The article about Jan-Ake Jonsson that I published earlier was set in northern Sweden where a bunch of Swedish journalists are test driving the Saab 9-3x.
ctm’s been kind enough to track some of their initial thoughts about the car.
From Teknikens Varld:
- Looks much better in real life than in pictures.
- Manages the test track very well. If one buys this car, one should go for the eLSD option
- Feels much more like a passenger car than, for example, Volvo XC70.
- Too bad Saab didn’t gave the car some treatment on the inside to match the outside.
- Too **** bad that this car didn’t arrive five years ago or more.
- A new version that is planned to raise the sale with 5%.
- The look and the attitude is the main thing.
- Much better in terrain; otherwise like a normal 9-3 with XWD – and that means good.
- Biggest drawback is that the diesel is not available with XWD, That will scare away some European buyers.
JAJ claims they should be able to sell 3,000-4,000 cars per year.
- It’s a good looking car. Comfortable, good seats, and very good handling.
From Auto Motor and Sport:
- Winter driving gives a much better illustration of it’s handling characteristics that the Turbo X tests we did in dry weather previously.
- Very comfortable suspension setup
- Ground clearance really makes a difference for mobility
- Disappointing about the lack of diesel and XWD. Just not economically viable for Saab at the moment.