What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For The 9-5's boot is massive, its cabin is spacious and the car delivers a smooth and refined ride

Against It's not as entertaining to drive as its rivals, and the bigger engines are too powerful for the chassis

Verdict It's a good all-rounder - and cheap, too - which makes it a cracking used buy

Go for… 2.3-litre turbocharged petrol

Avoid… Aero HOT

Saab 9-5 Estate
  • 1. The 9-5 estate is one of the few estates with a 'proper' load area, and is more than a 'lifestyle' load-carrier
  • 2. The cabin is roomy, comfortable and well built
  • 3. The electrics cause the biggest number of problems, so check all the electrical kit works
  • 4. Suspension faults are a worry, so check for irregular squeaks from underneath and uneven tyre wear
  • 5. The HOT Aero is too expensive and the front-wheel drive chassis has trouble coping with the power
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