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2008 Saab 9-5 Wagon
Avg. Price Paid:$11,748 - $12,084
Original MSRP: $38,955 - $40,070
MPG: 17 City / 26 Hwy
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2008 Saab 9-5 Wagon Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Saab 9-5 Wagon was new.

The 2008 Saab 9-5 SportCombi has a roomy interior. "The leather-clad cabin in the Saab 9-5 SportCombi is spacious, comfortable and efficiently designed," says Forbes. Edmunds notes "its spacious interior offers plenty of passenger room and a maximum cargo capacity of 73 cubic feet." As with the exterior, Edmunds says, "Some Saab fans might be disappointed that the interior no longer has much of the Swedish brand's traditional distinctiveness." And some complain that the materials are not as nice as they could be. "Many cabin surfaces are soft-touch," says Consumer Guide, "but some testers say too many budget-grade plastics detract from this interior's upscale feel."

Seating

The 2008 Saab 9-5 SportCombi has room for five people to stretch out and relax. Edmunds calls it "a comfortable place to spend time, with ample passenger room and exceptionally comfortable seats." Consumer Guide says the front seats have plenty of room and are generously sized, but still they're "too soft for best support." The only sign of discomfort is in the rear, where Consumer Guide finds the "knee clearance tight if front seats are pushed far back." Although the backseats offer adequate head room, Consumer Guide reports the rear bench is "nicely contoured and supportive, though too narrow for comfortable three-abreast trips."

Interior Features

Gauges and controls in the SportCombi are both easy-to-read and use, and an overwhelming number comment on Saab's traditional placing of the ignition switch between the seats. Consumer Guide finds the gauges unobstructed and easy to use, then adds, "We don't mind the center-console-mounted ignition switch -- a Saab custom. But some testers find window switches located there inconvenient." Edmunds notes the 9-5's gauges are a carryover from other GM models. "Normally, we'd be skeptical about a Saab sharing its center stack controls with the Chevrolet HHR," they write, "but the new pieces integrate nicely into the 9-5's cockpit and greatly improve its ergonomics."

The SportCombi doesn't offer some of the advanced features its competitors provide. Forbes says the 9-5 "lags a bit behind most other large luxury cars in terms of offering the latest high-tech gadget features," but still praises a cooled glove box "that allows passengers to keep a few bottles or cans chilled when the air-conditioning is engaged." Kelley Blue Book adds, "Cool-climate drivers and passengers will appreciate that front and rear heated seats are included as standard equipment. Those further south might be more interested in the optional ventilated front seats."

Other interior features in the SportCombi include AM/FM Harman/Kardon-tuned audio with eight speakers, a six-disc in-dash CD changer, integrated audio controls on the steering wheel, an MP3-compatible auxiliary input jack, leather-appointed sport seats, dark walnut trim, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. A DVD-based navigation system is available as an option. Consumer Guide notes programming the navigation system "requires some practice, and with one CD slot, you must choose between playing music or viewing map CD, though a trunk-mounted CD changer is included when navigation is ordered."

Cargo

The 2008 Saab 9-5 SportCombi has 36.8 cubic feet of storage space behind the rear seat and 73 cubic feet with the second row seats folded. Most describe this as far more than adequate. The "cargo bay is cavernous," says Consumer Guide, "with neat under-floor storage." The Chicago Sun-Times says that "the wagon has such a large cargo space with its rear seat folded forward that it outdoes some midsize sport-utility vehicles." As far as other storage goes, Consumer Guide complains, "Cupholders limited to pop-out dashboard contraption that's taxed by larger drinks, and center-console insert that negates use of armrest."

Review Last Updated: 2/26/09

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