Since its UK launch in 2002 the 9-3 Saab Sport Saloon has proved to be a phenomenal success.
Since its UK launch in 2002 the 9-3 Saab Sport Saloon has proved to be a phenomenal success. In 2004 Saab maintained its status as the fastest growing premium car brand in the UK market by achieving an all-time sales record in the UK of 20,294 cars; the highest in the Swedish premium marques history since British sales began in October 1960.
The 9-3 Sport Saloon is available in 1.8i, Linear, Linear Sport, Vector and Vector Sport trim levels with the high performance Aero model completing the line up.
The 9-3 is available with an impressive choice of six different engines which includes four petrol engines ranging from the entry level 1.8i 122 bhp to the 2.0T 210 bhp and two diesel variants both 1.9 TiD offering 120 and 150 bhp. Transmissions include a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual and 5-speed Sentronic automatic.
Saab is the only manufacturer in the UK to offer a full range of 5-Star EuroNCAP models and with tough competition in the form of the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series , Jaguar X-TYPE, Lexus IS200 and Volvo S60 we test whether the Saab 9-3's driving dynamics are as impressive as its class-leading safety.
Saab 9-3 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Saab 9-3 2.0T Aero|
|Body Type||4-Door Saloon|
|Colour||Parchment Silver Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||7.5 Seconds|
|Top Speed||146 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||41.5 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5|
|Warranty||3-Year, 60,000 mile warranty|
AA Saab Assistance coverage for three years
|Price (when tested on the 01/03/05)|