Just test drove both cars. Dealer in US is discounting 9-5s to same price as entry level 9-3 because he has them available. Anyone care to compare the 2 cars? Now driving a 528i BMW, and really like the 9-3. Had 2 older Saabs and the 9-3 seems up to date while maintaing what I loved about the Saabs. Although they compare it to a 328 I think it is comparable to the 5 series BMW. I will be waiting for the upgraded models on the 9-3. Have several months left on the BMW lease and am looking to reduce monthly payments of a new BMW.