The Saab 9-3 Aero sits on a lowered sports chassis (10 mm lower than the standard version) which enhances stability, improves grip in bends and encourages a more enthusiastic driving style.
Firmer springs and shock absorbers equal better acceleration, cornering and braking. Large ventilated performance disc brakes all round ensure that the 9-3 Aero brakes reassuringly well.
A rear boot spoiler and side skirts are standard on the Aero model which apart from being aesthetically pleasing also reduce lift forces providing increased downforces for added stability.
The electro/hydraulic power steering is well-weighted and in our opinion is more responsive than the Volvo S60 T5 which we tested last year.
The 9-3's agile front wheel drive chassis has been tuned to offer a balance between handling stability and ride comfort. However, by coupling 210 bhp to a front wheel drive car you do suffer slightly from torque steer and the 17" unique Aero alloy wheels complete with low profile 225/45 R17 high speed tyres do tramline grabbing onto poor road surfaces although it did not prove too much of a problem and you soon get used to it.
Saab's unique ReAxs chassis system enables the rear wheels to steer slightly when turning to help move the car in the intended direction making the 9-3 extremely responsive to every twist and turn limiting understeer.
The multi-link rear axle which employs extensive use of aluminium cuts the unsprung weight promoting faster chassis response and improves handling and comfort.
When unleashed on the open road the Saab 9-3 Aero proved beyond doubt that it is a true sports saloon, able to deliver exceptional performance. It also has the personality to match offering an exhilarating yet reassuring drive.
ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) is standard on the Aero model and reduces the risk of skidding and the driven wheels from spinning on a slippery surface assisting you in maintaining control of your car boosting driver excitement and safety.
The Aero model is also equipped with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brake-Force Distribution), EBA (Emergency Brake Assist) and CBC (Cornering Brake Control) which are designed to assist the driver in maintaining control during acceleration, cornering and avoidance manoeuvres.
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