By KBB.com Editors
Those who demand the sensible interior and firm driving feel of a European sport sedan, but also desire a vehicle not shared by every other premium sedan owner, should consider the 2009 Saab 9-5. Roomy, powerful and one of the few sedans in this segment still offering a manual transmission, the Saab 9-5 holds a strong appeal to purists who shun the overly high-tech approach and flashy styling so pervasive in today's luxury sedans. Available as the 9-5 Sedan or 9-5 SportCombi (the wagon), its Swedish heritage serves it well, excelling in the areas of safety, comfort, fuel economy and performance – without breaking the bank.You'll Like This Car If...
If you think the best things about a European sedan are the powerful yet fuel-efficient turbo engines and the relative exclusivity, you can get both for an affordable price in a 2009 Saab 9-5.You May Not Like This Car If...
Compared with some other premium European sport sedans, the 2009 Saab 9-5 is neither as premium nor as sporty. The absence of a V6 or V8 engine option may turn off some buyers.What's New for 2009
No major changes for 2009.Driving It Driving Impressions
Around town, the Saab 9-5 is responsive, nimble and downright quick, benefiting from a turbocharger that delivers its influence politely but firmly. Predictably, the suspension hasn't been tuned so tightly that highway ride is anything less than pleasant. Only when you get that rare opportunity to really push the 9-5 through a few good twists and turns does the nose-heavy, front-wheel-drive 9-5 reveal its limitations. Still, even the sportiest sport sedans rarely get taken to task in such a manner, and so the 9-5 is sure to prove plenty entertaining for most.Favorite Features
Cool-climate drivers and passengers will appreciate that front and rear heated seats are included as standard equipment. Those living farther south might be more interested in the optional ventilated front seats.
Dynamic Workload Manager
In driving situations that might demand heightened concentration, the 9-5 will delay dashboard warning messages and intercept incoming telephone calls to prevent distraction.