Speedometers: Saab 9-5 just 11% of speedometer unused

Many of Us often ask this question – Why does your speedometer go faster than your car? Ever wondered why the speedometers in modern cars have such high readings stretching way beyond the car’s actual top speed?

For someone It’s incredibly frustrating when only a quarter of the dial is taken up by relevant speeds. 


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Crazy speedometer calibrations: the worst offenders

So CAR Magazine  did a spot of research.  They are went down to the car park and poked around all the test cars and long-termers in our car park, comparing the v-max on the speedos with the claimed maximum speed recorded for each.
The results make interesting reading:

  • Mini Countryman 30% of dial unused
  • Audi A1 26% of dial unused
  • Skoda Superb 26% of dial unused
  • Seat Alhambra 25% of dial unused
  • VW Touareg 25% of dial unused
  • BMW M5 23% of dial unused
  • Audi RS3 23% of dial unused
  • Jaguar XF 22% of dial unused
  • Kia Optima 22% of dial unused
  • Audi A1 21% of dial unused
  • Ford C-Max 17% of dial unused
  • BMW 1-series M Coupe 14% of dial unused
  • Infiniti M35h hybrid 14% of dial unused
  • Saab 9-5 11% of dial unused
  • Mercedes CLS 6% of dial unused
  • Honda CR-Z 0% of dial unused (NB digital read-out)

Among the best, with the smallest deviation is Saab 9-5!

Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

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