The Saab 9-5 is a mid-sized car that first entered the market into an annual model in 1997. It competed directly with the popular contemporary Volvo 850 and later the V70, which it also resembles in terms of features such as interior and exterior dimensions and cargo volume. The first generation was manufactured for over ten years, more specifically to the 2009 model year before the new, more luxurious and expensive, Saab 9-5: led by Victor Mueller was introduced in 2010. This model only lasted for two years when Saab filed for bankruptcy and the last cars were manufactured in Trollhättan in 2011 as 2012 year models.
The first generation was manufactured under the direction of American General Motors and was available as both a combination and a sedan model. The most common powertrains are gasoline powered with a four-speed automatic transmission (from the 2002 model, the box received an extra gear) or a five-speed manual box. The mildest engine variants were four-cylinder with cylinder volume of either 2- or 2.3 liters of which the former is most fuel efficient. There was also a 200 horsepower 3 liter V6 powerful engine that was shared with the then Opel Omega. The engine was strong with fine driving characteristics but with significantly higher fuel consumption than the four-cylinder engines. A diesel engine of 1.9 or 2.2 liters was also offered but is not as common as the diesel trend did not reach Sweden until the mid-2000s.
The last year models of Saab 9-5 are more common to find with diesel engines. It is speculated that in the future the second generation Saab 9-5 will receive a collector value as the model is the last Saab car with total production figures of only 12,000 copies. With the second generation Saab 9-5, a step up was made to the so-called premium segment and the aim was pronounced to compete with the Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series. This generation 9-5 is available with both petrol and diesel engines, all equipped with turbo, from 1.6- to 2.8-liters and with all-wheel drive or without. The most economical and environmentally friendly choice is the petrol-powered 1.6-liter engine.