2008 Saab 9-5 Interior
This interior review was written when the 2008 Saab 9-5 was new.
The 2008 Saab 9-5's cabin is one of its strongest selling points and ranks among the best in the class. The 9-5 comes with a long list of standard amenities, and most reviews say that both front and rear passengers should expect to find the car spacious and comfortable.
Many reviewers were pleased with the front-row seating in the 9-5. "Most drivers will find the 9-5's seats exceptionally comfortable, especially those equipped with the optional heating and ventilation feature, says Edmunds. Consumer Guide says, "Seats generously sized, but too soft for best support." Kelley Blue Book says that "drivers and passengers will appreciate that front and rear heated seats are included as standard equipment."
The rear seat got slightly less positive reviews. Consumer Guide says "Rear bench nicely contoured and supportive, though too narrow for comfortable three-abreast trips," and adds "Adequate head room, but knee clearance tight if front seats are pushed far back." Overall, however, most reviewers say that the passenger cabin was comfortable and roomy. "The 9-5 has midsize exterior dimensions, but offers extraordinary roominess," says MSN. "Passenger room is excellent all around," adds Edmunds.
The Saab 9-5 has a long list of standard amenities which MSN lists as "a power sunroof, a 200-watt sound system with an in-dash 6-disc CD player, and a glove box tied to the air conditioning system to provide refrigerator temperature to stow everything from a cold drink to a chocolate bar." Reviewers like the interior storage and convenience details. "The Saab's got more personality, too -- a traditional strong point," says the National Motorists Association reviewer. "From the console-mounted ignition switch to the clever pop-out/folding beverage holder in the dashboard to the unique 'Night Panel' button that lets you turn off all the gauges and illumination except for the bare necessities, Saab's have a funky attitude unlike anything else." Not every reviewer liked Saab's unconventional interior. "Space is plentiful in the glove compartment, as well as in the trunk, although -- in another of Saab's quirks -- the trunk-release button is on the driver's door, which we found counterintuitive and inconvenient," says CNET. Other reviewers took issue with some of the interior's material quality. "Materials quality could use improvement in some spots," reports Edmunds.
Stereo and Entertainment
"The Harman Kardon audio system with a six-disc in-dash CD changer is amazingly good for a standard car stereo," says CNET. "It features a 200-watt amplifier, nine speakers, and two subwoofers. The stereo also supports MP3 playback and displays one line of track ID, which falls short to our liking but is a neat feature all the same. "
The Saab 9-5 offers an optional DVD-based navigation system, which provides turn-by-turn directions and points of interest. However, opting for the navigation system means that buyers can't add the optional XM Satellite Radio. Also, the navigation system removes the in-dash six-CD changer. Instead a CD changer is mounted in the trunk.
"A split-folding rear seat and nearly 16 cubic feet of trunk space give the Saab 9-5 an added level of versatility," says Edmunds. Kelley Blue Book calls the 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space in the 9-5 "conspicuously generous" and the majority of reviewers agree it is a nice size. "Loading cargo into the trunk is a breeze," says Autoweb. "The opening is huge despite the use of gas struts to support the lid, and the liftover height is remarkably low."