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2012 Saab 9-5

large luxury car / 4-door sedan

2012 Saab 9-5 4-door sedan
2011 Saab 9-5 shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

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 2010-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Saab 9-5 Aero 4-door 4wd

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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1015
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 ID VTF1015
Head
HIC-15 276
Peak gs at hard contact no 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 - left 0.32
Maximum tibia index - right 0.55
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.6
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 53
Right 54

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2010-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2010 Saab 9-5 Aero 4-door 4wd with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags

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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1015
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -22.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1015
Head HIC-15 363
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 ID VTS1015
Head HIC-15 97
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

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2010-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Saab 9-5 Premium 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,832 lbs
Peak force 22,434 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.85

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2010-12 models

Seat type: Power cloth seats (AHR)

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power cloth seats (AHR)
Geometry
Backset (mm) 32
Distance below top of head (mm) -10
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.9
Head contact time (ms) 59
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 47
Max neck tension (N) 519

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted