Gripen got his OCD going and looked into some historical numbers on Saab cargo capacity. The C900 and 9000 saw some steady capacity, which dropped when the NG900 came along. Capacity in the modern SportCombis is pretty darn good, as you can see, but there’s just something about that hatch body style that whispers ‘utility’ and screams ‘SEXY’.
Or maybe that’s just me.
Here’s how the numbers stack up (measured in cubic feet):
And here’s another picture of a loaded NG9-3. As a point of note, if those rear seats were flat then the driver would have absolutely zero legroom. The 900/9-3 did have that hatch shape and utility, but at a severe cost to the driver when in use.