For those unfamiliar with Saab traits and the Saab 9-3 in particular, the key is inserted into a slot on the tunnel console, in between what appear to be grab-handles.
For those unfamiliar with Saab traits and the Saab 9-3 in particular, the key is inserted into a slot on the tunnel console, in between what appear to be grab-handles. However, the one nearest the driver is in fact the parking-brake in disguise.
Moving to the rear of the cabin; the centre cushion of the three supportive seats doubles as a ski-hatch, but while the squab remains static, the seat backs have an asymmetric split and fold function. There is plenty of room for adults and also plenty of room for luggage. With the seats in place the boot capacity is 419-litres and with the seats down, this increases to a maximum of 1,287-litres.
The Saab 9-3X boot has been designed to be used and not simply and area in which to put bags and bits that most of us tend to collect in our cars. For a start, the tailgate damper struts are hidden in the roof so that they don't get in the way of large items. Next, the tailgate opens at bumper level so there is no lip but there is a black plastic plate that moves to protect the bumper, when sliding heavy objects in and out. Furthermore, the carpeted floor has a split level or TwinFloor as Saab call it, with a hinged top section. The boot also boasts a 12v socket and more storage either side of the main area.
As mentioned, there are two power units for the Saab 9-3X; both come with a 6-speed, manual gearbox with a 6-speed sequential, automatic as an option. Just £1,000 separates the price of the manual transmission cars with the diesel at £24,995 and the petrol engined version bearing a price tag of £25,995 and you can add around £1,400 for the automatic gearbox.
The 1.9TTiD is a twin turbo unit. A smaller turbocharger works through to 1,800rpm when it is joined by the larger booster. They then work in tandem up to 3,000rpm, from which point the meatier, turbo works alone. The result is a greater amount of torque (400Nm) available over a wider rev-range (1850-2750rpm). It also produces 180PS (132kW) at 4,000rpm and emits 144g/km CO2.
It takes just 8.3 seconds to complete the 0-62mpg sprint and from there it doesn't take long to reach the top speed of 137mph, where legal. As a diesel, good fuel economy is assured and the Saab 9-3X doesn’t disappoint with returns of: 40.4mpg for the urban cycle, 61.4mpg for the extra-urban and the combined is 51.4mpg.
Saab 9-3X Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Saab 9-3X 2.0T XWD|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||8.2 seconds|
|Top Speed||143 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||45.6 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 15/12/09)||£25,995|