Saab 9-3 SportWagon Review

Saab 9-3 SportWagon Review
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Saab 9-3 Review

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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 Review | Part Two
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Saab 9-3 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedSaab 9-3 SportWagon 1.9 TiD (150 PS) Vector Sport
  
Body TypeEstate
ColourFusion Blue Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph9.7 Seconds
Top Speed 124 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban36.2 mpg
Extra Urban58.9 mpg
Combined47.9 mpg
  
Insurance Group12
Euro NCAP Rating5
Warranty3-Year/60,000 Mile Warranty
Price (when tested on the 01/07/07)£24,710 OTR (£28,875 OTR With Optional Extras)

The information contained within this Saab 9-3 review may have changed since publication on the 1 July 2007. 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 © 2018