The old refrain among SUV buyers is that large cars are safer because there's more material around you to absorb an impact. While on the surface this logic may seem sound, one look at the crash-test results for the 2008 Saab 9-7X show that bigger isn't always better.
Tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) did not treat the 9-7X Saab well, and reviews read by TheCarConnection.com noticed. The NHTSA gives the 2008 Saab 9-7X three stars for front-impact driver protection, four stars for the front passenger side, and five stars for side impact tests. Cars.com is quick to mention that the Saab 9-7X’s safety ratings "trail those that NHTSA awarded to many 9-7X competitors." However, USA Today points out that during Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testing, ratings for the Saab 9-7X "improved to receive the second-highest rating of acceptable." While the IIHS did give the 9-7X Saab an Acceptable rating for its frontal offset test, the 9-7X still scores a Marginal rating for side impacts.
Crash-test results are surprising, given the list of safety features on the 2008 Saab 9-7X. ForbesAutos appreciates the "rollover-sensing, side-curtain airbags," while ConsumerGuide lists other safety features, including "dual front airbags...antilock 4-wheel disc brakes, antiskid system w/ rollover sensors, [and] tire-pressure monitor." Driver visibility is decent on the Saab 9-7X, although ConsumerGuide feels that "headrests and thick roof pillars interfere with visibility" toward the back of the car.