Saab 9-5 safety ratings

Jan 2004 - Current (front + side + head airbags)

About this test

The left-hand-drive European model was tested by EuroNCAP. Australasian specifications may vary and therefore models sold in Australasia might provide different levels of protection to those described on this page.

About the test vehicles

2 litre
Kerb weight:
1490 kg
Vehicles built:
Front + side + head airbags

ANCAP safety

Good score:  32.56 out of 37

The Saab 9-5 scored 12.57 out of 16 in the offset crash test. The passenger compartment held its shape well. There was a slight risk of serious chest injury for the driver and passenger. leg protection was marginal for the driver. The vehicle scored 16 out of 16 in the side impact crash test. A further 2 points were score din the optional pole test. 2 points scored for advanced seat belt reminders earned the vehicle a 5 star rating.

Frontal offset crash test

Body region scores out of 4 points each: Head/neck 4pts, chest 3.43pts, upper legs 1.76pts, lower legs 3.47pts. The passenger compartment held its shape well in the offset crash test. The brake pedal mounts released in the crash, reducing the risk of foot injury. The steering wheel hub moved rearwards 59mm and upwards 10mm The front ("A") pillar moved 60mm rearwards. All doors remained closed during the crash. After the crash tools were required to open the driver’s door. The airbag cushioned the head of the driver and contact was stable. Steering column components were a potential source of injury for the driver's knees. The passenger's head was cushioned by the airbag.

Front danger map

Side impact crash test

Body region scores out of 4 points each: Head 4pts, chest 4pts, abdomen 4pts, pelvis 4pts. The vehicle was eligible for an optional pole impact test, since it had head-protecting side airbags and scored four points for the head in the side impact test. The manufacturer decided to go ahead with the pole test and the vehicle earned a further two points.

Side danger map

Pedestrian safety


A pedestrian test was not conducted on the 2004 model Saab 9-5.