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2011 Saab 9-5

Large luxury car
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Electronic stability control, includes roll stability control
4
Antilock brakes
5
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2012
G
G
G
G
2011
G
G
G
G
2010
G
G
G
G
2009
G
A
A
2008
G
A
A
2007
G
A
A
2006
G
A
A
2005
G
A
A
2004
G
A
2003
G
A
2002
G
A
2001
A
A
2000
A
A
1999
A
A

Applies to 2010-12 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Saab 9-5 was redesigned for the 2010 model year. Its size and weight were increased sufficiently to reclassify it as a large luxury car. (Earlier models were classified as midsize luxury/near luxury cars.) Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Saab as part of frontal crash test verification.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. Both side curtain airbags deployed during the crash. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2011 Saab 9-5 Aero 4-door 4wd
Weight 4,350 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase112 in.
Length197 in.
Width74 in.
Engine2.8 L turbocharged V6
EPA ratings17 mpg city / 27 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF1015
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)2
Left (cm)7
Center (cm)8
Right (cm)6
Brake pedal (cm)1
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)1
Right (cm)1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)1
Rearward (cm)3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)1

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF1015
Head
HIC-15276
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm)11
Maximum Nij 0.29
Chest maximum compression (mm)30
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.2
Femur force - right (kN)0.3
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.32
Maximum tibia index - right0.55
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.6
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left53
Right54

Applies to 2010-12 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
A
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Saab 9-5 was redesigned for the 2010 model year. Its size and weight were increased sufficiently to reclassify it as a large luxury car, and it now shares its basic body design with the Buick LaCrosse. (Earlier models were classified as midsize luxury/near luxury cars.) Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Saab as part of side crash test verification.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures 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.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2011 Saab 9-5 Aero 4-door 4wd
Weight 4,215 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase112 in.
Length197 in.
Width74 in.
Engine2.8-liter turbocharged V6
EPA ratings17 mpg city / 27 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTS1015
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.
-22.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTS1015
Head HIC-15363
Neck
Tension (kN)1.1
Compression (kN)0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)43
Lateral force (kN)1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)37
Average deflection (mm)35
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.92
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.66
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)2.0
Acetabulum force (kN)2.2
Combined force (kN)3.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.5
L-M moment (Nm)57
A-P moment (Nm) 29

Passenger injury measures

Test IDVTS1015
Head HIC-1597
Neck
Tension (kN)0.3
Compression (kN)0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)19
Lateral force (kN)
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)13
Average deflection (mm)10
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.92
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.66
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.3
Acetabulum force (kN)2.3
Combined force (kN)2.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.2
L-M moment (Nm)63
A-P moment (Nm) 17

Applies to 2010-12 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight3,832 lbs
Peak force22,434 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio5.85
Tested vehicle
2011 Saab 9-5 Premium 4-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2010-12 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Head restraints & seats ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Power cloth seats (AHR)

How this test is conducted

Seat typePower cloth seats (AHR)
Geometry
Backset (mm)32
Distance below top of head (mm)-10
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)11.9
Head contact time (ms)59
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)47
Max neck tension (N)519

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