Oz Saab convertible test – to be corrected…

Maybe this is the last 07 model road test we’ll see….

CarsGuide here in Australia have had a drive of the Saab 9-3 convertible. They drove the diesel model and I’m pretty pleased with the coverage they’ve given it.

I drove the diesel with Richo at the Australian launch back in January this year. I was impressed right from the get-go, especially with the torque. Plenty of others have been impressed as well, as the diesel’s reportedly been a good seller here.

The diesel offers surprisingly strong performance coupled with excellent fuel economy rated at just 5.8-litres/100km. It also generates a relatively low 166g/km of carbon dioxide and features a particle filter to knock out any exhaust nasties.

Though smooth and quiet on the road, the diesel is audible at idle and generates some vibration but nothing that really intrudes.

It will take the convertible at least 1000km on a tank, possibly more if you drive frugally. That is impressive.

The six-speed manual we drove was excellent on the highway, loping along in fifth or sixth with instant acceleration on tap.

It really is an impressive motor, and that’s the old diesel. Wait until this guy gets a drive of the TTiD when it comes. It’s an even better drive.

Speaking of the impending release of the 2008, when it comes we’ll see no more of this:

We like the look of it especially around the flanks, but the front is a pretty generic Saab.

I think the 2008 front end will put an end to that sort of stuff.

A good read (they love the ragtop – yes!) and worthwhile for any of you contemplating a 2007 model at clearout prices (is there any such thing on the ‘vert? Probably not).

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  1. It’s a moot point here in the States anyway, but I can’t help but think back to your writings about the TTiD from Sweden, Swade. You mentioned that while the noise levels inside the car are quite low it’s pretty well audible at idle from outside the car. I wonder how this would impact a driver of a TTiD convertible. Would the engine noise levels be so high as to be a concern?

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