Saab Information Display (SID) is a standard feature which is placed neatly in your field of vision.
Saab Information Display (SID) is a standard feature which is placed neatly in your field of vision. This system displays time, ambient temperature, fuel consumption and estimated distance on remaining fuel, radio information and important safety reminders such as bulb failure, low washer fluid or an unclosed door. In conjunction with the GPS satellite navigation option, the SID also gives you directions.
Because the roof folds into the boot the 9-3 Convertibles luggage capacity is reduced compared to the 9-3 Sport Saloon. The Sport Saloon has 425 litres whilst the Convertible has 235 litres (with the roof down) and 253 (with the roof up). The CargoSET (self expanding boot) is a useful function that automatically expands the luggage capacity as you raise the roof. With the roof up, the space for the folded soft-top can now be used for luggage.
Our test car was equipped with Convenience Plus Pack (£1300 option) which includes remote opening roof, park assistance, rain sensor wipers, dual electric seats with memory and an auto dimming mirror.
Our test car was also equipped with Saab Infotainment System upgrade to ES4-13 (£2150 option) which includes audio speakers, Satellite Navigation, phone keypad and integrated telephone in fascia with SIM card reader, colour display screen, 13 speakers and advanced voice recognition.
The DVD-based GPS navigation system featured a wide-screen colour display for maps and menu control functions. This system was very intuitive to use you just type in the address you wish to travel to and select your preferred route its as simple as that.
The lift up to open door handles and the location of the ignition key are indicative of Saabs individuality and part of its heritage. The ignition key is positioned down on the centre console behind the gear stick between the front seats which stops any irritating rattles against the steering column and also safety plays its part preventing the key from causing knee injuries during an accident.
The Saab 9-3 also benefits from Halo lighting which allows you to turn on the headlamps via the remote control when approaching or leaving the car. This system illuminates your path reassuringly and the lights then switch off via a timer.
The leather trimmed sports steering wheel with extra-thick leather-trimmed rim and metal-finish inserts incorporates the stereo controls and also features telephone access (where fitted).
Safety and Security
- EuroNCAP gives the Saab 9-3 Convertible the highest rating of five stars.
- Saab was the first manufacturer to introduce seatbelts as standard in 1958.
The best-selling Saab 9-3 Convertible has been declared the winner for the second year running in the Convertible / Roadster category of the 2005 British Insurance Car Security Awards. For more information [ click here ]
The following safety and security equipment is standard on the Saab 9-3 Convertible Vector:
Anti-theft alarm inc. Immobiliser, child seat anchoring points, Cornering Brake Control & ABS,
driver's airbag, DynaCage, EBD Electronic Brake-force Distribution, electronic steering column lock, front seat side airbags, Headlight elevation control on fascia, Mechanical Brake Assist, Passenger's airbag, front, remote central locking with dead lock, Saab Active Head Restraints (SAHR 2), front, seatbelt pre-tensioners (front seats), Traction control system (TCS) and three-point rear seatbelts, all seats.
Saab 9-3 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Saab 9-3 2.0t Vector|
|Colour||Glacier Blue Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||8.5 Seconds|
|Top Speed||137 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||39.8 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5|
|Warranty||3-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