2010 Saab 9-3 2.0T 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Someone in review forum talking about future of the brand wrote that Saab should position itself as the $25K European sports sedan -- whether that is where the future is for Saab or not, I think it is a good way to position this model. It doesn't have a great interior compared to say an Audi A4 (my previous car), engine is not sublime, handling is OK (AWD helps considerably though I bought FWD version), brand cache is struggling and I will have to see on reliability. But after 2,000+ miles of driving, I have no major complaints. It's a good all around performer and if it doesn't quite excel in any obvious automotive review category, does enough to satisfy and bring the occasional smile.
Solid value (lots of good deals to be had beyond MSRP), good-looking exterior, comfortable driver seat, very good highway cruiser, where mid-range torque shines. Also, like basic look and set-up of interior -- not overloaded with buttons. Very good layout for driver.
My biggest complaint is the light steering feel and suspension never feels as planted as the Audi A4. (Test-drove the AWD version of 9-3 and that fixed much of the complaint, but decided on better deal on FWD version.) Current suspension does let you know when you are engaged in some spirited driving and that can be its own fun.
I'd also love Saab to continue to embrace the aeronautic themes in future 9-3 cars, especially as picked-up in the new 9-5 (heads-up display, speedometer, for instance).
Standard radio could also be improved.
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