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Saab 9-3 Sport Wagon (02 - 12) review

(2002 - 2012)
Saab 9-3 Sport Wagon (02 - 12)
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1 Jan 2006 00:00 | Last updated: 13 Jun 2018 18:55

What's the used Saab 9-3 estate like?

The Saab 9-3 Sport Wagon is Saab's take on the small executive lifestyle estate and is aimed directly at the BMW 3-Series Touring and Audi A4 Avant. The Swedes have even come up with their own name, Sport Wagon. It's intended to convey the 9-3 estate's essential message, and the car certainly has the looks to live up to the promise.

However, the drive is not nearly as appealing as the Sport Wagon's styling. It suffers from the same fidgety ride and below-par handling as the saloon, and, while its most powerful engine should be a joy to drive, the chassis can't handle the power. Hopefully, Saab will find a worthy home for the turbocharged 2.8 V6 petrol.

It works reasonably well as an estate, and the cargo bay of the 9-3 has a low load sill, wide load bed and decent space. The rear seats fold almost completely flat and are easy to operate, too, but there are plenty of more spacious estates for less money.