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The Saab 9-5 represented Saab's replacement for the 9000 model discontinued in 1997.

The new model was produced in the same year, in two body versions: wagon and sedan. The car was considered a strong rival for the time’s Audi A6, BMW 5 Series or Mercedes-Benz E Class. The SAAB 9-5 had a long 12 years life before being replaced by a newer model.

While both body versions were very spacious inside, the wagon was mostly bought by people who wanted space and an easy loading feature, the car being equipped with a slide out boot floor.

The car was available with 4 engine choices: 2.0-liter and 2.3-liter gasoline, a 3.0-liter V6 gasoline and a 2.2-liter diesel unit. Except for the V6 engine, the others were fitted with a manual transmission. From 2001, the 4-speed automatic was replaced by a 5-speed automatic gearbox.

The V6 engine was later replaced with a 4-cylinder producing 220 hp. Saab upgraded it and by 2006, its power was increased with 40 hp, reaching 260 hp.
The car was well known for its safety features, being equipped with SAHR (Saab’s active head restraints) and the front seats had torso and head airbags, a rare feature for the 90’s.

The 9-5 was also used as a police car in Sweden and the UK, the Aero version being the preferred one due to its powerful engine developing a high torque. The Aero version was able to outperform a contemporary Porsche 911 Turbo between 40 to 90 mph.

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SAAB 9-5 1997 - 2001
  9 gasoline engines
  • 2.0 t 4AT (150 HP)
  • 2.0 t 5MT (150 HP)
  • 2.3 t 4AT (170 HP)
  • 2.3 t 4AT (185 HP)
  • 2.3 t 5MT (170 HP)
  • 2.3 t 5MT (185 HP)
  • 2.3 t Aero 4AT (230 HP)
  • 2.3 t Aero 5MT (230 HP)
  • 3.0 V6 4AT (200 HP)

SAAB 9-5 2.0 t 4AT (150 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0 t 4AT (150 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1985 cm3
Power
110.3 KW @ 5500 RPM
150 HP @ 5500 RPM
148 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
177 lb-ft @ 1800 RPM
240 Nm @ 1800 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
130 mph (209 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/65VR15
DIMENSIONS
Length
189.2 in (4806 mm)
Width
70.6 in (1793 mm)
Height
57 in (1448 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.9/59.9 in (1,521/1,521 mm)
Wheelbase
106.4 in (2703 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.7 cuFT (501 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.29
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3351 lbs (1520 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4608 lbs (2090 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
15.6 mpg US (15.1 L/100Km)
Highway
30.9 mpg US (7.6 L/100Km)
Combined
22.6 mpg US (10.4 L/100Km)

SAAB 9-5 2.0 t 5MT (150 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0 t 5MT (150 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1985 cm3
Power
110.3 KW @ 5500 RPM
150 HP @ 5500 RPM
148 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
177 lb-ft @ 1800 RPM
240 Nm @ 1800 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
134 mph (216 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/65VR15
DIMENSIONS
Length
189.2 in (4806 mm)
Width
70.6 in (1793 mm)
Height
57 in (1448 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.9/59.9 in (1,521/1,521 mm)
Wheelbase
106.4 in (2703 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.7 cuFT (501 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.29
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3296 lbs (1495 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4542 lbs (2060 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
17.8 mpg US (13.2 L/100Km)
Highway
34.6 mpg US (6.8 L/100Km)
Combined
25.6 mpg US (9.2 L/100Km)

SAAB 9-5 2.3 t 4AT (170 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.3 t 4AT (170 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2290 cm3
Power
125.1 KW @ 5500 RPM
170 HP @ 5500 RPM
168 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
207 lb-ft @ 1800 RPM
280 Nm @ 1800 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
137 mph (220 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/65VR15
DIMENSIONS
Length
189.2 in (4806 mm)
Width
70.6 in (1793 mm)
Height
57 in (1448 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.9/59.9 in (1,521/1,521 mm)
Wheelbase
106.4 in (2703 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.7 cuFT (501 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.29
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3274 lbs (1485 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4453 lbs (2020 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
15.9 mpg US (14.8 L/100Km)
Highway
30.5 mpg US (7.7 L/100Km)
Combined
22.8 mpg US (10.3 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
247 g/km

SAAB 9-5 2.3 t 4AT (185 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.3 t 4AT (185 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2290 cm3
Power
136.1 KW @ 5500 RPM
185 HP @ 5500 RPM
183 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
207 lb-ft @ 1800 RPM
280 Nm @ 1800 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
137 mph (220 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/65VR15
DIMENSIONS
Length
189.2 in (4806 mm)
Width
70.6 in (1793 mm)
Height
57 in (1448 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.9/59.9 in (1,521/1,521 mm)
Wheelbase
106.4 in (2703 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.7 cuFT (501 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.29
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3351 lbs (1520 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4608 lbs (2090 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
15.5 mpg US (15.2 L/100Km)
Highway
31.4 mpg US (7.5 L/100Km)
Combined
22.6 mpg US (10.4 L/100Km)

SAAB 9-5 2.3 t 5MT (170 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.3 t 5MT (170 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2290 cm3
Power
125.1 KW @ 5500 RPM
170 HP @ 5500 RPM
168 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
207 lb-ft @ 1800 RPM
280 Nm @ 1800 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
140 mph (225 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/65VR15
DIMENSIONS
Length
189.2 in (4806 mm)
Width
70.6 in (1793 mm)
Height
57 in (1448 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.9/59.9 in (1,521/1,521 mm)
Wheelbase
106.4 in (2703 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.7 cuFT (501 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.29
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3362 lbs (1525 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4542 lbs (2060 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
17.3 mpg US (13.6 L/100Km)
Highway
32.7 mpg US (7.2 L/100Km)
Combined
24.5 mpg US (9.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
230 g/km

SAAB 9-5 2.3 t 5MT (185 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.3 t 5MT (185 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2290 cm3
Power
136.1 KW @ 5500 RPM
185 HP @ 5500 RPM
183 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
207 lb-ft @ 1800 RPM
280 Nm @ 1800 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
140 mph (225 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/65VR15
DIMENSIONS
Length
189.2 in (4806 mm)
Width
70.6 in (1793 mm)
Height
57 in (1448 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.9/59.9 in (1,521/1,521 mm)
Wheelbase
106.4 in (2703 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.7 cuFT (501 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.29
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3296 lbs (1495 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4542 lbs (2060 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
17.4 mpg US (13.5 L/100Km)
Highway
34.1 mpg US (6.9 L/100Km)
Combined
25.3 mpg US (9.3 L/100Km)

SAAB 9-5 2.3 t Aero 4AT (230 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.3 t Aero 4AT (230 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2290 cm3
Power
169.2 KW @ 5500 RPM
230 HP @ 5500 RPM
227 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
258 lb-ft @ 1900 RPM
350 Nm @ 1900 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
149 mph (240 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/45WR17
DIMENSIONS
Length
189.2 in (4806 mm)
Width
70.6 in (1793 mm)
Height
57 in (1448 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.9/59.9 in (1,521/1,521 mm)
Wheelbase
106.4 in (2703 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.7 cuFT (501 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.29
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3274 lbs (1485 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4453 lbs (2020 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
15.4 mpg US (15.3 L/100Km)
Highway
28.7 mpg US (8.2 L/100Km)
Combined
21.8 mpg US (10.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
259 g/km

SAAB 9-5 2.3 t Aero 5MT (230 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.3 t Aero 5MT (230 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2290 cm3
Power
169.2 KW @ 5500 RPM
230 HP @ 5500 RPM
227 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
258 lb-ft @ 1900 RPM
350 Nm @ 1900 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
149 mph (240 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
6.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/45WR17
DIMENSIONS
Length
189.2 in (4806 mm)
Width
70.6 in (1793 mm)
Height
57 in (1448 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.9/59.9 in (1,521/1,521 mm)
Wheelbase
106.4 in (2703 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.7 cuFT (501 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.29
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3362 lbs (1525 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4542 lbs (2060 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
17.4 mpg US (13.5 L/100Km)
Highway
32.7 mpg US (7.2 L/100Km)
Combined
24.8 mpg US (9.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
228 g/km

SAAB 9-5 3.0 V6 4AT (200 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.0 V6 4AT (200 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3962 cm3
Power
147.1 KW @ 5000 RPM
200 HP @ 5000 RPM
197 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
229 lb-ft @ 2100 RPM
310 Nm @ 2100 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
146 mph (235 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/45WR17
DIMENSIONS
Length
189.2 in (4806 mm)
Width
70.6 in (1793 mm)
Height
57 in (1448 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.9/59.9 in (1,521/1,521 mm)
Wheelbase
106.4 in (2703 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.7 cuFT (501 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.29
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3594 lbs (1630 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4542 lbs (2060 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
14.4 mpg US (16.3 L/100Km)
Highway
29.4 mpg US (8 L/100Km)
Combined
21.2 mpg US (11.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
264 g/km
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