Used Saab 9-5 Estate 1997 - 2011 review

Category: Estate car

Section: Our recommendations

1997 - 2011 review
Saab 9-5 Estate (97 - 11)
  • Saab 9-5 Estate (97 - 11)
  • Saab 9-5 Estate (97 - 11)
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Our recommendations

Which used Saab 9-5 estate should I buy?

A face-lift in 2006 brought a new engine, the 1.9-litre turbodiesel. It's a peach, giving 150bhp and fuel economy of 44.1mpg. It's refined, too.

The chances are you'll be looking at an older car, though. If so, we'd recommend the 185bhp 2.3-litre petrol engine. The diesels in the earlier cars weren't much cop and are too expensive.

The 2.0-litre petrol is our favourite in the 9-5 saloon, but the estate really benefits from the 2.3's extra oomph. You can also buy the 2.3 with a meatier turbo that gives 220bhp, but it isn't that much quicker, and the extra power puts a dent in your fuel economy.

The HOT Aero gives 250bhp, but it's too expensive, and the front-wheel drive chassis has trouble coping with the power.

Go for the basic Linear trim to keep costs down. You'll still get traction control, climate control, alloys, a CD player and four electric windows.

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