Used Saab 9-3 Saloon 2002 - 2012 review

Category: Executive car

Section: What is it like?

2002 - 2012 review
Saab 9-3 Saloon (02 - 12)
  • Saab 9-3 Saloon (02 - 12)
  • Saab 9-3 Saloon (02 - 12)
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What's the used Saab 9-3 saloon like?

Where it's good, it's very good. The Saab 9-3 has extremely comfortable seats, a sound driving position with a wide range of adjustment, a no-nonsense layout for the controls and the clearest instruments you're likely to find.

In the front, there's good headroom and adequate legroom. There's decent space in the back, too, although shoulders will rub with three rear passengers. The boot is large, and you can fold down the split back seat for extra space.

There are some good engines in a largely turbocharged line-up. Most are quiet on a cruise, and the 9-3 does a reasonable job of shutting out unwanted noise from outside.

The trouble is, there's bad news as well. The 9-3 is based on the Vectra platform, but you'd never tell from its soggy handling and the way it thumps over bumps. The steering, too, is about as communicative as a corpse. If you're after finesse, fun or flair, this is not your car.