Used Saab 9-3 Sport Wagon 2002 - 2012 review

Category: Estate car

Section: Our recommendations

2002 - 2012 review
Saab 9-3 Sport Wagon (02 - 12)
  • Saab 9-3 Sport Wagon (02 - 12)
  • Saab 9-3 Sport Wagon (02 - 12)
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Which used Saab 9-3 estate should I buy?

Saab's 1.9-litre turbodiesel engine is a fine unit with 120bhp, but it's even better with 150bhp. It gives the Sport Wagon greater performance and lugging power when it's being used to its full as an estate, and both versions are smooth and quiet, and have loads of mid-rev pull.

The 2.8 V6 turbo is a superb engine with masses of power, but it's too much for the 9-3 to deal with, so petrol fans are better off looking to the 1.8-litre turbo that comes with 120, 150 and 175bhp. Each has decent performance, but the 1.9 diesel is still the better bet overall.

There are three main trims for the 9-3: Linear, Vector and Aero. Aero is reserved for the two most powerful petrol engines, while Linear and Vector can both be had with a Sport option. All but the most basic entry-level model are well equipped.

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