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