Which used Saab 9-5 saloon should I buy?
As with all Saabs, the engine line-up is comprised entirely of turbocharged engines, and these include some rather spirited models such as the 2.3-litre HOT turbo with 256bhp and the 3.0-litre V6 turbo. Those are going to be expensive to run, though, and their high power outputs overwhelm the 9-5’s front wheels when you put your foot down, causing them to spin uncontrollably.
Therefore, it’s better to stick to the smaller engines. The 147bhp 2.0-litre light-pressure turbo petrol engine is a firm favourite. It’s reasonably reliable, frugal compared with its contemporaries, and has sufficient kick to make the car enjoyable to drive.