It’d be interesting to know how many purchase decisions for Saabs are made by women. Many of you gents reading this, if you’re like me, know that the final decision for many major purchases lies with “she that must be obeyed”.
This review, from Victoria News, is written by Jeannie Owens-Wallace. The vast majority of car reviews that we come across are written by guys and are occasionally tainted with a testosterone-driven haze that finds a Saab’s practicality to be a shortcoming. So how does a woman go about writing up the 9-3 Convertible?
Well, she starts with safety…
Although with the top down I may not be completely safe from the elements around me, I can be assured of safety from the sensible Swedes at Saab. Without the pillars to help form a “safety cage” around me, Saab has strengthened the windshield frame, placed metal bars that deploy from behind the rear seats the moment sensors detect an imminent rollover and reinforced the body of the 9-3 to withstand front or side impacts. To provide added support, my headrest is poised to spring forward to support my head in an accident; an active head restraint precaution listed as one of many safety attributes that has garnered the Saab 9-3 a place on the coveted Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (www.iihs.org) “Top Safety Pick” list of 2007. Side airbags (front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags), electronic stability control and antilock brakes add to the nod from IIHS.
Just making sure I’m secured with seat belts is the most important safety measure I can take in this Saab convertible where seat belt pre-tensioners are on all the seats and there are proper child seat anchors top and bottom on the back seats.
…..and after that she looks at the exterior aesthetics of the car, appreciates the automatic roof. She assesses the appointments and layout of the interior, the rear legroom, the way the dash looks.
And all this is before actually telling us – in just a single paragraph – how it drives.
Setting the gear shift into Sentronic mode I take control of the manual transmission, standard on all 9-3 Saabs although the Aero has the automatic function added on, and move effortlessly down Douglas Street bursting forward with turbo-powered glee at the freedom of the highway past Town & Country Shopping Centre. An evened-out 2.8 L V6 engine on the 2007 9-3 produces 250 horsepower and an impressive 258 lb-ft torque to provide more gradual power that flows forth in abundance when untapped. Torque-steer, a difficult to control surging forward of power that was present in turbo powered Saab’s from the past, is now replaced with controlled handling.
I don’t know if this review is a reflection on how a woman typically views an automobile and I don’t want to make any sweeping generalisations. It’s an interesting perspective, though. I know there are women out there who are total gearheads and will drive a car as hard as anyone.
But most aren’t. And Saab have to design a car, especially the convertible, for the ladies too. I haven’t noticed a particularly feminine perspective to much of Saab’s advertising.
I know there’s a few members of the fairer sex that visit here, and maybe they can give us their perspective on both the cars and the advertising of them.