2000 9-5 New Car Test Drive
It's nice to see station wagons making a comeback. This new Saab 9-5 wagon from Sweden has been introduced to do battle with the some great wagons from Audi, BMW, Volvo and the domestics. There are thinking people out there with larger families, pets and hobbies who wouldn't be caught dead in a minivan. They have no need for four-wheel drive and can't see much sense in the sport-utility craze. Sporty European wagons, such as this Saab 9-5, are aimed directly at them. It offers the quality and panache of a foreign make with the utility of a station wagon.
The Saab 9-5 (pronounced 'nine five') wagon comes in only the base and SE versions. The base model has a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The loaded SE comes with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6; it also comes with a higher level of standard equipment, including traction control and leather upholstery, both of which are optional on the base model. Options include a dealer-installed slide-out cargo floor, heated front and rear seats, and special ventilated seats with electric fans built into them.