Saab's 9-5 is a competent car with capable and secure handling.
The ride is firm and compliant, but road noise is pronounced.
The turbocharged 2.3-liter, 170-hp four-cylinder (185 hp from 2000 on) provides ample acceleration.
The 3.0-liter, 200-hp V6 is smoother, quieter, and stronger.
A higher-performance 230-hp Aero model was added for 2000.
Aside from styling updates the 9-5 was largely unchanged through 2009.