Telegraph test of the Saab 9-3

I’m not sure what I trust less, a surname that starts with a non-capital letter, a double ‘f’ at the start of ‘ffrench’ or a review that uses the word ‘somnambulant’.

I’ll go with the latter as I don’t know what it means (yet) and I shouldn’t judge a guy by the spelling of his name.

Saab 9-3 2008 And I shouldn’t be making too many smart remarks anyway, as this is a good, informative read – not only about the new 9-3 but also about Saab and the current UK BioPower situation. It’s all there.

But of course the main part is the car. Have a look at that back end. It really is looking pretty smart, isn’t it? The misgivings I had when I first saw those black-edged rear lights are gone completely when I see a photo like that. Brilliant.

There’s some good info on the car in there. Stuff you know but don’t necessarily think about in such simplified terms. For example, when you consider the three different vehicles that the wear the 9-3 badge, the four trim levels available in the UK and the 11 different engines available, there’s a somewhat huge 49 different Saab 9-3 combinations available in total.

Another interesting insight is the quick cameo by Carl-Peter Forster, who talks a little about the recent period of partial GM ownership – a time where it’s considered that Saab failed to build on the momentum it generated in the 1980’s.

More importantly, he talks a little more about what the future will hold in terms of investment and model development:

“My suggestion now is that you should spend all your resources on what makes a Saab different and distinct,” added Forster. “You should not spend any money on that which doesn’t make any distinction or matter that much to customers. That continued for one or two years after we took ownership, but it has stopped now.”

Finally, our ffrenchman talks a little about BioPower and he’s not the first I’ve read/heard to really question why the UK policy on alternative fuels is so far behind that of Sweden.

It’s a very interesting read and highly recommended, and it won’t make you feel somnambulant at all.

Click here to read the Saab 9-3 road test from the UK Telegraph.

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  1. I never liked all-black interiors (e.g. BMW), but the 9-3 looks surprisingly good in black, great in fact, as a matter of fact I want one.
    However, let’s see, 4 trim levels and 11 engine combinations in the UK. In the USA, Saab’s largest market, we get what, 2 of each? Go figure.

  2. Or jet black, Zippy! Actually, for the first time ever I fancy an all-black car.

    Back in black, I hit the sack,
    I’ve been too long, I’m glad to be back!


  3. I’m not going to badmouth AC/DC on a blog run by an Aussie…

    I would have gone with Dressed in Black by Depeche Mode because I’m so gothy :p

    I love triple black cars, I also love triple white, but I think that only works on older cars and the white has to shine like crazy for it to work.

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