Saab 9-3 SportCombi – last test for 07?

The lads and ladies at have been spending a lot of time i Saabs lately. There must have been 6 different road tests in the last few weeks. I haven’t covered many of them at all as the tests have all been outgoing 07 models and 08 is literally about to fall on our heads.

Given that there’s some people still sitting on the 07/08 fence – and that there’s still some very good deals to be had on 07s in the US – I thought this quick drive of the Saab 9-3 SportCombi a-la 2007 might be worth looking at.

It’s by’s Editor Keith Morgan, and once again the 2.0T proves its mettle. Every tester I’ve read loves this engine:

This was a revelation. I found the four-banger to be far more responsive than I expected, no doubt aided and seriously abetted by the turbocharger. Nevertheless, the real test was its toting power under pressure of the steepest inclines. It came through even with four aboard and stack of luggage. It didn’t anchor itself in sixth as the V6 powered ragtop did on the climbs, but I never dropped below fourth…….Worthy of more than a passing glance for families looking to dump the minivan.

My tip: get the 2.0T and then tart it up with some of those Hirsch trim bits from Elkparts. When your warranty is no longer of concern to you, hook it up with a BSR plug-in tune and whatever other bits you desire and you’ll be smiling one of those Clarkson-stumping smiles for a long, long time.

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  1. Let me just say, the 9-3 SportCombi is the perfect Saab. It is everything a Saab needs to be, this is especially true from a design and styling standpoint, everything a Saab has been, this is true from a safety and performance aspect, and everything a Saab should be in the future.
    If I had the money to plunker down on a SportCombi, believe me, I wouldn’t think twice about it.

  2. This is the kinda stuff i wanna hear about. As i said before, i’m getting a linear and Hirsch-fying it. Seems a lot more cost effective than getting SAAB to do it.

    Would i be sinning if i put a “Viggen” badge on it?

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