Saab 9-5 (1997–2009)
SAAB's 'big' car loaded with safety features. Nothing quirky about this one. 170 bhp 2.3 eco turbo, 150 bhp 2.0 eco turbo and 200 bhp 3.0V6 auto. 2.0 litre much improved compared to 9000 series.
2.3HOT Aero from September 1999 has 230 bhp.
'New' SAAB 9-5 from October 2001 with option of General Motors new 3.0 litre 176bhp common rail turbodiesel V6 engine which puts out 258lb ft (350Nm) torque.
Features "chassis revisions to enhance driver control" and is a hugely improved car. 2.3HOT now has 250bhp and same 350Nm torque as diesel. Gets to 60 in 6.5, goes on to 155mph, does 32mpg in the combined cycle and emits just 209g/km CO2. A tax-efficient quick car for company drivers.
To further appeal to CO2 BIK conscious company drivers, SAAB added the 120bhp 2.2GM 16 valve chain cam four cylinder Ecotec diesel. 120bhp is developed at 4,000rpm and 280Nm (207 lb ft) from 1,500rpm. Top speed of the saloon is 124mph, 0-60 is 10.4 seconds, 40-60 in 4th is 6.7 seconds, 50-70 in 5th is 10.0 seconds and the estate isn't far behind. Combined consumption of the saloon is 42.8mpg and C02 175g/km. Figures for the estate are 40.1mpg and 178g/km. 2002 prices started at £19,995 for the saloon and £21,195 for the estate. BIK base rates work out at 20% and 21% respectively.
9-5 improved again from September 2003 Frankfurt Show with interior and exterior trim improvements and new 220bhp 2.3T turbo engine in Linear, Arc and Vector models.
New front for 2006. Engine line up now includes 150bhp 1.9 diesel and top of the range 260bhp Aero 2.3 HOT.
E85 bioethanol powered 2.3-litre high-output turbo 9-5 Aero Estate Detroit show car delivers almost 20 per cent more power (310 bhp vs. 260 bhp) and 25 per cent more torque (440 Nm/325 lb.ft vs. 350 Nm/258 lb.ft) than its regular petrol equivalent, proving that it is possible for drivers to enjoy the benefits of increased power and performance while having a greater regard for the environment.