Yes, amidst all the business drama surrounding Saab and the Koenigsegg Group, there’s actually been a road test of sorts published about the Saab 9-3.
This one’s an interesting one, too, especially for those like me who don’t live in a country that taxes vehicles according to emissions. The review is published on a site called Business Green and as the name might suggest, they have a focus on emissions and taxation when it comes to car reviews.
The Saab 9-3 fares rather well, too.
Saab have delberately aimed the 2010 Saab 9-3 at the emissions-conscious with the TTiD now coming into a lower tax band, below 140 g/kg of CO2. This hasn’t been lost on the Business Green people, either.
Generating up to 180bhp and 400Nm (295lbft) of torque, the EcoPower engine offers enough poke to make the 9-3 feel very quick indeed, but it does so with a combined-cycle CO2 output of 139g/km. This equates to 53.3mpg, and puts the 1.9TTiD into VED band E, where an annual tax disc costs just £120.
For comparison, the outgoing petrol-powered 2.0t Saab 9-3 emits 216g/km and sits in band K, costing £215 to tax, while developing 175bhp and a much lower 265Nm (195lbft) of torque. And it’s largely torque, or the lack of it, that makes a car feel quick or slow to accelerate.
As you can see, you get the change, the effect and the cost (saving) for the car.
They don’t just confine themselves to numbers, however, with the review covering all the things you’d normally expect to see in a road review. Perhaps not in the same depth as a pure car magazine, but enough to give the average business customer a good indicator as to the quality of the car.
The Saab 9-3 rates well, too. I don’t know how popular this site is, but I hope a good number of potential Saab people get to see it.