Saab was formed in 1937 to build aircraft and has been part of the GM family for 15 years.
Saab was formed in 1937 to build aircraft and has been part of the GM family for 15 years. They built their first car in 1949 and UK sales started in 1960. The first estate car from Saab, the 95, was produced at the end of 1959 offering versatile seating for two, five or seven people. Saab is now the premium brand in Europe for General Motors and has seen benefits from the recent closer ties with GM and their worldwide sales strategy.
The Saab 9-3 Saloon was introduced to the UK in 2002 - having tested both the saloon and the convertible, we thought it was about time we drove the SportWagon or if you prefer the 9-3 estate. The 9-3 SportWagon features unique bodywork from the B-pillar rearwards, including the doors, the rear seat and a cargo deck, while retaining the frontal and interior styling of the Saloon.
The 9-3 SportWagon was released in the UK in September 2005 with a premium of £1000 over the equivalent saloon model
The 9-3 SportWagon has been designed to compete with the Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series Touring, Jaguar X-TYPE Estate and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate.
We drove the Saab 9-3 SportWagon 1.9 TiD (150 PS) Vector Sport, currently priced at £24,710 OTR.
How It Drove - Performance
There are a wide range of engines and gearboxes available in the 9-3 SportWagon range, two diesel and five petrol engines - including a petrol 1.8 litre non-turbocharged engine to a 2.8 litre V6 Turbo sourced from GM’s Australian Holden factory.
Saab 9-3 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Saab 9-3 SportWagon 1.9 TiD (150 PS) Vector Sport|
|Colour||Fusion Blue Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||9.7 Seconds|
|Top Speed||124 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||58.9 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5|
|Warranty||3-Year/60,000 Mile Warranty|
|Price (when tested on the 01/07/07)||£24,710 OTR (£28,875 OTR With Optional Extras)|