Saab 9-3 SportWagon

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Minor tweaks both simplify as well as improve the 9-3. Likeable, nevertheless lagging behind Yes, yes, I know: a first drive of a car of which has been around for longer than some of the showrooms via which of which will be sold. nevertheless despite being in its ninth year, the 9-3 has been given some minor, nevertheless worthwhile, tweaks.via a shopper or fleet manager’s perspective, significant among the alterations will be of which the range has been simplified. There’s no more Turbo Edition/Vector Sport/Linear SE as well as the like; currently there’s just SE as well as Aero, which will be far more straightforward.On SE versions, such as our test car, come a completely new design of alloy wheel as well as completely new ‘ice block’ headlight treatment, grille as well as bumpers. Plus of which currently says ‘Saab’ instead of having the Griffin badge at the back. Not a lot, then.Inside, there are some alterations to seats as well as trim, plus some additional equipment for the £24,0 you’ll pay due to of which style. Which, given of which of which delivers 158bhp as well as still, to my eyes, looks fairly classy, leaves the Saab appearing conspicuously Great value next to, say, a similarly powered Audi A4 or BMW 3 Series.The question will be, of course, whether the 9-3 can still cut any mustard on the road. as well as let’s be honest, regardless of how many tweaks of which gets on the way, nine years will be a long time for a car to be on sale in of which business. inside compact executive segment, in fact, of which’s virtually unheard of.nevertheless, as I settle down into of which – on a driving seat of which proved too high as well as too close to the dashboard for several of our testers – I think of which’s not all bad. The quality of construction as well as materials will be okay, although the green-on-green displays are looking a bit tired as well as pixelated. Things have moved on here in quite a big way.The engine – a twin-turbocharged, 1910cc diesel – spins into life that has a bit of a clatter. of which’s not Vauxhall Insignia loud, nevertheless most diesels 
via a couple of classes below comfortably leave of which behind.Still, the gearshift will be positive enough as well as all the pedal weights are progressive as well as natural. The steering will be light, too, as well as the 9-3 will be an easy car to get along with in of which respect – quite Swedish. While some German car makers like you to feel the engineering as well as weight behind the controls as well as load them with heft, the 9-3 strokes along very easily.Less relaxing will be some turbo lag as well as high gearing. At least of which means of which 9-3 returns a quite creditable 119g/km of CO2, which makes of which a compelling draw alongside some of competitors inside 130-140g/km bracket. nevertheless at anything under 2000rpm the 9-3’s motor will be unresponsive, as well as because of which’s geared generously for Great cruising economy as well as low noise levels, you’ll often find yourself dipping a gear lower than you’d like. Even on a motorway I found myself dropping down to fifth if the traffic slowed at all. Typical third-gear roundabout exits call for second.Despite of which, the 9-3 isn’t unpleasant to drive. The alloys are stylish as well as leave their tyres wearing a 45 profile, which will be almost generous these days, so the town ride will be compliant.Motorway ride as well as stability are also Great as well as wind noise will be low, while the steering remains light nevertheless reassuring around the straight-ahead.of which compliance means the 9-3, despite the SportWagon title, isn’t going to drive around the outside of too many additional estate cars. of which’s not a particularly engaging steer, so there’s not much to be gained by driving enthusiastically. nevertheless you know what? I think of which’s okay.I warmed to the 9-3 far more than I anticipated to. of which feels compact as well as straightforward, slightly out of its time nevertheless pleasant to be around as well as not unlike a Seat Exeo in some respects: smaller than the newest cars, nevertheless no worse for of which.Saab 9-3 SportWagon SE 1.9Price £24,0; Engine 4 cyls, 1910cc, twin-turbo diesel; Power 158bhp at 4000rpm; Torque 266lb ft at 1800-2500rpm; 0-62mph 8.7sec; Top speed 140mph; Gearbox 6-spd manual; Kerb weight 1740kg; Economy 62.8mpg; CO2 119g/km
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