Applies to 1999-2009 models
|Structure and safety cage|
|Driver injury measures|
|Rear passenger injury measures|
|Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.
The Saab 9-5 was introduced in the 1999 model year. Although engineering changes were made to improve frontal crashworthiness beginning with 2002 models built after November 2001, these changes were not expected to affect side-impact performance.
The 9-5 was modestly restyled for the 2006 model year.
Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that a fracture of the pelvis would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.
Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.
Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side airbag that deployed from the seat.
Passenger — The dummy's head was hit by the pillar behind the rear passenger door and the window glass and window sill of the rear door. The pillar is required by federal standard to provide some protection for occupants' heads. The impacts with the window glass and sill did not produce high head injury measures, but the head protection is inadequate.
Tested vehicle specifications
|Tested vehicle||2004 Saab 9-5 Arc 4-door|
|Weight|| 3,506 lbs.|
|Side airbags||standard front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags|
|Engine||2.3 L turbocharged 4-cylinder|
|EPA ratings||19 mpg city / 28 mpg highway|
How this test is conducted
Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side
|B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) |
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
Driver injury measures
|Lateral deflection (mm)||39|
|Lateral force (kN)||1.7|
|Maximum deflection (mm)||26|
|Average deflection (mm)||20|
|Maximum deflection rate (m/s)||3.73|
|Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)||0.39|
|Iliac force (kN)||2.9|
|Acetabulum force (kN)||3.0|
|Combined force (kN)||5.7|
Passenger injury measures
|Lateral deflection (mm)||40|
|Lateral force (kN)||1.8|
|Maximum deflection (mm)||44|
|Average deflection (mm)||33|
|Maximum deflection rate (m/s)||3.75|
|Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)||0.62|
|Iliac force (kN)||1.1|
|Acetabulum force (kN)||2.8|
|Combined force (kN)||3.3|