Joe Meek as brought to my attention the fact that a new report from Folksam has been released, and the Saab 9-5 is no longer at the top of their safety list.
The list is now topped by the 2003-onwards Toyota Avensis.
This doesn’t mean the Saab is any less safe, just that it’s not rated #1 any more on Folksam’s findings for the past two years.
It’s now rated at #2.
Unlike other rating systems that work with crash tests and dummies, Folksam base their ratings on years worth of actual crash and injury data. In doing so, they rate not only new cars but other cars that people are likely to buy on the second hand market as well – and they use real-world data to do so.
The 1998-2002 Saab 9-3 hatch also slipped a place to be #3 on the list.
Slippage aside, these are mighty good ratings and speak to how well Saab designed both of these vehicles back in the 1990s.