CarKeys have been out there driving my favourite current Saab, the 9-3 SportCombi. It’s always interesting to read a British review of a Saab as they seem to appreciate them a lot more, and a lot more consistently than US reviewers.
Our host is David Morgan, and he’s been driving around in a 1.9 TiD Vector Sport model. And loving it….
Not for a long time has the Trollhattan factory produced such a brilliantly sensible package with style, space, comfort and character on one sporting platform.
From the outset there’s something tactile and immediate about the driver feedback from this Swedish reworking of Vauxhall’s Vectra floorpan that makes it come alive on a demanding road.
Like its Sport Saloon sister the car is good, but tacking on a handsome cargo space awakened wonderful memories of Saab 900 Combis estate models. The 9-3 Sport Wagon is a worthy successor.
There’s a long list of likes, but what it all boils down to is a very comfortable, utilitarian and sporting drive.
Mr Morgan was driving the 150hp version. There’s a 120hp version as well, but I think he got the best diesel package Saab offer in the 9-3. The Vector has the sports trimmings and is one neat package.
– a lack of ‘feel’
– too firm a ride on poor surfaces
– he didn’t like the paddles on the shift
– Everything else, especially that lively 1.9 turbodiesel.
Having driven a few of these myself back in January I can totally concur. These diesels are a real surprise and thoroughly worth a look for those that have access to them.