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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Saab 9-5 Saloon (10-11) review.

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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
Saab 9-5 Saloon (05-09) - rated 3 out of 5
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PROS

Comfortable on long distances, good value compared to premium makes, turbocharged engine performance

CONS

Feels dated, an all-new version is long overdue, not especially economical, dull looks

PROS

Comfortable on long distances, good value compared to premium makes, turbocharged engine performance

CONS

Feels dated, an all-new version is long overdue, not especially economical, dull looks

Saab 9-5 Saloon rivals

Volvo
S80
3.5 out of 5 3.5

Saab has tried to breathe new life into its 9-5 range which was introduced in 1997. The large four-door saloon underwent its most dramatic change since the car was first launched for this 'new' 2005 model. The front end is much different, while the rear styling has been tweaked. This 9-5 also has an improved interior compared to the previous car along with changes to the chassis settings.

The previous diesel engines (a 120bhp 2.2-litre and a 176bhp 3.0-litre V6) have been dropped in favour of a new more competitive 150bhp 1.9 TiD. Saab doesn't try to hide the fact that the 9-5 isn't as modern as many premium alternatives, but as a new buy it's priced to undercut them by several thousand pounds.

Saab 9-5 Saloon rivals

Volvo
S80
3.5 out of 5 3.5

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