Used Saab 9-3 Hatchback 1998 - 2002 review

Category: Executive car

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1998 - 2002 review
Used Saab 9-3 Hatchback 1998 - 2002
  • Used Saab 9-3 Hatchback 1998 - 2002
  • Used Saab 9-3 Hatchback 1998 - 2002
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Which used Saab 9-3 hatchback should I buy?

The best 9-3 to go for is the least powerful of the turbocharged versions. Its 150bhp 2.0 engine gives it enough performance to make overtaking easy, as well as cruising in a relaxed, quiet manner.

Of the two body styles, we prefer the five-door shape for its added practicality, although access to the rear in the three-door is still very good.

And, if you can, find a car with SE trim, which adds alloy wheels and climate control to the already generous standard trim that includes anti-lock brakes, twin front and side airbags, electric windows all-round and central locking.

Sport models come with leather seats and firmer suspension, while the outrageous Viggen has 17in alloy wheels, larger front and rear bumpers, side skirts and a rear spoiler to add to its macho looks.

Finally, depending on which model you're after, it can make sense to look for a car from late 2000. From this point, the diesel engine was boosted from 115bhp to 125bhp, while base models gained air-con and an alarm.

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