Review: 2010 Saab 9-5

After driving the Saab 9-3, I expected to like the 9-5 as well. I also expected it to feel bigger, but this really wasn’t the case.

The interior of the 9-5 resembles that of the 9-3 for the most part. It’s comfortable and simple. It’s easy to drive and operate controls. One particularly nice feature was the front seat ventilation. Turn it on and your butt is cool RIGHT NOW. Although not as much of a necessity to me as heated seats, they were very effective. One disappointment from the 9-5 was the lack of a bluetooth option. An auxiliary stereo input comes standard. Some of the interior felt and looked a bit cheap and out of place.

I could find a comfortable driving position, although I could have used a little more room from side to side. The 9-5 has a decent amount of backseat and trunk space, and comes in a wagon too if that’s not enough for you.

The 2.3L turbo 4 cylinder made acceleration noticeably quicker than the 2.0L found in the 9-3. The 9-5 is plenty nimble but provides a comfortable ride. Road noise was noticeable – not the worst, but not the best.

Pros: 2.3L turbo, ventilated front seats, fun to drive, available wagon

Cons: no bluetooth, price

Overall I like the 9-5 a lot. It’s a good driver’s car that will give you decent performance. If you haven’t guessed, I like the idea of having a wagon, although my friends seem to think that’s dorky. You can get both Saab sedans in a wagon version which makes them good options for me. I’d recommend the 9-5 to anyone who doesn’t mind Saab styling and wants a fun yet functional daily driver. The sticker price on the 9-5 was a bit high, considering the equipped options, although the dealer offered a pretty hefty discount.

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