Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Saab 9-5 1998

. , 4 door saloon

Test Date: Mar 2000

Saab 9-5 crash test picture Crash Star Rating Crash Rating 4 Stars
Front-impact score
Side-impact score
Seat belt reminder
Total score
13 (81.0%)
18 (100.0%)
Pedestrian Star Rating Pedestrian Rating 2 Stars
Pedestrian-test score 12 (33.0%)

Compare with other cars in the Executive Car category

Of the Executive cars tested in 2000, the 9-5 provided the best protection for the driver and passenger in the frontal impact. It also gained full marks for its performance in the side-impact test, meaning that the car easily passes new legislation taking effect from October. The Saab-brand child restraints used for the tests were rear facing, but in the side impact recorded unusually high chest accelerations, indicating a risk of injury was present. The 9-5's pedestrian protection rated as average, but there was a high risk of serious injury to their lower limbs. Following the introduction of the pole test in 2000, Saab commissioned this test to prove that the head-protecting airbag that has been fitted as standard safety equipment on the 9-5 since its introduction during August 1997, will pass the requirements demanded. This it has done, proving that the car remains the safest that Euro NCAP has yet tested. The head-protecting device is a seat-mounted thorax airbag that has an upper chamber designed to improve protection for the driver's and front passenger's heads.

Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Adequate
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Marginal Driver left femur - Adequate
Driver right lower leg - Adequate Driver left lower leg - Good
Driver right foot - Good Driver left foot - Good
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Adequate
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Good Passenger left femur - Good
Passenger right lower leg - Adequate Passenger left lower leg - Adequate
Passenger right foot Passenger left foot
Side impact head - Good, Pole test - Pass
Side impact chest - Good
Side impact abdomen - Good
Side impact pelvis - Good
Green = Good Good
Yellow = Adequate Adequate
Orange = Marginal Marginal
Brown = Weak Weak
Red = Poor Poor