Why I’m hooked on Saab cars? by Phillip Paton Regardless of the model there are certain attributes of Saabs that are different to any other car. Below is what hooked me into the brand. Here is my list of top ten. What have I missed? What got you into Saab? #1 – overall exterior design Saabs have a simple Scandinavian design in my view. There are not a lot of curves and what is there is simple and just makes sense. The outside is pleasing to the eye. My top 3 favourites of recent times are the classic 900 Cabriolet Aero, classic 900 Coupe Aero and the generation 1 9-3 Aero hatchback.
#2 – low and level dash The low and level dash is one of the key features for me. This makes the whole cockpit look refined. I just don’t understand why other car companies curve their dashes.
#3 – Aero Seats The aero seats in the 9000, generation 1 9-3 and the 9-5 are the best seats in the world. They not only look great but they are the most comfortable seats I have ever sat in.
#4 – four cylinder turbo engines Saab was obviously way ahead of the times on this. They started this trend before it became a trend.
#5 – middle key holder I know that this is unique and it does make sense. #6 – quality of interior finishing with the older Saabs The earlier cars had such good internal quality of finishing. I think that this made a big difference to the feel of the car. What a shame it wasn’t as good over the last few years. My classic 900’s almost look like new inside and it is amazing that the interior could look so good after so many years of wear and tear. #7 – great looking rims Saab have some of the best looking rims ever. Here is my all-time favourite:
#8 – Driver layout I first experienced a Saab in 1997 when I was living in Melbourne and my friend had just purchased a new generation 2 900 hatch back. Before then I had really only ever experienced Japanese & American cars. When I sat in the car I was blown away. The layout of the cockpit was probably what hooked me into Saab the most. It was stylish and was focused completely on the driver. #9 – hatchbacks Some of those Saab hatchbacks have so much room in them you could move a whole house load of stuff in just a few trips. #10 – driving handling They may not be the best handling cars in the world but they are still good and are unique in their own way. They have a certain feel to them across the range of cars which is think is fairly consistent.