Saab 9-3 Aero 2.0T Review

Saab 9-3 Aero
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Saab 9-3 Review

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The Saab 9-3 Aero sits on a lowered sports chassis (10 mm lower than the standard version) which enhances stability, improves grip in bends and encourages a more enthusiastic driving style.

How It Drove - Ride and Handling

The Saab 9-3 Aero sits on a lowered sports chassis (10 mm lower than the standard version) which enhances stability, improves grip in bends and encourages a more enthusiastic driving style.

Firmer springs and shock absorbers equal better acceleration, cornering and braking. Large ventilated performance disc brakes all round ensure that the 9-3 Aero brakes reassuringly well.

A rear boot spoiler and side skirts are standard on the Aero model which apart from being aesthetically pleasing also reduce lift forces providing increased downforces for added stability.

The electro/hydraulic power steering is well-weighted and in our opinion is more responsive than the Volvo S60 T5 which we tested last year.

The 9-3's agile front wheel drive chassis has been tuned to offer a balance between handling stability and ride comfort. However, by coupling 210 bhp to a front wheel drive car you do suffer slightly from torque steer and the 17" unique Aero alloy wheels complete with low profile 225/45 R17 high speed tyres do tramline grabbing onto poor road surfaces although it did not prove too much of a problem and you soon get used to it.

Saab's unique ReAxs chassis system enables the rear wheels to steer slightly when turning to help move the car in the intended direction making the 9-3 extremely responsive to every twist and turn limiting understeer.

The multi-link rear axle which employs extensive use of aluminium cuts the unsprung weight promoting faster chassis response and improves handling and comfort.

When unleashed on the open road the Saab 9-3 Aero proved beyond doubt that it is a true sports saloon, able to deliver exceptional performance. It also has the personality to match offering an exhilarating yet reassuring drive.

ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) is standard on the Aero model and reduces the risk of skidding and the driven wheels from spinning on a slippery surface assisting you in maintaining control of your car boosting driver excitement and safety.

The Aero model is also equipped with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brake-Force Distribution), EBA (Emergency Brake Assist) and CBC (Cornering Brake Control) which are designed to assist the driver in maintaining control during acceleration, cornering and avoidance manoeuvres.

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Saab 9-3 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedSaab 9-3 2.0T Aero
  
Body Type4-Door Saloon
ColourParchment Silver Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph7.5 Seconds
Top Speed 146 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban23.7 mpg
Extra Urban41.5 mpg
Combined32.8 mpg
  
Insurance Group16
Euro NCAP Rating5
Warranty3-Year, 60,000 mile warranty
AA Saab Assistance coverage for three years
Price (when tested on the 01/03/05) £24,495 OTR
Car as tested, £29,575
Includes the following options:
Parchment Silver metallic paint £450
Leather sport seats, Slate Grey £ 750
Convenience Plus Pack £1200
Business Pack £1650
Manual 6-speed transmission £200
Saab park assist £300
Electric tilt/slide sunroof £830

The information contained within this Saab 9-3 review may have changed since publication on the 1 March 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