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Past Issues Index
Roadfly Magazine
Issue Five
Feb. 24, 2003
Detroit Auto Show
Detroit Auto Show Photo Gallery
Daytona 24 Hour
Chevy Tahoe
Saab 9-5
Contest Winners
Coming Next Issue
Bentley Arnage R
Cayenne School
Daytona 500
Bose Headphones

Road Test: 2003 Saab 9-5, continued.

Saab Wagon

Saab Station Wagon 9-5

Rear seat accommodations are very good as well, especially head room, which is normally compromised in other sport sedans. Our tester came with rear HVAC air vents and seat heaters, which were appreciated by passengers. When not ferrying people the rear seats flip and fold with a 60/40 configuration, allowing the 9-5 to carry a prodigious amount of cargo.

The trunk offers 15.9 cubic feet of space - one of the largest in its class, and the folding rear seat almost doubles that space. By comparison, the BMW 5-series offers only 11 cubic feet of cargo space.

We carried a variety of odd-shaped items and were surprised with what the car could hold. A 6-foot ladder and several cans of paint were easy, four 16" tires were carried without drama, and the car even handled the wares from a shopping spree at the local warehouse club with room to spare.

Suffice it to say, the interior is very roomy and airy with excellent visibility in all directions. If you carry passengers frequently or just want a car with a little more interior room, make sure to consider the 9-5 before making a decision to go with another brand.

OK, so you're asking, "where's all the quirky stuff?" Well, the car does offer some unusual features. The most noticeable of which being the ignition key - it fits into the center console; not the dash, as a "traditional" auto might. It's a Saab feature that goes back decades. Aside from throwing valets and first time Saab owners a bit of a learning curve, we found that if you carry a lot of keys (or more annoyingly a lot of novelty key fobs) on your keyring, you'll find they occasionally get in the way of the power windows controls which are also on the center console.

Expanding on the "tales from the quirky side" is another odd feature - the air-conditioned glove box. We're not real sure exactly what you would want to keep cooled in there, but you can open a little flap that allows cool air to circulate inside of the glove box if you've just got to have it.

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