Used Saab 9-3 Saloon (2002 - 2011) Comfort

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 02 Jun 2014
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The Saab 9-3 saloon is a car styled after an aeroplane. The Saab brand has always appealed to buyers looking for something a little different to the mainstream and the 9-3 is a prime example.

3 out of 5

Comfort

Saab 9-3 saloon comfort levels are pretty good if you're sitting up front, where passengers get a highly-supportive seat and loads of legroom which means excellent long-distance comfort. It's not as impressive in the back though - headroom is good but legroom is in short supply, however three can still fit in - even if it's a bit of a squeeze with a couple of six-footers in the front.

The ride comfort is good though and there's little road or wind noise when cruising.

3 out of 5

Practicality

Saab 9-3 saloon practicality is adequate. Like the Volkswagen Passat, the Saab 9-3 is available as a saloon or estate - but there's no hatchback. Despite that there is a decent amount of luggage space with 425-litres of space which although less than the Volkswagen, is more than the Volvo S60 and Alfa Romeo 159. The rear seats also have a 60/40 split for added practicality.

One annoying feature is the odd handbrake, the button of which can catch your thumb if you're not used to it.

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3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

Saab likes to make associations with it's aviation heritage and the dash layout of the 9-3 certainly has a hint of aircraft cockpit about it. It's enveloping, with lots of gadgets and important-looking switches but the layout is rather haphazard - a mid 2006 facelift simplified the cabin with a clearer look with fewer buttons. Build quality is good but the finish and materials used aren't particularly upmarket, however finding a comfortable driving position is easy thanks to outstandingly supportive seats with plenty of adjustment and a multi-position steering wheel.