Saab 9-5

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While at first glance the Saab 9-5 had all the credentials to take on the likes of the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series, it was hamstrung by its uncompetitive underpinnings. 

  • Saab 9-5 Saloon (05-09)
  • Saab 9-5 Estate (05-10)
  • Saab 9-5 Estate (99-05)
  • Saab 9-5 Saloon (97-05)

While at first glance the Saab 9-5 had all the credentials to take on the likes of the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series, it was hamstrung by its uncompetitive underpinnings. 

First appearing as a four-door saloon in 1997, the first Saab 9-5 replaced the 9000CD – its hatchback counterpart, the 9000CS continued for another year. It looked elegant, if not ground breaking, was powered by a range of powerful 2- and 2.3-litre engines, as well as a 3-litre V6 for a short while, but its underpinnings were an updated version of those found under the first generation of Vauxhall Vectra

While the 9-5 saloon had a number of Saab-like touches, like the ignition key located near the gear lever, it was the capacious 9-5 estate that buyers embraced more warmly when sales began in 1999.

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Most Popular Model Reviews

Saab 9-5 Estate 1999 - 2005

3 out of 5
Saab 9-5 Estate 1999 - 2005

New price range:
£20,340 - £31,340

Used price range:
£222 - £1,955

Space, comfort, equipment
Depreciation

Saab 9-5 Saloon 1997 - 2005

3 out of 5
Saab 9-5 Saloon 1997 - 2005

New price range:
£19,840 - £30,140

Used price range:
£176 - £1,785

Roomy and well-appointed.
Loses value quickly.

Saab 9-5 Saloon 2005 - 2009

3 out of 5
Saab 9-5 Saloon 2005 - 2009

New price range:
£19,365 - £32,105

Used price range:
£385 - £3,125

Comfortable on long distances, good value compared to premium makes, turbocharged engine performance
Feels dated, an all-new version is long overdue, not especially economical, dull looks

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