2001 Saab 9-5

midsize luxury car / 4-door sedan

2001 Saab 9-5 4-door sedan
1999 Saab 9-5 shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 1999-2001 models

Tested vehicle: 1999 Saab 9-5 SE 4-door

The Saab 9-5 was introduced in the 1999 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained reasonably well.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the dummy's head contacted the B-pillar and head restraint during rebound. Head accelerations from these hits were low.

Intrusion into the driver footwell area contributed to high injury measures on the dummy's lower right leg, indicating the likelihood of injury.

Side

Rating applies to 1999-2009 models

Tested vehicle: 2004 Saab 9-5 Arc 4-door with standard front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags

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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbag and damage to the occupant compartment.

Action shot taken during the side impact crash test showing the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy's head was hit by the pillar behind the rear passenger door and the window glass and window sill of the rear door.