Auto 123 is the latest automotive source to check in with their report on driving the Saab 9-3 in Washington DC last week.
This one’s another great review, over all, but I can’t hide my annoyance at some of the negative conclusions they drew. Here’s their summary:
As you can see, there’s a lot more good points than “bad” so this is by no means a negative review. But some of their less than green findings must be open to question.
For example, the fact that base versions are not as stylish or as nimble as the Aero versions. Well, the styling issue is a matter of interpretation. But even more relevant is the fact that they’re base versions, not Aeros. If they were as nimble, powerful and trimmed as the Aero versions then they wouldn’t be the base versions. That’s why you have base versions and performance versions, so that people can choose the option that best suits their needs and budget.
Then there’s the claim that the SportCombi styling is awkward. What planet are they living on? Show me a better looking wagon you Crazy Canucks! I’ll bet you a Grouse Mountain beaver tail that you can’t.
I’ve covered pricing here before. Spec another car up to the level of equipment that a Saab will typically offer you and then come talk to me about pricing.
I have gripes with obvious areas where I think a review is flawed. This shouldn’t stop you from reading through it, though. There’s plenty of good reading there as well:
Motoring across such a picturesque setting, the temptation was to really put your foot into it – and that’s precisely what we did. With little traffic to contend with and an open road in front of us, it was the perfect day for a quick country drive. Amid such circumstances, the new Saab 9-3 proved a willing companion….
….The automatic transmission, when placed in Sport mode and left in the fully automatic setting, actually worked extremely well, holding lower gears longer under acceleration and shifting with decent speed….
….While some reviewers have complained that the new 9-3 still suffers from torque steer, they are incorrect. Even with the traction control system switched off, the 2008 model restricts this undesirable characteristic better than any other Saab or any other front-wheel drive car of similar engine output; it’s an exceptional achievement….
….On the passive safety front, the Saab 9-3 continues an established tradition of superior standards….
You can read the full review at Auto123.
Thanks to Kroum for passing on the link.