2008 Saab 9-3 Turbo X SportCombi Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2008 Saab 9-3 - Road Test Specs

2008 Saab 9-3 Turbo X SportCombi

(2.8L V6 Turbo AWD 6-speed Manual)


Model year2008
StyleTurbo X SportCombi 4dr Wagon AWD (2.8L 6cyl Turbo 6M)
Base MSRP$42,565
Options on test vehicleSentronic 6-Speed Automatic Transmission, Cold Weather Package, Touring Package
As-tested MSRP$46,105


Drive typeAll-wheel drive
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,792cc (170cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshafts
Compression ratio (x:1)9.5:1
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)280 @ 5,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)295 @ 1,900
Transmission type6-speed Automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I: 4.15; II: 2.37; III: 1.56; IV: 1.15; V: 0.86; VI: 0.69; R: 3.39; Final: 3.53


Suspension, frontMacPherson Strut
Suspension, rearMulti-link
Steering typePower steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.0:1
Tire brandPirelli
Tire modelP Zero Nero
Tire typePerformance
Tire size, frontP235/45R18 Y
Tire size, rearP235/45R18 Y
Wheel size18 X 7.5 front - 18 X 7.5 rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearVentilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.9
0-60 mph (sec.)7.4
0-75 mph (sec.)10.8
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.4 @ 90.9
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.1
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28
60-0 mph (ft.)109
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)67.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.83
Sound level @ idle (dB)53.1
@ Full throttle (dB)77.4
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68.3

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsVery slow shifts even in sport mode. Shift speed, torque converter lock up. Seriously inconsistent. Nice powertrain, but I expected better acceleration from turbo V6.
Braking ratingVery Good
Braking commentsConsistent pedal feel and stopping distances.
Handling ratingVery Good
Handling commentsNot adjustable in skid pad, but grip is good. It is quick and stable through the cones. Very good stability control. Fun to drive. Still, quicker steering ratio would better match chassis' abilities.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)81.4
Wind (mph, direction)3 mph Southwest

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)15 City / 24 Highway / 18 Combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)18.3
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.4

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)Not Available
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,957
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)59.5/40.5
Length (in.)183.2
Width (in.)69.4
Height (in.)60.6
Wheelbase (in.)105.3
Track, front (in.)60.0
Track, rear (in.)59.3
Turning circle (ft.)39.0
Legroom, front (in.)42.3
Legroom, rear (in.)35.1
Headroom, front (in.)38.9
Headroom, rear (in.)37.0
Shoulder room, front (in.)56.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)55.1
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)29.7
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)72.3


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance5 years/100,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance3 years/36,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemOnStar
NHTSA crash test, driver4 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger4 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear4 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars

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