I think it is pretty important to compare equivalent spec'd cars, as eg the standard 9-5 has seats that are good, but not 9000 Aero good... but a 9-5 Aero does have seats more comparable to the 9000 Aero.
Model year for the 9-5 makes a difference (like with most saabs) as there were more issues with the earlier ones (up to about 2003, and more so non-aeros). The 9-5 is fussy about oil, a number of electronic assemblies can be touchy, the rear suspension can sag if you load it down regularly (and then the car eats tires). The build quality is good, but not 9000 good imho. Of more modern cars (ie cars in existence since 1998), the 9-5 is probably as comparable a car to a 9000 as you will find. You can get a stick. They are not as common as for the 9000 but they are not all that elusive. That said the automatic is not so bad on the 9-5 (less difference between stick and auto on a 9-5 than on a 9000). Though the 9000 was amazingly safe for it's time, the 9-5 significantly expanded upon that addressing the main weakness of the 9000 by modern standards: SUV side impact compatibility.
But... I say all this as an owner of 2 c900's and 2 9-5's... sure I prefer driving the 900's from a pure driving perspective, but for modern everyday life (family, work, long trips etc), the 9-5's are now better cars from a practical perspective.
I think for that big hatch sort of car outside the saab world, I would look to bmw 4 series gt (not the ugly tall one, the one that is sedan height). Audi, Kia, Buick, Porsche, Tesla and others make that form factor now, so really it has come around in popularity with lots to choose from...
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