Having sampled the new 9-5 in diesel form recently, we’ve also now been given the opportunity to try the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol, which Saab said was actually the first fleet order the firm received for its new executive saloon.

The figures are a little challenging for those looking to guard the corporate bank account, with a P11D of more than £30,000, emissions of 194g/km and an average fuel figure of 33.6mpg. The engine is potent enough without being dramatic or maybe feeling like 220hp, and the ride is certainly angled towards hard rather than comfortable.

The car looks stylish, with a easily-recognisable Saab nose and dramatic and adventurous rear. The rounded looks offer something interesting in a segment dominated by more angled German offerings.

There are two versions of the 9-5 being launched later this year, and both should be worth a look. The excellent TTiD engine joins the range by October, at the same time as the 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol version. Both are good in other models, and could be the picks of the new 9-5 range.

Saab 9-5 Aero 2.0T manual
P11D price £30,715
Model price range £26,495-£37,795
Fuel consumption 33.6mpg
CO2 (tax) 194g/km (27%)
BIK 20/40% per month £138/£276
Service interval 18,000mls
Insurance (1-50) group 30
Warranty 3yrs/60,000mls
Boot space 515 litres
Engine size/power 1998cc/220hp
Top speed/0-62mph 143mph/8.8secs
On sale June 2010
Score 6/10
Verdict New 9-5 offers something intriguingly
different and stylish, but 2.0T is not
the company car pick of the range.