in 2011 Upscale Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $16,771 - $21,796
Original MSRP: $38,525 - $49,565
MPG: 17 City / 27 Hwy
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2011 Saab 9-5 Interior

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With interior space that rivals luxury large cars, the 9-5 is adored by critics who find the interior comfortable and easy-to-use. The rear seat in the 9-5 is significantly bigger than what is available in the upscale midsize class. Still, many writers point out that details like plastic trim take away from the overall package. They just aren’t as nice as you’d expect in a near-luxury car.

  • "The interior finish is better and richer than ever, and there's way more room." -- AutoWeek
  • "The 9-5 Aero interior is an honestly solid execution in taking the recent Opel/Buick/Cadillac high quality and making it Saab’s own." -- Winding Road
  • "While it’s lacking in a few areas, the 9-5’s cabin is still a nice place to live, and it feels quite large in there." -- Kilometer Magazine


Nearly every reviewer says the 9-5's seats are comfortable and roomy. However, some complain that the top-of-the-line Aero’s sport seats lack support. Most reviewers say the back seat is roomy, but a few reviewers say that headroom is a little tight.

  • "If Saab wants to woo luxury car buyers, all it needs to do is get them into the incredibly cozy front seats of the 9-5." -- Edmunds
  • "We noted plenty of space up front, and rear-seat legroom is positively mammoth, although that gracefully lilting roofline and a rather high bottom cushion means that headroom is limited for taller folks, and ingress and egress is a head-stooping affair" -- Autoblog
  • "Rear-seat riders will love the amount of legroom, which makes a 5-series seem positively parsimonious." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Aero sport seats could be more sporting as well, as regards their overall support especially at the sides." -- Winding Road

Interior Features

The flagship 9-5 benefits from what several reviewers say is one of the richest interiors to be put out by Saab. Additionally, Autoblog points out that this vehicle comes with a substantial amount of equipment that is usually optional on competitors. Still, some reviewers say that the interior lacks a premium feel. While reviewers say the interior materials aren’t horrifying, they don't match what class leaders offer.

  • "But it's important to note that at that price the 9-5 comes loaded to the headliner with features like sat-nav, moonroof, lane-departure warning, active bi-xenon headlamps, park assist, heated and cooled leather seats, iPod integration, 19-inch wheels and a heads-up display - all items that can easily add another 10 grand to its competitors' bottom lines." -- Autoblog
  • "The greatest carryover from previous Saabs isn't the gimmicky button placement, but rather the disappointing prevalence of cheap black plastic on the dash." -- Popular Mechanics


When it comes to cargo space, the 2011 9-5 should keep even a hitman happy -- it has 18.2 cubic feet of cargo space. Although not a single reviewer talks about it, this is roomier than the Mercedes-Benz E-Class’s trunk, which has nearly 16 cubic feet of space, and a significant difference when compared to upscale midsize cars like the Volvo S60, which only has 12 cubic feet of space.