1 (7.3– 4.4), Combined 26.6–53.2 (10.6–5.3). CO2 emissions 244–139g/km. Model shown Saab 9-5 Aero 2.0T manual at £31,195 Man. Rec. OTR plus optional metallic paint at £525.
So Swedish. So Saab.
Naturally, the Scandinavian influence is obvious in the all new Saab 9-5 from elegance in design to responsibility in function. We even simulate impacts with 800kg crash-test Elk dummies for example, because in Sweden collisions with our native beast are almost as common as collisions between cars. But we also integrate all of our award-winning safety expertise in advanced driving systems to help you avoid such things in the first place. Prices start from an attractive £26,495.
The all new Saab 9-5. Anything but ordinary.
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Philip Hensher: Under the Sun: The Letters of Bruce Chatwin, edited by Elizabeth Chatwin and Nicholas Shakespeare 28 Rhian Edwards: ‘The Wrong Season’: a poem 29 Patrick Marnham: Shades of Greene, by Jeremy Lewis 30 Allan Massie: Scott-land, by Stuart Kelly 33 Lewis Jones: Lights Out in Wonderland, by D.B.C. Pierre 34 Ian Thomson: Travels, by Paul Bowles 35 Philip Hancock: ‘The Great Concert Hall’: a poem 35 Jonathan Sumption: Spoilt Rotten, by Theodore Dalrymple 37
Tiffany Jenkins on America’s new monuments to the dead 38 Exhibitions: The Surreal House; Surreal Friends Andrew Lambirth 39
England’s school wars Fraser Nelson and Ed Howker The guerrilla tactics used by the enemies of reform 12
An answer to the A-level debacle John Witheridge 13
A mosque near Ground Zero? Rod Liddle The latest muddle in a tortuous decade-long debate
‘I see myself as a Cameron figure’ James Forsyth An interview with Ed Miliband, the ‘normal’ brother 16
Don’t police the beach Harry Mount Lifeguards are turning the Welsh coast into Baywatch
Waste not, want not Clarke Hayes
How to deal with hecklers Lloyd Evans A comedian in Edinburgh delivers the ultimate put-down 21
Opera: Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival Michael Tanner 41 Cinema: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Deborah Ross 42 Music Peter Phillips 43 Television Simon Hoggart 43 Radio Kate Chisholm 45
Sarah Palin is beyond a joke Alexander Chancellor The would-be politician is now just a greedy celebrity 22
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