Saab 9-3 Aero 2.0T Road Test

Saab 9-3 Aero
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Saab 9-3 Review

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Saab has a reputation for building quirky cars for independent, free thinking individuals.

Build Quality

The Saab 9-3 Sport Saloon feels solid, safe and reliable. Build quality is excellent and the materials used are of a high standard and should prove durable in the long term.

Value For Money

The Saab 9-3 Aero is competitively priced at £24,495 OTR within the premium saloon car segment. It features an impressive list of standard equipment and an options list that won't break the bank. Residual values should prove stronger than the outgoing 9-3 hatchback model.

Conclusion

The Saab 9-3 Aero is a grown up performance sports saloon that features touches of innovative engineering combined with class leading safety. Both the performance and fuel economy are excellent and the handling is superb.

Saab have replaced the hatchback with a boot enabling it to compete within the sports saloon market. Saab has announced that it intends to venture into the premium, mid-size estate car segment for the first time with the 9-3 SportWagon with UK deliveries starting in early September 2005 [ click here ] for more information.

Saab has a reputation for building quirky cars for independent, free thinking individuals. The 9-3 is not as clinical as an Audi, BMW or Mercedes-Benz which are superb examples of Germanic engineering but which ultimately lack soul.

Saab shouldn't try too hard to compete with its German rivals because their ethos is different. In our opinion understated elegance is the essence of the 9-3 and is what makes it unique and desirable.

The 9-3 Aero has been designed for not just for its sheer driving excitement but as a car that you can live with in the long term.

1 March 2005 Melanie Carter
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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