Used Saab 9-3 Convertible (2003 - 2011) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 02 Jun 2014
3.5
Saab has been building convertibles for many years but the concept has remained the same - a four-seat soft-top that can be used all the year round. The 9-3 Convertible is the company's most desirable model, helped by its neat styling and understated image.

Saab 9-3 Convertible (03-11)
Neatly styled, good range of engines, turbocharged performance, comfortable
Interior lacks quality feel, not as refined as other convertibles, button-heavy dash

New price range:

£25,380 - £36,230

Used price range:

£514 - £7,762

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3.5 out of 5

Saab has been building convertibles for many years but the concept has remained the same - a four-seat soft-top that can be used all the year round. The 9-3 Convertible is the company's most desirable model, helped by its neat styling and understated image. While folding hard-tops are becoming more widespread, the Saab's soft-top still impresses. It's fast acting, opening or closing in twenty seconds and at speeds of up to 20mph, plus it is highly insulated.

However, the interior is a bit of a let down - there are too many buttons and it lacks the quality feel you'd expect in a premium car. In terms of driving it's not up to the standards of the best convertibles either. In 2007 it was given a notable facelift which brought a much sharper front end along with a more modern overall appearance.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3.5 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

3 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

3 out of 5

Green credentials

2.5 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 The fact that you can fit four adults in it in comfort and that, as the roof folds into the boot, it has a large and useful boot when the roof is up.  

5 out of 5

Alistair Goodfellow ,   06 Jul 2015    ... read more

 Reasonable sized boot space although you have to arrange any luggage so that the roof can still fold down inside the boot. Having had 2 seaters for 8 years, 4 seats felt like a real luxury! Feels...  

5 out of 5

Jeanette Wilton ,   08 Nov 2014    ... read more

 More space in the cabin than the SLK but the boot is not as good. MPG around 35-50 dependent on usage. It is a large car so the parking sensors are a must.  

4 out of 5

Geoffrey Ellway ,   24 Sep 2014    ... read more

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