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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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134 reader reviews for Saab 9-3 Saloon.
  • 1.8t Vector 4dr

    Stewart Dunabin , Cheshire . Date: 09/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Only two issues so far - the gear change could be smoother and less noisy, and the clutch is rather heavy.

    In all other respects, this is a very good car.

    It is spacious and has very comfortable seats. Engine noise is low but there is some tyre noise. The car is well equipped and most of the materials used are high quality. Handling and performance are good.

    The car is leased - the supplying dealer (Bay Horse Saab of Blackburn), delivered the car to my house on time and their representative gave a comprehensive explanation of the car's features.

    Having driven the car for over 800 miles, I would certainly recommend it. My previous car was an Audi A4 1.8T and the Saab is a good alternative choice.

  • 1.9TiD 150 Vector 4dr

    Joe Gosney Date: 08/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've just changed my lease car from an Audi A4 TDI to the new Saab 9-3 TID (150 BHP).

    I opted for the Saab because of its class-leading comfort and safety features - these were very important factors to me, given I spend the majority of my time on the M6. I also wanted something a little different to the bland German automobiles that swamp most company car parks. When will salesmen learn that a BMW 3-series is a "nearly made-it" car?!

    So far I've been very impressed by the ride quality, handling and motorway manners of the car. It is exceptionally comfortable and the cabin is very well laid out, once you get used to the Saab-ness of the interior. The Car Computer has already saved many an argument with my wife as I can now give her an accurate time I will arrive home once I'm on the road!

    My only gripe is that fuel economy has yet to reach published figures for motorway driving. I'm averaging around 48mpg against 57mpg in the handbook. This is one area where the Saab is outgunned by the Audi, although it is still early days.

    I would reccomend this car to anyone who wants something more individual in this class. It is great to drive, has plenty of space and comes well equipped.

    There is something gloriously understated about the quality and class of the Saab. This is certainly a car for the confident, self-assured executive who doesn't need to brag about a badge in order to feel good about the journey to work.

Saab 9-3 Saloon

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