2006 Saab 9-5

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2006 Saab 9-5 Review

Just right for families who like added luxury.

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The 2006 Saab 9-5 is a midsize sedan that offers the classic Saab look but sometimes falls short on performance.

The Range

Body Styles: four-door sedan, five-door station wagon
Engines: 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed manual, six-speed automatic
Models: Saab 9-5 Base

What's New

For 2006, Saab's 9-5 model enjoyed an exterior refresh coupled with a $2,000 price reduction, a retuned suspension, and a new layout for controls.


The 2006 Saab 9-5 has 17-inch wheels, a rear defogger, and a sunroof. This car is 70.5 inches in width, 57.2 inches in height, and 190.4 inches in length. The front track is 59.9 inches, and rear track is the same amount of inches as the front track. The wheelbase is 106.4 inches, and the curb weight is 3470 pounds. The colors to choose from include black, metallic red, blue, metallic silver, and polar white.


Certain aspects of the 9-5’s interior design fall short, and the dashboard is one of them. This dashboard looks dull and not fitting with what drivers expect from a traditional Saab. But this car’s sound system with six speakers really sends out good quality sound. In addition, it has an MP3 player.

The front head room is 38.7 inches, and the front leg room is 42.4 inches. The front shoulder room is 56.9, and it includes adjustable driver and passenger seats. The rear head room is 37, and rear leg room is 36.6. The shoulder room is 56.5 inches. The interior of the 2006 Saab 9-5 also has the cruise control, trunk release, reading lights, and audio player with six speakers and two subwoofers. The interior also has good gear shift options.

Performance & Handling

The 2006 Saab 9-5 has a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine with 258 lb-ft of torque at 1900 rpm. This engine also has 260 horsepower at 5300 rpm, and the transmission is six-speed manual. The engine and gas mileage are great according to customer reviews, but there are occasional problems with the airbags. The sunroof also doesn’t always work properly and makes excess noise. The 2006 Saab 9-5 drives well in tough weather conditions but not well on bumpy or hilly terrain. Some customers found it hard to get replaceable parts from a Saab dealer, but overall, the car gives a smooth ride and good acceleration. This car also has excellent brake and headlight functions. According to some customer reviews, the 250 horsepower is adequate but not impressive on the road compared to other vehicles. The climate control feature does a good job of maintaining a balanced temperature in the car no matter the weather condition. Overall, the performance of the 2006 Saab 9-5 is adequate but not excellent.


Safety features inside the 2006 Saab 9-5 include traction control, a pretensioner that keeps seat belts in place upon impact, airbags, child seat anchors, anti-lock brakes, which detect when tires don’t rotate, OnStar navigation system, and a panic alarm. Customers who purchased this car were impressed with the safety features, particularly the anti-lock brakes. However, some customers thought OnStar didn’t give accurate directions.

EPA Fuel Economy

Saab 9-5: 18/27 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Safety features
  • Gas mileage
  • Operation of brakes and engine
  • Affordability
  • Smooth ride while driving

You Won't Like

  • Small trunk space
  • Occasional problems with transmission
  • Lack of ability to get replaceable parts
  • Doesn’t run well on some bumpy roads

Sum Up

Just right for families who like added luxury.

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