The engine press in Sweden tested the 2014 Saab 9-3 Aero and made its judgment. In this case, which is rare, there is agreement among the journalists.
The 9-3 is a fun car; its powerful turbo engine guarantees this. A real Saab. But…
He has noticeably aged, modern entertainment and active security systems are missing. And in direct comparison with the competitors, the Saab appears petite. Okay, the base is not the youngest, but the space economy is good for that.
Compact outside, space inside!
Although the 9-3 is slim on the outside, there is a surprisingly large amount of space in the interior, at least on the front seats. Some modern competitors, who optically have more pounds around their hips, do not offer more space for the driver and front passenger, in some cases even less. The Swedes have done their homework on the optimal use of space.
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Another criterion is the price, which is consistently felt to be too high. Maybe you are right there, maybe not. NEVS is being crystallized more and more out of the gasoline version of the 9-3 not producing large volumes. The focus is on the EV and on China. The question arises whether Trollhättan wants to turn on the price screw under these circumstances.
Space, multimedia and modern assistance system are gray theory, as well as the price discussion. There are enough vehicles that have excellent data on the paper, but in daily use are really tired boxes.
Age does not protect against driving fun!
Jonas Fröberg from Svenska Dagbladet moved the 2014 9-3 Aero in Trollhättan around the Saab plant and through the city. The weather was wet, gray. But my favorite journalist was brisk and had a lot of fun with the “nygamla 9-3” during his test drive. That's what matters !
The movie to Test drive is at Svenska Dagbladet available. The comment is, of course, Swedish. But the most important facts are displayed so that there is no problem understanding what it is about. And driving fun requires neither language skills nor subtitles. We understand that too.