2011 Saab
9-5 Aero
vs. 2012 Audi
R8 GT

2011 Saab 9-5 Aero

9.8

Winner

Saab 9-5 Aero

starting from

$50,390

Reasons to buy the Saab 9-5 Aero

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Quite expensive
$50,390
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Average number of passenger seats
5
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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More airbags
6
2012 Audi R8 GT

8.8

Runner-up

Audi R8 GT

starting from

$198,050

Reasons to buy the Audi R8 GT

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Quite powerful
560 HP @ 8,000 RPM
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Keyless entry
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Blindingly fast 1/4 mile time
11.6 s @ 122 mph
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Great cornering ability
1 g
Cost 10.0 vs 7.0
2011 Saab 9-5 Aero Winner: 9-5 Aero
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  • The best price we've seen is $147,660 cheaper (3.9x less), $50,390 vs $198,050
  • Gets more than 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 17 mpg vs 13 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.3
2011 Saab 9-5 Aero Winner: 9-5 Aero
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  • The 9-5 Aero has 2 more airbags (including Rear Side, Head / Curtain, Rear Curtain), 6 vs 4
  • Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the 9-5 Aero; optional upgrade on the R8 GT
Entertainment System 9.0 vs 10.0
2012 Audi R8 GT Winner: R8 GT
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  • The R8 GT's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Performance - vs -
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  • Both come standard with paddle shifters
  • Both the R8 GT and 9-5 Aero are quite powerful
  • Both have good drivetrains for driving off-road or in poor weather
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  • The R8 GT has extraordinary brakes, and the 9-5 Aero is pretty good, too
  • The R8 GT's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the 9-5 Aero is pretty good, too
  • The R8 GT has phenomenal cornering abilities, and the 9-5 Aero is not bad, either
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • The R8 GT's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the 9-5 Aero
Overall 9.8 vs 8.8

Cost

Saab
9-5 Aero
2011 Saab 9-5 Aero
2012 Audi R8 GT Audi
R8 GT
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MSRP $50,390 vs $198,050 Very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 13 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Longer basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Longer-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

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9-5 Aero
2011 Saab 9-5 Aero
2012 Audi R8 GT Audi
R8 GT
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 6 vs 4 The 9-5 Aero has a good number of airbags, but the R8 GT does not (missing Rear Side, Head / Curtain, Rear Curtain)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the 9-5 Aero; optional upgrade on the R8 GT
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Entertainment System

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9-5 Aero
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R8 GT
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Number of speakers 9 vs 7 The 9-5 Aero has more speakers and the R8 GT is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs Yes The R8 GT has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the 9-5 Aero; but it's not available at all on the R8 GT

Luxury Features

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9-5 Aero
2011 Saab 9-5 Aero
2012 Audi R8 GT Audi
R8 GT
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the 9-5 Aero's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Not Available vs Standard The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the R8 GT; not available on the 9-5 Aero
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

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9-5 Aero
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2012 Audi R8 GT Audi
R8 GT
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Performance

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9-5 Aero
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2012 Audi R8 GT Audi
R8 GT
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Horsepower 300 HP @ 5,500 RPM vs 560 HP @ 8,000 RPM Both the R8 GT and 9-5 Aero are quite powerful
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Standard vs Standard Both come standard with paddle shifters
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs None The 9-5 Aero's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio Unknown vs 6.0 lb/hp
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have good drivetrains for driving off-road or in poor weather
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.1 ft vs Unknown

Road Tests

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9-5 Aero
2011 Saab 9-5 Aero
2012 Audi R8 GT Audi
R8 GT
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0-60 mph 6.1 seconds vs 3.4 seconds The R8 GT has lightning fast acceleration, and the 9-5 Aero isn't bad, either
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Braking distance at 60mph 112 ft vs 100 ft The R8 GT has extraordinary brakes, and the 9-5 Aero is pretty good, too
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1/4 mile 14.7 s @ 95 mph vs 11.6 s @ 122 mph The R8 GT's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the 9-5 Aero is pretty good, too
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Lateral acceleration 0.88 g vs 1 g The R8 GT has phenomenal cornering abilities, and the 9-5 Aero is not bad, either
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Practicality

Saab
9-5 Aero
2011 Saab 9-5 Aero
2012 Audi R8 GT Audi
R8 GT
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Passengers 5 vs 2 The 9-5 Aero has the usual number of seats, while the R8 GT has very few
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Highway driving range 500 miles vs 376 miles The 9-5 Aero has OK highway range, but the R8 GT is very limited
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Cargo space 18.2 ft3 vs Unknown
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front seats 52.3 ft3 vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The 9-5 Aero's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the R8 GT
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Standard The R8 GT's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the 9-5 Aero
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Cupholders 4 vs 2 The 9-5 Aero has an OK number of cupholders while the R8 GT has very few
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

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