2008 Saab 9-5

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$37,685

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2008 Saab 9-5

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Construction quality
  • Handling and control
  • Transmission operation

The bad:

  • Pending further review

4 trims

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Our 2008 Saab 9-5 trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • 260-hp four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Standard stability system
  • Standard side-impact airbags
  • Standard rain-sensing wipers

2008 Saab 9-5 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
The 9-5 is Saab’s top-of-the-line car, and it competes with cars such as the Acura TL, Volvo S60 and Lincoln MKZ. It’s available as both a sedan and wagon, which Saab calls a SportCombi. All 9-5s are front-wheel drive and are powered by a 260-horsepower, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine. The 9-5 was extensively redesigned for 2006 and receives only minor changes for 2008.

Exterior
A visibility option package includes xenon headlamps, power-folding and auto-dimming side mirrors, and rear park assist. The Aero includes a sport chassis and a suspension with increased spring and damping rates, plus larger anti-roll bars to improve handling.

Standard wheels on all trims measure 17 inches in diameter, but Aero models get a new five-spoke design. Snow Silver and Pepper Green are new colors for 2008. The Aero version of the SportCombi gets matte chrome roof rails for 2008.

Interior
The 9-5 can seat up to five people. In both the sedan and SportCombi, upright chairlike seating permits comfortable posture, and leather-upholstered seats are standard. The audio system includes MP3-play capability, XM Satellite Radio and an in-dash six-CD changer. Satellite radio and the CD changer are not available if you opt for the optional DVD navigation system. Dual-zone automatic air conditioning and eight-way power-adjustable front seats with three memory settings for the driver’s seat are standard.

Under the Hood
The front-wheel-drive 9-5’s turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder generates 260 hp and 258 pounds-feet of torque. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard, and a five-speed automatic transmission that permits manual gear selection is optional.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes, traction control, an electronic stability system, side-impact airbags for the front seats and active front head restraints are standard.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Stick with a winner

This is my third 9-5 sport combi. searched for 4 months to find the right one. I put 102K miles on the last one, and look forward to at least that many on this one. purchased with 87K on it. Cost per mile of the last car excluding gas, maintenance, etc. was $.14/mile.

4.7

truely the best bang for the buck in used cars!

Stylish European design inside and out. NOT a flimsy asian car, the Saab has a sturdiness to it that inspires safety and stability. Turbocharged 4 cylinder: You get 4 cylinder economy with V6 power. Many independent Saab mechanics around, and Saab still makes parts for their cars!

5.0

10 years old and still feels like new

My SAAB still feels as good as the day I bought it. It is holding up very well and I don?t feel like I need a new car. It has enough modern features and doesn?t look old and worn out. The ride and handling are great. It?s sporty without being a gas guzzler and the large cargo room comes in handy when I need it.

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