2007 Saab 9-3 Aero SportCombi – Test drive and new car review – 2007 Saab 9-3 Sport Combi wagon

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A good deal if you equip it

Saab owners — referred to as Saabophiles — are a bunch, and it doesn’t take seat time in a Saab 9-3 to out why. Though the 2007 9-3 is a conventional car than Saabs driving one is still a unique that starts the moment you the key (which goes in the center not the steering column). Pricing: base, $38,460 as tested, EPA economy 17-22 MPG city, highway.

First Glance: Motors’ most unique

Swedish automaker Saab has a division of General Motors for years. The 9-3 rides on GM’s platform, meaning it’s a to other front-wheel-drive GM cars the Saturn Aura. Pontiac G6. and Opel Vectra. But while cars all bear close you’d be hard pressed to that the 9-3 is related to any of them.

The 9-3 much more resemblance to the Saab 9-5 than it does to any GM car. The only indication of the American lineage is that the is smoother and quieter than the But make no mistake: From its engine to its center-console-mounted ignition the 9-3 is a Saab through-and-through.

One of my favorite things about the 9-3 is it#8217;s available as a wagon in Saab-speak). Mid-size wagons are few and far most come from where $6/gallon gas makes undesireable. So what sets the 9-3 apart?

For one thing, it’s a lot affordable than cars the Audi A4 Avant and BMW 328i. And a Saab, which means it to the beat of a different drummer.

a wagon look attractive easy, but Saab has succeeded. body cladding gives the 9-3 an look, though numerous on my tester’s front spoiler goes to photo) indicated steep driveways are a problem. And I don’t normally like touches like the big silver across the 9-3’s tailgate, in case it worked really — the 9-3 SportCombi looks from any angle.

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In the Driver’s Base model is the best

Updated dashboard includes steering wheel on Aero

Photo #169; Saab USA

brings a number of improvements to the 9-3‘s interior. New, three-dial climate controls last year’s keyboard-like of buttons, and cars without the navigation system get GM’s CD stereo. The Aero model’s wheel gets nifty-looking trim and the trip computer’s moves from the top of the dashboard to the cluster. The Night Panel which dims all the gauges the speedometer for distraction-free night remains. (Pictures: Night off. night panel on .)

My car, an Aero model, the fact that while the Saab 9-3 SportCombi is a good at $28,240, a well-equipped 9-3 Aero Most of the good stuff leather seats, dual-zone control, a full complement of gear including electronic control, and free maintenance for 3 or 36,000 miles — standard with the 9-3 base

The Aero’s $6,200 price buys you a bigger engine, suspension, sunroof, nicer power seats, metal trim instead of wood, and (but not travel) to Saab’s Academy driving school. like automatic transmission metallic paint ($550), and a Package full of interior ($1,195) brought my test price up to nearly $38,500 yet it was missing station wagon like roof rails and a cover.

Tick all the option and your 9-3 will cost $41k. For that price you have the bigger Saab 9-5 with enough cargo to relocate Sweden.

On the Road: but I’d rather have the

The 9-3 Aero model comes with a 250 horsepower 2.8 liter V6 choice of manual or automatic my test car had the latter. Despite a turbocharger, the 2.8 doesn’t develop the acceleration of the larger-displacement engines in like the Nissan Altima 3.5 SE. I floored the pedal, there was a delay while the transmission and the turbo built up boost

A manual transmission might helped matters, but there’s the matter of the droning engine that pervades at highway

Were I buying a 9-3, much prefer the four-cylinder — a 2.0 liter turbo puts out just 40 fewer than the V6 — with the manual. I drove this in another Saab 9-3, and while no speed demon, it’s more willing to put the power to the than the V6/automatic, plus much more economical. EPA estimates for the V6/auto wagon are 17 highway; I averaged an unimpressive 21 MPG in driving.

EPA estimates for the 4-cyl are a much more palatable 22 highway.

Also standard on the model is a sport-tuned suspension. Its was comfortable, though a bit floaty some of the bigger bumps. The model handles just as — I drove both on a the roads and both handled streets, freeways and two-laners and competently.

Unfortunately, another driver in a PT put an end to my test drive before I got a to … my favorite curvy road.

Journey’s End: My ends with a first-hand in Saab safety

Normally not a fan of details like the silver but it works well on the 9-3

Photo Aaron Gold

I got a first-hand in Saab safety when a tried to pass on the right as I was making a turn. The impact severe enough to set off the 9-3’s airbags, but it was a significant hit with the of the force directed at the passenger’s The Saab’s body structure the impact, so while there was damage to the 9-3’s door and there was no damage to the interior panel, or, more importantly, my Robin’s leg.

The other car literally bounced off of the Saab. Would a lesser car held up as well? I couldn’t say and I want to find out. just very glad we driving a Saab that

So would I buy a 9-3 SportCombi? Yes, not the Aero model I tested. buy the 2.0T. With lots of equipment and a base price $30k, it’s a great on a unique car.

Aside the sport-tuned suspension, which I need, and the V6 engine, which I want, most of the Aero’s goodies are optional on the 2.0T. If I afford the $40k for a well-equipped I could afford an Audi or a BMW though truth be told probably still buy the base-model and use the change to pay for gas. — Gold

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