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Saab 9-5 Saloon review

2005 - 2009 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 53.0

At a glance

Price new £19,365 - £32,105
Used prices £413 - £3,430
Road tax cost £290 - £675
Insurance group 35 - 44
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 445 - 726 miles
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Available fuel types



Alternative fuel

Pros & cons


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

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


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.