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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

As well as being priced to undercut its main rivals when new, servicing costs should also be a little lower than in a typical Audi, BMW or Jaguar dealership. The premium for an estate when choosing the diesel engine is just £600, compared with £1200 for petrol engines, making a diesel estate look seriously good value. The 9-5's residual values forecasts are not particularly strong for this class, but if you're paying less than an Audi or BMW for it when new it isn't such a big deal.

The 9-5 scores fairly badly on the eco front. With an average of 222g/km CO2 across the range, its emissions are a little high for an executive estate. The range is not very frugal, averaging 31 mpg.

Saabs have a reputation for being very reliable. With eight years of the 9-5 already under its belt, this version should not give any cause for concern. Recalls are very rare.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,818 - £2,238 *
Diesel 131p £1,353 - £1,610 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
1.9 TiD Diesel 174 g/km (Min) £235
2.0t Bi-fuel,
2.0t BioPower Bi-fuel,
2.0t Petrol,
Petrol/Bio Ethanol (E85)
251 g/km (Max) £555

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £235 - £555
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 35 - 44
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.