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Saab 9-5 (10 - 11) review

(2010 - 2011)
Saab 9-5 (10 - 11)
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What alternatives should I consider to a used Saab 9-5 saloon?

The Saab 9-5 was designed to compete with the BMW 5 Series, but while its roomy interior helped in that regard, the 5 Series is still streets ahead in terms of its interior finish and the way it drives, not to mention the sheer choice that there is in second-hand models available.

The Audi A6 is, in reality, a closer match for the 9-5. It has a similar design-led character – and similarly stodgy handling. However, its interior is a lot classier than the 9-5’s and the A6 is both quieter and more comfortable. As a bonus, Audi’s 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine is more or less bomb-proof.

As a Swedish rival, the Volvo S80 should also be on the shopping list of anyone considering a 9-5. It too struggles to match the handling and perceived quality of the best executive saloons, but it has comfort on its side, and was available with a broad choice of engines: everything from a 1.6-litre diesel to turbocharged five-cylinder petrol units.

What alternatives should I consider to a used Saab 9-5 saloon?

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Saab 9-5 (10 - 11)
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Verdict

Saab’s last gasp wasn’t enough to save the company. The 9-5 looks the part, but is a long way off the pace in most key areas.

  • Attractive exterior styling
  • Proven mechanicals
  • Loads of legroom
  • Unsettled ride
  • Too much wind and engine noise
  • Not many to choose from
  • Servicing and parts becoming tricky