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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
Saab 9-5 Estate (05-10) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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PROS

Decent-sized boot, good value for money, well equipped, strong turbocharged engines, comfortable on long distances

CONS

An all-new version is long overdue, feels dated, only one diesel engine available

At a glance

New price £20,985 - £33,305
Used price £480 - £3,595
Fuel economy 26 - 44 mpg
Road tax cost £235 - £555
Insurance group 35 - 44 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Decent-sized boot, good value for money, well equipped, strong turbocharged engines, comfortable on long distances

CONS

An all-new version is long overdue, feels dated, only one diesel engine available

Saab 9-5 Estate rivals

Volvo
V70
4 out of 5 4.0

The first Saab 9-5 estate carved out a niche as a large, practical yet affordable load carrier and this newer version continues that role. It's based on the original - which was introduced in 1997 - so it's far from being the freshest model around. There have been some significant alterations however, including a reworked front end and an upgraded interior. The handling has been revised, bringing the Saab 9-5 Estate closer to the standards of rivals like the Volvo V70.

Small selection of engines

There isn't a wide choice of engines, but all are turbocharged and consequently deliver strong performance. A solitary diesel engine is available, offering flexible performance and good economy. The petrol engine choices range from an entry level 2.0-litre turbocharged unit, up to a larger 2.3-litre turbocharged version. Those covering more than 10,000 miles a year may see savings by opting for the economical diesel engine. All are available with either an automatic or manual gearbox, catering for all buyers.

Numerous options and accessories

A range of Saab 9-5 Estate trim levels are available but even the entry level Linear model is well equipped. It comes with climate control, electric windows, a chilled glovebox, alloy wheels, a CD player and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

Servicing and warranty considerations

Unfortunately in late 2011 Saab administration so you do have to consider the impacts that has on any warranty and maintenance. Saab parts are still available for the duration though and it is likely that aftermarket suppliers will remanufacture anything that becomes unavailable. Major components may become difficult to source as time progresses, however, but second-hand parts or refurbished items from spares vehicles will keep many Saabs running well into the future. Aftermarket warranties may also still cover some cars, meaning you don’t have to be overly concerned about running the car.

A rare sight on the roads

Saab doesn't try to hide the fact that the 9-5 isn't as modern as many of its premium rivals, but as a new buy it was priced to undercut them by several thousand pounds. It’s also an uncommon car and its individuality and rarity may appeal. If you're looking at second-hand cars you could end up with a real bargain but remember the spares situation and buy carefully. A car that’s in a poor condition could prove very difficult and costly to maintain. Find out more in our full Saab 9-5 Estate review.

Saab 9-5 Estate rivals

Volvo
V70
4 out of 5 4.0

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