2009 Saab 9-5 Wagon
Avg. Price Paid:$11,426 - $11,948
Original MSRP: $41,675 - $43,270
MPG: 17 City / 27 Hwy
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2009 Saab 9-5 Wagon Interior

This interior review was written when the 2009 Saab 9-5 Wagon was new.

Auto writers appreciate the 9-5 SportCombi's comfortable seats, straight-forward controls, and large cargo hold. Some, however, complain of subpar fit and finish, as well as tight legroom in the backseat.

  • "Many cabin surfaces are soft-touch, but we think too many budget-grade plastics detract from this interior's upscale feel." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The 9-5's overall design hasn't changed much since the car was first introduced, although the original dash layout has since been replaced with a less quirky, more ergonomically friendly GM treatment. The quality of the interior features leaves something to be desired, however." -- Edmunds


The 9-5 SportCombi provides seating for five, though some reviewers say it's best suited for four. And while the 9-5 has comfortable seats, critics find the rear lacks legroom. 

  • "Most importantly, front and rear passengers are likely to find both the 9-5 Sedan and the SportCombi plenty roomy and comfortable." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "[T]he 9-5 is a comfortable place to spend time, with ample passenger room and exceptionally comfortable seats -- especially when equipped with the ventilation feature." -- Edmunds
  • "The [front] seats are generously sized, but too soft for best support.  ... [Rear] Headroom is adequate, but knee clearance is tight if the front seats are pushed far back. Some testers want more foot space. The rear bench is nicely contoured and supportive, though too narrow for comfortable three-passenger trips." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

With the exception of a few design quirks, most critics find the Saab 9-5 SportCombi's controls intuitive and easy to read.

  • "Though the 9-5's interior continues to see improvements, traditionalists can rest easy knowing the center console-mounted ignition key tumbler and three-dimensional grid air vents remain." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Clear gauges are unobstructed. The climate and audio controls are easy to use. We don't mind the center-console-mounted ignition switch--a Saab custom. Some of our testers find the power window switches located there inconvenient. Programming the navigation system requires some practice, and with one CD slot, you must choose between playing music or viewing the map CD." -- Consumer Guide
  • "A centralized digital readout displays radio, climate, and car info, all nicely organized. Dual-zone climate control is standard on all models, as are steering-wheel audio controls - useful features." -- U.S. News
  • "The front seats have their own fan inside, which keeps them cool and dry on a warm day, or warm and dry on a cold day. Some competitors offer ventilated seats, but only on their most expensive models, and some competing systems are noisy, with the fan on full-blast." -- Forbes


Auto writers, on balance, are pleased with the '09 9-5 SportCombi's 73.0 cubic-feet of cargo space (36.8 cubic-feet with the rear seat up).  

  • "For those who need extra cargo capacity, the SportCombi wagon is a good alternative to an SUV, as it supplies 37 cubic feet of luggage capacity with the rear seats in use and 73 cubes with them folded. That's more space than some luxury compact SUVs, such as the Acura RDX." -- Edmunds
  • "The large trunk has a flat floor and cabin pass-through. The SportCombi's cargo bay is cavernous, with neat under-floor storage. Both body styles have split folding rear seatbacks. There's no excess passenger-compartment storage. Cupholders are limited to pop-out dashboard contraptions that are taxed by larger drinks, and a center-console insert that negates use of the armrest." -- Consumer Guide
  • "A cooled glove box lets you pack lunch and a drink for the road. The 9-5 Sedan features a conspicuously generous trunk, while the SportCombi's cargo floor includes twin recessed aluminum rails that make it easy to secure loads." -- Kelley Blue Book
Review Last Updated: 3/23/10

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