The latest review to hit the news is one from AutoExpress. They’ve taken the TTiD for a drive and like everyone before them, they think it’s a gem.
But the real talking point of the fresh 9-3 is the arrival of a twin-turbo diesel engine. The unit, badged TTiD, uses one small turbocharger and one large one to minimise lag and provide instant throttle response. And with 400Nm of torque available from as low as 1,750rpm, it’s certainly rapid off the line, while in-gear performance is equally impressive.
The 1.9-litre powerplant is fairly smooth, although it can get a little raucous when pushed hard. And, due to its better reactions, we prefer the manual gearbox to the optional six-speed automatic transmission.
This review is pretty similar to previous ones we’ve encountered so far – it’s an improvement, great TTiD engine, over 2,000 changes, cabin needs improvement, still not quite up to BMW and Audi, new clamshell hood, inspired by Aero-X, yada yada yada.
Interestingly, though, there’s no mention of the coming of XWD, which has been standard fare for most reviewers so far.
A worthwhile way to spend 5 minutes, though an even better way to spend 5 minutes is calling your local Saab guy and arranging a test drive so you can get the feeling for yourself!