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 is a truly beautiful piece of design and unlike some performance saloons it is the epitome of understated classic elegance.

How It Looks - Exterior

The Saab 9-3 Aero is a truly beautiful piece of design and unlike some performance saloons it is the epitome of understated classic elegance.

The coupe-like silhouette incorporates a steeply raked windscreen and rear window and short front and rear overhangs, communicating a strong, sporty stance and a dynamic and well-balanced look.

The shape of the windows, wedge-like profile and integrated headlights & grille give the car its distinctive Saab identity.

The Aero model features lowered sports chassis, unique 17" Aero wheels, integrated foglights, dual sports exhaust, boot spoiler and side skirts.

How It Looks - Interior

The interior styling of the Saab 9-3 Aero is classic Scandinavian design at its best.

The cabin exudes a high level of build quality and our test car featured optional leather sports seats and standard leather gear lever gaiter, leather trimmed sports steering wheel with extra-thick leather-trimmed rim and metal-finish inserts. The switchgear is sturdy yet elegant and the Aero model features brushed metal-finish door handles, door inserts, gear lever surround, dials and instrument bezel for a crisp modern look.

Infotainment

Our test car featured the Saab Infotainment system upgrade (ES3-7), audio system, Satellite Navigation,telephone key pad and colour display screen, 7 speakers (£1750 option).

This system Includes DVD-based GPS navigation and a wide-screen colour display for maps and menu control functions. It can be extended with Advanced Voice Recognition (AVR), integrated telephone and in-dash CD changer.

The ES3-7 Sound System has a total amplifier output of 150 W amplifier and seven loudspeakers, including a special front centre speaker that improves the sound distribution. This system was superb and the sound quality is excellent.

Rivals
  • Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, Jaguar X Type, Lexus IS200, Mercedes C-Class and Volvo S60
What We Liked
  • Exterior and Interior styling
  • Image
  • Seats
  • Safety
  • Performance
What We Disliked
  • Nothing to dislike
What We'd Like To See
  • A sub 6 second 0-60 mph model to compete with the Audi RS4, BMW M3 & Volvo S60R
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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