I must be quick as I’m on a training course for the next 3 days (if anyone suggests a course in business process mapping, take plenty of caffiene).
What an underwhelming review! The 9-3 SportCombi is being officially, sort of, released here in Oz this week. Dealers are in conference and we can expect a few more writeups coming soon. Carpoint is the motoring arm of the Packer press here in Australia and one of their people has just written up an article on the 9-3 SportCombi. The verdict? Well, it’s an endorsement of the car by virtue of it’s competition’s price.
Ultimately, though, there are only two reasons you’d buy the 9-3 SportCombi. One; because the price is right -– not all that hard when most of its German competition add thousands for the badge alone. And two; because it’s different to the rest of Europe’s wagon train. For some, that will be enough…
Prior to that, they manage to praise the good interior, logical instrument layout, comfortable seats, low wind noise, safety features, abundant torque and excellent overall ride quality. They pick some holes in the timing of gear changes, cheap-feeling switches in places.
The bottom line, as with many reviews and reviewers seems to be "It’s not German but it’s OK, I guess".
It’s a bloody frustrating time we live in, ain’t it? I guess it’s just another reason to push those engineers and designers in Sweden (and Germany, let’s be honest) towards a new standard of excellence. Not only do we then get to drive excellent cars, but we can shut these $!%#$#^ journalists up once and for all!
Feel compelled to read the review at the link above and then feel free to express yourself at the bottom of the review where it asks for comments…..