Saab is a Swedish manufacturer that is well known for producing safe and reliable vehicles that stand out from the crowd. The 2002 Saab 9-5 sedan and wagon are equipped with plenty of luxurious finishes, and their performance can rival the best in this class.
Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 2.3-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Saab 9-5 Linear 2.3 T, Saab 9-5 Arc 3.0t, Saab 9-5 Aero
The Saab 9-5 underwent extensive makeovers in 2002, and Saab produced three models, each of which has its own very individual personality and distinct features. This year saw the introduction of a new five-speed automatic transmission, available on all models. The top of the line Aero gained more power. The suspension and steering systems were revised to increase performance. The introduction of adaptive front airbags and a new electronic stability control system improved the safety record of this car even further.
A Saab is always instantly recognizable, and the 9-5 sedans and wagons are no exception. Both the wagon and the sedan are on a 106.4-inch wheelbase, and have an overall length of 190 inches, comparable to the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E320.
The bumpers are designed to smoothly wrap around the car back towards the wheel arches, and Saabs have an integrated grill in between the headlights. These cars are designed to be aerodynamic, and the styling is perhaps something you either love or hate. The Linear and Arc models are fitted with 16-inch tires and have rear fog lamps as standard, while the top-of-the-line Aero is fitted with 17-inch tires on alloy wheels with 10 spokes. There was a touring package available for the Arc and the Aero that included rain-sensing wipers, parking assistance, and bi-xenon headlights.
The Saab 9-5 can comfortably accommodate five adults. Its seating is almost chair like, keeping you up-right in a comfortable position. In keeping with its Scandinavian heritage, the interior emphasizes natural materials. For instance, the leather upholstery is natural rather than glossy in appearance. The Linear has a leather and wood interior that is naturally elegant and luxurious, while the Aero has a more industrial feel to it, and makes it obvious that it's a car with a lot of technology. It has ventilated power front seats with memory. The seats also have extra bolstering to keep passengers comfortable at higher speeds. The dashboard of the Aero has a metallic finish rather than wood. Whereas the Linear is fitted with a CD cassette audio system, the Arc and the Aero have a superior Harmon Kardon stereo.
Performance & Handling
The Saab 9-5 Linear is fitted with a turbocharged, 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that can produce up to 185 horsepower. The Arc has a turbocharged, three-liter, V-6 engine that can produce 200 hp. The Aero is fitted with a turbocharged, 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 250 hp. The Linear is fitted with a five-speed automatic transmission standard, whereas the Arc and the Aero are fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard. An automatic transmission is optional.
Even though it's a well-appointed luxury sedan, the Saab 9-5 is really quite sporty, and holds wide appeal. This is because its sporty handling is combined with numerous safety features. It's quite a sophisticated car. It's excellent for longer drives, and the overall driving experience is very good. The Saab combines precise handling with a good performance, and the cabin is wonderfully quiet.
Saab is famous for including numerous safety features as standard, and the cars have an extremely good safety record. The Saab 9-5 comes with anti-lock brakes, and active head-restraint system which moves the head restraints into place during an accident to reduce the risk of whiplash, and dual-stage adaptive front airbags which adjust inflation according to the severity of the crash. There are side-impact airbags which help protect the upper body of front-seat occupants. In addition Saab has a safety system which balances the forces during a collision, and tries to direct loads to areas where they are less likely to cause injury.
EPA Fuel Economy
Saab 9-5 Linear: 19/28 mpg city/highway
Saab 9-5 Arc: 16/24 mpg city/highway
Saab 9-5 Aero: 19/28 mpg city/highway
- Luxurious cabin
- Exterior styling
- Numerous safety features
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