2010 is the year in which the Saab 9-5 is scheduled to be replaced with a brand-new model, but for now the 2009 Saab 9-5 continues with only minor changes, many of which are names for new colors. Both body styles, the sedan and SportCombi wagon, are showing their age, as Automobile Magazine notes, “with the current car dating back to 1998, an all-new 9-5 is long past due.”
According to Edmunds, “The Saab 9-5 has not been redesigned since its debut, though it did receive a recent update for the 2006 model year that included an exterior face-lift.” Motor Trend notes, “The 9-5's new front-end styling features projector-style headlamps set in a unique matte-black housing,” but adds the “nose and tail fail to hide its long-in-the tooth styling and the doors and tumblehome remain unchanged (and are showing their wrinkles).” Automobile Magazine thinks that refresher gave the 9-5 “cleaner front and rear styling.” The Auto Channel comments that even though "the 9-5 underwent a significant freshening that included an exterior face-lift" two years ago, for the Saab 9-5 2009 "there's just no escaping the fact that it's still partying, er, driving like it's 1999." Kelley Blue Book observes that it holds a strong appeal to "purists who shun the overly high-tech approach and flashy styling so pervasive in today's luxury sedans."
The 2009 Saab 9-5 does show off revised power window switches in the center console, and although the 9-5’s interior still says "Saab," the cliff-like face to the 9-5’s instrument panel hasn't changed the fact that it's more than a decade old. At least it has easily readable displays and an ergonomic layout of switches and dials. Car and Driver praises its “restrained interior design and materials.”