Saab 9-3 Convertible Review

Saab 9-3 Convertible
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Saab 9-3 Review

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'Summer Breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the Jasmine in my mind' do these words sound familiar well they should do as this is the soundtrack to Saab's incredibly popular 9-3 Convertible TV advertisement which features the catchy Isley Brothers tune and a glamorous couple driving through snow capped mountains as spring reawakens.

'Summer Breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the Jasmine in my mind' do these words sound familiar well they should do as this is the soundtrack to Saab's incredibly popular 9-3 Convertible TV advertisement which features the catchy Isley Brothers tune and a glamorous couple driving through snow capped mountains as spring reawakens.

This superbly shot advertisement tapped into the British motorists love of open top motoring and who could resist the 9-3 Convertible's combination of glamour and safety. The Saab 9-3 Convertible remains the only soft-top car to receive the maximum five star EuroNCAP safety ranking which has contributed to making the 9-3 the UK’s best-selling premium cabriolet. [ click here ] for more information.

The Saab 9-3 Convertible is available in Linear and Vector trim levels with the high performance Aero model completing the line up. A choice of four petrol engines are available the 1.8t 150 bhp, 2.0t 175 bhp, 2.0T 210 bhp and 2.8 V6 250 bhp. Transmissions include a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual and 5-speed Sentronic automatic with prices ranging from £24,910 to £30,589 OTR.

With tough competition in the form of the Audi A4 Convertible, BMW 3 Series Convertible, Jaguar XK Convertible, Mercedes-Benz CLK and Volvo C70 we test whether the Saab 9-3 Convertible's driving dynamics are as impressive as its class-leading safety.

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Saab 9-3 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedSaab 9-3 2.0t Vector
  
Body TypeConvertible
ColourGlacier Blue Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph8.5 Seconds
Top Speed 137 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban23.7 mpg
Extra Urban39.8 mpg
Combined31.7 mpg
  
Insurance Group15
Euro NCAP Rating5
Warranty3-Year, 60,000 mile warranty
AA Saab Assistance coverage for three years
Price (when tested on the 11/10/05)£ 28,304 OTR
Car as tested, £32,699
Includes the following options:
Convenience Plus pack £1,300
Electronic Stability Programme £350
Saab Infotainment System Upgrade to ES4-13 £2,150
Bi-Xenon headlamps £595

The information contained within this Saab 9-3 review may have changed since publication on the 11 October 2005. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Saab dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. carpages.co.uk © 2017