This is the epitome of a mixed review.
I don’t know if it’s a type, or if this guy didn’t read the paperwork, but apparently he’s reviewing a 2.9 litre, 4 cylinder Saab 9-3. The “9” key is between the “0” and he “8”, so he could be in either, but given that he does refer to the turbo giving it the power of a 6 cylinder I’ll take a stab and say he was driving the 2.0T.
Some people just don’t “get” Saab and I’d take a guess and say that this guy’s one of them. Saab’s styling has always been something that divides opinion and it’s obviously not appealing to our reviewer here.
Though I’ve got to say he does take a fair bit of literary licence in an effort to entertain:
Despite the face-lift, the ’08 9-3 is blobbish, so indistinct that it wasn’t often easy to tell where the car ended and the atmosphere began.
Say you don’t like it, by all means, but don’t be so obviously stupid.
Another bit of literary licence comes in later, in a brief blurb about the ride:
Despite its power, it loathes bumps and will punish occupants’ spines with all the fervor of Vlad the Impaler when you smack one.
Other 9-3 owners might like to provide some insight here, but I’ve never found that to be the case. And in the interests of looking after cars, I’ve always tried to trat potholes with caution, anyway. “Smack” any car into a pothole and you’re probably going to feel it.
I don’t think any Saab seat is going to allow one to feel like a victim of Vlad the Impaler. Do you? Literary licence run amok once again.
Despite the licence taken and the personal insights as to the looks, there’s something here for someone looking at the 9-3. Our reviewer mentions the generous equipment levels that come as standard and the good performance from what I assume is the 2.0T. This really is a great little engine.