EVO Magazine are running short of genuine things to write, so they’re making up lists.
They have their top 10 icons of the last 100 issues of the magazine and recently, they’ve also published their 10 worst vehicles tested.
At No. 6 – The Saab 9-3 Viggen.
‘Saab’s engineers reckoned a little torque-steer was no bad thing, that it allowed the driver to “feel the challenge of the power”. In the wet it would spin alternate front wheels so violently out of junctions and on uneven surfaces that it was possible to travel from one side of the road to the other without turning the wheel. The convertible married rampant torque- steer to a wobbly body and was probably the worst thing I’ve ever driven’
Notably, Mr Tomalin isn’t asked to do any more of these reviews.
The 9-3 Viggen represents, without doubt, the best money I’ve ever spent on an automobile. If all you’re judging it on is it’s performance when you floor it on wet B roads then you deserve neither the chance to drive or it or the fortunate employment you currently enjoy.
I guess wet weather performance is important to an Englishman, but this is just BS manufactured to fill column inches. They were also going to include the Mazda MX-5, which gives you an idea of their competence. And if they’re reviewing the Toyota Corolla and the Daihatsu Copen under the banner of “the thrill of driving” then they really are kidding themselves.
The thrill of driving, my arse. If you can’t take a Viggen for a week and get some thrills and appreciation for the versatility of the car then you really are an idiot in dire need of a village.
And yes, I’m biased.
Thanks to James for this little heartache