The carousel of 2008 9-3 reviews continues, and this time it’s UK’s CAR Magazine.
They tout the new look as having “presence”….
They mention the NVH tweaks underneath, which is significant in itself as it’s a major complaint of 03-07 owners. That they noticed during their test must be a good thing, yes?….
They rate the development of XWD as “big technical news”….
The power delivery on the new TTiD “stands out”….
They even say it’s a pity the UK government hasn’t taken action on E85 so as to take advantage of the 200hp 2.0 BioPower engine….
Pricing is competitive with the stated rivals….
The gearchange is improved and the seats are fabulous….
Of their drive in the XWD: “Bring it on”….
And then there’s:
….it isn’t a patch on the BMW for driver appeal.
…but the 9-3 is still no driver-centric sports saloon. You rather get the impression Saab ran out of funds to really turn the 9-3 into something special…
Well, let the BMW drivers have their BMWs and I’ll be happy in my Saab. Thanks.
Personally speaking, after doing three circuits in the XWD car and an afternoon in the new TTiD SportCombi I’m of the opinion that it’s a great driver’s car. Especially the incredibly surefooted XWD if you like the twisties. The TTiD was brilliant at speed on the highway and no small of fun in the bends, either.
What is it with journos and BMWs??
And finally, with greatly reduced interior noise, XWD and TTiD, as well as the improved and more aggressive look, I’d hazard the opinion that for a mid-cycle job Saab have actually done quite a lot.
It’s actually quite a positive writeup, but with all that positivity, why then finish on a note like that where you state that you think they haven’t done much. At the very least they’ve just unveilied a world premiere all-wheel-drive system!!!!
How much do you want from a MCE?
Thanks JWL for the tip.