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impressive number of features, but it pales in comparison against much newer competitors
Aero Package is a worthwhile upgrade
The 2008 Saab 9-5 offers many luxury features as standard equipment, but the competition has many more to offer.
Stock gear in the 2008 Saab 9-5 includes a sunroof, leather seats, and 17-inch alloy wheels; a six-CD, in-dash changer also comes standard in the 9-5, along with XM Satellite Radio and an input jack for MP3 players. All models feature a cooled glove box to keep drinks chilled as well as leather-trimmed interiors with dual-zone climate control.
Edmunds notes “heated leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control and Harman Kardon sound” are standard as well.
While the Saab 9-5's overall design hasn't changed much since it was introduced in 1999, The Auto Channel notes that "the once convoluted, button-happy radio and climate controls have since been replaced by straightforward GM-sourced units."
Unusually, the optional in-dash DVD navigation system cannot be had in tandem with the satellite radio system or CD changer. “A visibility option package includes xenon headlamps, power-folding and auto-dimming side mirrors, and rear park assist,” Cars.com reports.
Lacking advanced safety options such as radar cruise control, adaptive lighting, entertainment systems, and the like, the Saab 9-5 "pales in comparison against much newer competitors," The Auto Channel observes.
The 2008 Saab 9-5 covers the luxury basics, but it’s lacking in the latest high-end options.