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FEATURES | 7 out of 10
Aero Package is a worthwhile upgrade
impressive number of features, but it pales in comparison against much newer competitors
When it comes to luxury features as standard equipment, the 2009 Saab 9-5’s competitors provide more choices.
The Auto Channel observes that because the 2009 Saab 9-5 lacks 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,"
All 2009 Saab 9-5 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 too. Stock gear in the 2009 Saab 9-5 also includes a sunroof, leather seats, and 17-inch alloy wheels; a six-CD, in-dash changer comes standard in the 9-5, as well, along with XM Satellite Radio and an input jack for MP3 players.
Since its introduction in 1999, the Saab 9-5’s overall design hasn't changed much. The Auto Channel notes that "the once convoluted, button-happy radio and climate controls have since been replaced by straightforward GM-sourced units."
“A visibility option package includes xenon headlamps, power-folding and auto-dimming side mirrors, and rear park assist,” Cars.com reports. For some reason, the optional in-dash DVD navigation system cannot be had in tandem with the satellite radio system or CD changer.
While lacking the latest high-end options, the 2009 Saab 9-5 at least covers the basics expected in its luxury class.