Is the TX Edition Saab 9-3 the best value Saab ever?

I just prompted to this one by our old mate and Saab author, Lance Cole. As I had a closer look at it, I figured it was possibly the best new car value I’d seen from Saab.
I should say right here at the start that this stuff is from the Saab GB website and may or may not be applicable to other markets. You’d have to check your local Saab site.
A few years ago, Saab released some 60th anniversary models that were snapped up like hotcakes and were widely regarded as representing excellent value. I haven’t compared those to these TX editions, but with the availability of the TTiD engine and the TX pack, all for less than the standard 9-3 price, it’s pretty compelling.
The TX package builds on the “Turbo Edition” cars that Saab are selling at the moment.
The Turbo Edition model in the UK see you get the following kit as standard:

  • Leather seats
  • Climate control
  • 5 Spoke 17″ alloy wheels
  • Heated front seats
  • Cruise control
  • Rear parking assistance
  • CD player with MP3 compatibility

Upgrade further to the TX edition and you get a bunch of Turbo-X inspired goodies added into the bargain:

  • Aero front bumper
  • titanium finish grille
  • front fog light surrounds
  • special 17″ 5-spoke alloy wheels
  • perforated leather sport steering wheel
  • carbon fibre effect decor
  • carpet floor mats with grey edge piping

img_TXPack_304x173.jpg The alloys that come on the TX edition are the ones I have pictured at left, and they look absolutely sensational. The other trim pieces etc are all subtle inclusions, but add up to a very classy looking package.
Fancy floor mats? I hear you saying. Well, go and price some really good ones and you’ll see that that particular small part of this package is actually worth some reasonable coin.
Let me put it this way – when you’re a Monte Carlo owner who really wants a Viggen, you realise how much it costs to upgrade the various bits and pieces necessary o do the job. It ain’t cheap.
The best part about this TX edition is the price. I can’t see a specific price for a TTiD version, but the “Turbo Edition” with the TTiD engine is priced at £20,495.00 OTR, which is exceptionally good.
The only TX edition price I can see is the 1.8t price, which has a £500 price premium over the base Turbo Edition.
Theoretically then, applying the same difference to the TTiD car, you may well be able to get a TTiD version with the TX package for under 21K, which is bordering on insane!
When you consider the next TTiD model up the range is the Vector Sport at over £25K, this really does look like a pretty good package.
You can check all the TX edition details at the Saab Offers page for Great Britain.

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