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Car reviews - Saab - 9-5 - SE Estate wagon

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21 Jun 2001

2.0-litre engine produces 110kW at 5500rpm, with 240Nm of torque produced between 1800 and 3500rpm

The smaller engine uses a shorter stroke than 2.3-litre versions

Optional slide-out rear floor is capable of carrying 200kg

Estate was designed concurrently with sedan 9-5

Replaceable upper rear bumper panel should be a boon at trade-in time

The automatic climate control system was tested in Australia

The speedometer scale is compressed above 140km/h so that lower speeds are easier to read accurately

Two 20-litre head-thorax side airbags protect the occupant's rib cage and head

The electronically-controlled four-speed automatic transmission features three driving modes: Normal, Sport, and Winter

Front seats are electrically heated

The ''smart'' automatic audio volume control compensates for background (or lack of) noise as well as the vehicle speed

All Estate models feature active front head restraints. In a crash, the headrest moves forward and upwards to help reduce whiplash injuries

The front suspension is by MacPherson struts, while the rear features a multi-link design

Four-wheel disc brakes are fitted with a Bosch anti-lock system

2.0-litre 9-5 Estate uses 15-inch steel wheels

Saab's night panel display closes down all dash lights and instrumentation except the speedometer to reduce distractions when driving at night

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The rear cargo tracks in the Saab Estate are strong enough that one hook alone could support the weight of the car

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