Used Saab 9-3 Saloon 2002 - 2012 review

Category: Executive car

Section: Our recommendations

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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Our recommendations

Which used Saab 9-3 saloon should I buy?

There are just two non-turbocharged engines - a flexible 122bhp 1.8 petrol and, on a few early cars, a decent 150bhp 2.3 petrol. At the other end of the scale sit the turbocharged 247bhp 2.8T and 210bhp 2.0T. Both are fast, but can overwhelm the chassis and steering.

The punchy 2.0t puts out 175bhp, but our favourite petrol is the 150bhp 1.8t, which actually has a 2.0-litre engine.

Overall, though, none of the petrols are a match for the strong 1.9 TiD turbodiesel, which comes with 120bhp or 150bhp. We'd go for the 150bhp, given the money, but either is better than the earlier 115bhp 2.2 TiD.

You'll get plenty of kit whichever you buy. Expect four electric windows, remote central locking, alloy wheels, air-con and plenty of safety devices. More powerful versions have leather seats and climate control, while range-topping Aero trim means firmer suspension, extra body kit and sports seats.

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