2005 Saab-9-5 Crash Test

This is why the old Saab 9-5 may be the safest car in the world

For many, this title may mean nothing, after all, the Saab brand has not been of interest to the public over the past few decades. Mainly because they didn’t make any new cars or even old ones, they stopped working after that General motors pulled the plug. Modern manufacturers have made major leaps in crash safety since Saab’s last exit from the market in 2016. With the advent of technologies for autonomous driving, lane-keeping assist, blind spot monitoring and preventive braking, modern cars are much safer than their predecessors. However, these technologies are largely the exclusive domain of luxury car manufacturers. Thus out of reach of the general public like you and me.


Here enters the old Saab 9-5. Saab in its current state mainly manufactures weapons under the motto “It is the human right to feel safe”. However, this philosophy made its way into their cars. Saab’s marketing materials focused on two things in their earlier years. First, it’s great that they made airplanes and designed their cars with the same attention to detail. Secondly, the turbocharger is very cool. However, this did not detract from their focus on crash safety.

Saab has earned the Euro NCAP rating, making it the safest and most affordable car for sale.

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Saab 9-5s scored impressively in crash tests

Under the leadership of the now disgraced Max Mosley, the former FIA mastermind. The Euro NCAP rating system has forced manufacturers to pay close attention to the crash safety of their model. Separated from the industry, they purchased and tested cars at their own expense. At first, the auto industry refused to play with this new charitable organization. until According to Euro NCAPRenault received its first five-star crash rating for the 2001 Laguna. They used it in their marketing materials and as a result, the value of both crash safety and Euro NCAP went to the roof.

Now before this, Swedish car manufacturers were already working on accident safety. Take Volvo for example, in the twentieth century it was a pioneer in breakdown zones and even a 3-point seatbelt. Saab took similar engineering steps, famously igniting it in the center console, pinning it toward the floor. This was even in the event of an accident that the key wouldn’t get stuck in the driver’s leg. Saab also introduced active head restraints that softened the blow in collisions.

The 2003 Saab 9-5 has a 5-star passenger safety rating, which is very good. Even in the crash test photos, the crash test dummies look intact. However, the car fell with a pedestrian safety that only got a two-star rating. The 2002 Saab 9-3 also earned a five-star rating, and it’s a car that has basically not changed since 1998. If NCAP had had Saabs models before Renault’s second-generation Laguna, the title would belong to them. In 2005, IIHS tested the vehicle. Obtaining good and acceptable metrics. The moderate overlap up front proved good in head-to-head collisions. However, side collisions and head restraints caused the car to plummet.

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Saab 9-5s don’t have bad crash reviews

The last generation Saab 9-5 went on sale in 2009. With a sophisticated design, the model struggled to keep the struggling Swedish brand in business. The Euro NCAP report gave the car a safety rating of 90% for adults, 80% for children, and 44% for pedestrians. However, for many drivers, this third number is not a major concern. Interestingly enough, crash testers gave this car 86% to help with safety. Citing directly the electronic stability control and the seat belt reminder as the reason for awarding both three points.

If you enter the car for testing today it will not get a five star rating. The popular NCAP crash test was revised in 2017, which significantly reduced the number of five-star cars. This not only forces manufacturers to use more safety technologies but also encourages their widespread adoption even at the cheaper end of the market.

This is why the Saab 9-5 is still a safe car

So the Saab 9-5 would not have a 5-star rating if the same car had been launched today. Without the luxury driving aids or autonomous driving modes, it fell off the curve. However, someone who looks at a Saab, which is more than a decade or two older, would not consider it a modern luxury car. According to Classic, the used-car values ‚Äč‚Äčaggregator found that the average first-generation 9-5 sells for just over $8,000. The second generation car is about 16 thousand dollars. Now compared to other cars under $10,000, the old Saab seems to be a remarkably reasonable and safe choice.

Plus one more interesting. Take for comparison the Ford Crown Victoria, a car in a similar price category. IIHS classifies this as having marginal side protection and head restraint protection. A similar vintage Corolla scored worse than the lowest possible IIHS rating. So the Saab 9-5 may no longer hold the title of the safest car on the planet. However, for someone on a budget, it is definitely the safest car available to them.

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